It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the industry or simply a customer looking to brush up on a little background knowledge; when it comes to understanding what certification is and why it matters, it can be difficult to parse through the jargon on paper.
Luckily, you don’t have to — because we’re here to break it down for you.
Specifically, for those curious about NIOSH 582 certifications, the likes of which deals with asbestos, we’re ready to answer your top three questions:
#1 — What Is NIOSH 582 Training?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 582 certification is designed to train air quality professionals in the proper processes of both sampling and evaluating airborne asbestos dust.
“The course … consists of lecture topics, demonstrations, and laboratory work,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “The lecture topics included asbestosis, sampling and calibration equipment, sampling procedures, asbestos structures as determined by microscopy, microscope use and calibration, counting procedure, and methods for identifying asbestos.”
That being said, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) no longer offers the course through its own organization. Now, professionals seeking this specific training must find it through a credible NIOSH 582 Equivalency course.
To find trusted providers of this course in your state, we recommend you review the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Registry Program.
#2 — Why Does Asbestos Need to Be Sampled and Evaluated?
Why sample and evaluate asbestos? Simple: because it may pose a danger to one’s wellbeing.
In fact, asbestos — which has long been used in a broad variety of construction and automobile manufacturing — “is a known carcinogen and requires air sampling to assess airborne exposure to human health,” the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains.
In short, the more one is exposed, the more likely they are to suffer adverse health effects down the road.
As a result of the hazardous nature of asbestos, the EPA also dictates that samples are only to be taken by professionals who are both properly trained and accredited in handling asbestos-containing materials (ACM).
Thus, customers who are looking to have their commercial or residential space(s) properly evaluated for asbestos will want to find a reputable air quality expert who has obtained their NIOSH 582 certification.
#3 — Who Can I Call in the Southeast?
Here’s a fun fact for those living and working in Northeastern Florida and beyond: Dave Luce of Luce Air Quality has officially completed his National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 582 certification, meaning our team is ready to provide you with enhanced asbestos services!
Namely, from asbestos surveys to post-abatement clearance testing and more, we’re ready to help you provide a healthy sigh of relief in terms of asbestos exposure on your property. What better way to optimize your health and indoor air quality when it comes time for renovation, demolition, or another form of rejuvenation?
Reach out to our team today by calling 904-803-1014 to learn more about our asbestos expertise!