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Why Should Technicians Get An Asbestos Certification With IICRC

There are a variety of hazards that a technician can encounter on the job, and one of the most important ways a technician can maintain personal safety when working with older homes is to get asbestos certification from an IICRC-approved school. Not only does certification from a credible and respectable organization show costumers that a technician is a professional, it also assures them that the technician on their job knows exactly what he or she is doing.

In addition, education can be crucial in avoiding unnecessary risk or danger—something professionals in the field should be constantly wary of. After all, when it comes to handling dangerous substances, safety should always be the top priority.

Why should a technician get asbestos certification?

Asbestos is a highly dangerous material. During the 1970s, it became widely understood that the substance was potentially deadly. However, due to its extreme popularity before that time, the material can frequently be found in older homes, particularly in structures dating from the early 1900s up until the 1970s. Once thought to be an ideal substance for fire-proofing and insulating homes, its use is now largely shunned in the construction industry. Understanding the danger of working with this material is crucial before beginning any projects where it may be present.

Asbestos refers to a group of six silicate minerals—chrysotile, tremolite, anthophyllite, amosite, crocidolite, and actinolite. What all six have in common is that they are composed of what are essentially millions of tiny fibers. These fibers are microscopic and therefore invisible to the naked eye. When these fibers are disturbed, often by way of abrasion or other processes that commonly occur in home renovation or maintenance, they can be inhaled and become lodged in lungs. This can lead to very serious illnesses that are often fatal, including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

These fibrous minerals can be in many places within a home, from plaster to vinyl floor panels, from roofing and beyond. With more exposure comes a higher risk of disease, but any inhalation whatsoever of asbestos is unsafe. Additionally, fibers can be present on clothing exposed to the substance and can subsequently become inhaled by family members or loved ones at home.

It is extremely important to know exactly how to approach this material and to take any possible preventative measures to reduce the risk of inhalation. As a result, any technician who may be working with asbestos should receive formal certification courses, not only for his or her own health but also for the safety of others.

Getting asbestos certification

No matter a technician’s needs, whether it’s asbestos certification or certification for any of the other tasks that a technician can expect to encounter working in the field, it’s wise to be aware of possible dangers and how to approach them safely. The IICRC—Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Certification—approves courses across the United States and beyond to prepare technicians for the numerous challenges that they can expect to encounter on a day to day basis in this industry.

Technicians should visit the education certification section of the IICRC’s website for information specific to courses that fit their needs and interests.

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