296-65-010 - Asbestos worker certification

296-65-010. Asbestos worker certification

(1) To qualify for an asbestos worker certificate, an individual must:

(a) Successfully complete an approved thirty-two-hour asbestos worker training course;

(b) Achieve a score of at least seventy percent on a fifty question multiple choice closed book examination approved by the department but administered by the training course sponsor.

(i) If an individual does not pass the asbestos initial examination, then another examination (meeting the above criteria) may be given after a sufficient period of study. The new examination must not duplicate more than fifty percent of the questions used on prior examinations;

(ii) If an individual does not pass the second exam, they will be required to retake the worker initial course.

(c) Complete an initial application notarized by an approved training course sponsor;

(d) Pay the fee prescribed in WAC 296-65-025.

(2) Certificates will be issued and mailed to the individual applicants and will be valid for one year from the date of course completion.

(3) Certified asbestos workers must do the following to renew and continue certification prior to certificate expiration date:

(a) Attend and successfully complete an approved eight-hour asbestos worker refresher course;

(b) Complete a renewal application notarized by an approved training sponsor; and

(c) Pay the fee prescribed in WAC 296-65-025.

(4) Individuals whose certificates have been expired for less than twelve months will be required to achieve a score of at least seventy percent on a fifty question multiple choice closed book examination administered by the department. A nonrefundable fifty dollar fee will be charged to take this examination.

(a) If an individual does not pass the examination, then another examination (meeting the above criteria) may be given after a sufficient period of study. The new examination must not duplicate more than fifty percent of the questions used on prior examinations.

(b) If an individual does not pass the second exam, then they will be required to take an approved asbestos worker initial course.

(5) Individuals whose certificates have expired for more than twelve months will be required to take an approved asbestos worker initial course.

(6) Individuals must not perform any asbestos project work prior to issuance of the certificate.

(7) A temporary certification will be issued at the successful completion of an approved asbestos worker training course. Temporary certification is valid for six weeks from the completion of the course.

(8) The initial TSCA Title II worker accreditation certificate and the current worker certificate must be available for inspection. The current worker certificate issued by the department must be available either electronically or physically, at all times at the location of the asbestos project.

(9) The department may suspend or revoke a certificate as provided in WAC 296-65-050 and chapter 296-900 WAC.

(Amended by WSR 17-18-075, Filed 9/5/2017, effective 10/6/2017 Amended by WSR 20-03-153, Filed 1/21/2020, effective 3/2/2020)

Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. 07-03-163, § 296-65-010, filed 1/24/07, effective 4/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.26.040 and 49.26.130. 99-17-026, § 296-65-010, filed 8/10/99, effective 11/10/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.040, [49.17.]050 and [49.17.]060. 96-05-056, § 296-65-010, filed 2/16/96, effective 4/1/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 49.17 RCW. 89-21-018 (Order 89-10), § 296-65-010, filed 10/10/89, effective 11/24/89. Statutory Authority: SSB 4209, 1985 c 387. 85-21-080 (Order 85-30), § 296-65-010, filed 10/22/85.

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