ASTM Standards for Asbestos Control
Instructor: Andrew F. Oberta, MPH, CIH

Manama, Bahrain, October 29, 2009
What this course is:

This one-day course describes a holistic approach to using standards from ASTM Sub-committee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, in particular E2356 Standard Practice for Comprehensive Building Asbestos Surveys and E1368 Standard Practice for Visual Inspection of Asbestos Abatement Projects. The core topics and the relationship of these standards is shown below.

• Overview of asbestos standards by ASTM Sub-committee D22.07
• Baseline surveys (E2356)
• Assessment of asbestos-containing materials (E2356)
• Baseline surveys and assessment workshop
• Operations and Maintenance (E1368)
• Pre-Construction Surveys (E2356)
• Abatement projects
– Project Design Surveys (E2356)
– Project design through removal (E1368)
– Visual inspections and clearance (E1368)
– Special procedures and safety (E1368)
• Abatement project workshop

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Most of the course is spent on E2356 and E1368, taking the class through the process of finding and identifying asbestos-containing materials, deciding to manage them in place or remove them, "thoroughly inspecting" prior to renovation or demolition for NESHAP compliance, obtaining information to develop the plans and specifications for an abatement project, and then successfully managing the project from start to finish. Workshops on assessment and abatement allow the class to work in groups as well as participate in class exercises with the instructor.

The provisions of these standards go beyond the requirements of the AHERA regulations on which most asbestos training is based.
• E2356 requires that all materials -- friable and non-friable, inside and outside the buildiing -- be sampled and assessed.
• E1368 requires two different types of visual inspections before air samples are taken for final clearance.
Consequently, participants leave with a foundation for an asbestos management program that complies with the state-of-the-art in asbestos control.
Content options:

The core topics and workshops require about 5½ hours of class time, not including breaks and lunch. The remaining time can be filled with lectures on other ASTM asbestos standards including
• E2394 Standard Practice for Maintenance, Renovation and Repair of Installed Asbestos Cement Products, covering asbestos-cement work practices
• E1494 Standard Practice for Encapsulation Testing of Friable Asbestos-Containing Surfacing Materials
• D5755 Standard Test Method for Microvacuum Sampling and Indirect Analysis of Dust by Transmission Electron Microscopy for Asbestos Structure Number Surface Loading and D7390 Standard Guide for Evaluating Asbestos in Dust on Surfaces by Comparison Between Two Environments, covering Asbestos in settled dust

Although this is not intended as an introductory course, an Asbestos Awareness segment can be included that meets EPA and OSHA requirements for this level of training. For those whose workers perform OSHA Class III work, segments on Operations and Maintenance and Negative Exposure Assessments are available.

Other needs of a specific requester can be addressed, in confidence if necessary and appropriate, during the course. Provisions can be made for the instructor to spend additional time in consultation on matters of importance to the requester.
What this course in not:

This is not Asbestos 101 – some familiarity with asbestos and the methods of controlling its hazards is assumed. Health effects, respiratory protection and regulatory fundamentals are not covered unless requested.

The course does not qualify participants for accreditation in any AHERA discipline or for licensing by any state.

Analytical methods will be discussed in the context of the standards but detailed instructions on their use will not be given. This is not NIOSH 582.

Course materials:

The lectures will be profusely illustrated with Powerpoint slides and videos from the instructor’s extensive collection. If requested, course notebooks containing copies of these slides can be made available. All course materials are copyrighted by The Environmental Consultancy.

The standards discussed are copyrighted by ASTM International and therefore copies cannot be provided to attendees unless they are purchased from ASTM. Arrangements to do so can be made on request, or visit to purchase copies.

The ASTM Manual on Asbestos Control: Surveys, Removal and Management – Second Edition, discusses the standards covered and is a useful adjunct and reference. Arrangements for its purchase from ASTM can also be made, or visit

Training programs on using E2356 and E1368 in Powerpoint that contain many of the slides and follow the sequence of the lectures are available from

Arranging for the course:

There are no present plans for an “open enrollment” course under the auspices of ASTM. ASTM will arrange a course on request, which is one option you can pursue:
• Before you contact ASTM, send an e-mail to or call (800) 668-1368 to discuss your objectives and logistical details.
• Contact Gabriella Frisoli at (610) 832-9591; to get a price that includes the instructor’s charges, reproduction of course notebooks and meeting facilities (unless you provide them). Copies of the standards and the Manual on Asbestos Control can be included.
• Under this arrangement the instructor’s fees and expenses are paid by ASTM.
• The attendees receive certificates from ASTM as well as CEUs and ABIH CM points.

An alternative to presenting the course under ASTM auspices is illustrated by the Professional Development Course presented at the American Industrial Hygiene Association conference on June 1, 2008. This course was titled ASTM Standards for Evaluation and Control of Asbestos Hazards and included course notebooks provided by AIHA but not copies of the standards or Manual. If you want the course presented under the auspices or your organization or another group:
• Send an e-mail to or call (800) 668-1368 to discuss your objectives and logistical details, identifying the organization under whose auspices you want the course conducted.
• The organization you designate will be contacted with a proposal for the instructor’s fees and expenses, identifying the costs such as course notebook reproduction, purchasing of ASTM publications and meeting facilities that the sponsoring organization is expected to bear.
• Certificates of attendance can be provided by the sponsoring organization or by The Environmental Consultancy.

If no sponsoring organization is available, the course can be presented under the auspices of The Environmental Consultancy, with whom all contractual arrangements will be made. Again, send an e-mail to or call (800) 668-1368 if you want to discuss this option.