Specialized Asbestos, Lead and OSHA compliance courses at Cornerstone Training Institute, Rochester, NY

   
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Cornerstone Training Institute offers specialized asbestos, lead and OSHA compliance courses.


The EPA can be stringent with respect to the time periods allowed to receive necessary training for Refresher and interim certification requirements.  In addition you only have a certain period of time to complete the necessary application process.  Our staff will be happy to partner with you to complete any necessary paperwork or applications should you require assistance.  Cornerstone also proactively monitors your training requirements once you complete a training course with us, so you are reminded when refresher courses should be completed.
 

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RRP (Renovation, Repair & Painting) Lead Abatement Courses

RRP Courses
On October 1, 2010, EPA legislation will make RRP certification mandatory for renovators who disturb paint in pre-1978 and child occupied facilities. Cornerstone Training Institute is now offering RRP certification for firms and contractors who will be affected by this new legislation.

The EPA’s Renovation, Repair & Painting regulation requires RRP Certified Renovators to take a one-day course about using "Lead Safe Work Practices" on the job. Contractors who violate the RRP regulations may face fines in excess of $32K per violation per day.

Get the complete details and sign up for training at our RRP page.
 

Refresher Courses

All EPA certifications are valid for 3 years from the date of issuance. Individuals wishing to maintain their certifications must complete an 8 hour refresher course specific to their discipline prior to the expiration of there certification. An individual may take a refresher course can take the required refresher course up to 18 months prior to their expiration date and will lose no time on their certification. I.E. If a student's certificate expires in September 2007, she/he could complete a refresher as early as March 2006. When applying to EPA after completing the March 2006 refresher the new certificate would expire in September 2010. Please note that unlike the initial training courses there is no 6 month interim certification. Students are encouraged to recertify as early as is convenient because even if the student has completed the refresher course and applied to EPA for recertification once their current certificate expires it is illegal for them to work until the new certificate has been issued. STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE THE REFRESHER TRAINING COURSE PRIOR TO THE CERTIFICATION EXPIRATION DATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE INITIAL COURSE OVER AGAIN.

None of the above courses are designed to meet the training requirements established under OSHA's Interim Final: Lead in Construction standard (29 CFR 1926.62). OSHA requires annual training for all workers who are exposed to lead at or above the action level established in the OSHA lead in construction standard.

OSHA Lead Awareness Training Course

This training program is designed to help companies comply with the OSHA Lead Standards (29 CFR 1910.1025 & 1926.62.) Information presented includes (but is not limited to) PELs, TWAs, and action levels, exposure assessment and air monitoring, hygiene and housekeeping, personal protective equipment, and medical surveillance. This course, along with any of the above courses, satisfies the training requirements for most employees.

HUD Approved Training Course

Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair, And Painting

EPA and HUD jointly developed this 8 hour training course to instruct renovators, painters, and remodelers how to work safely in homes with lead-based paint. This course is approved by HUD, in accordance with the Lead-Safe Housing Rule (24 CFR Part 35), for training contractors working in federally owned or assisted housing. EPA strongly recommends this training for all contractors who perform renovation, remodeling, painting, or maintenance in residential housing built before 1978 to protect the families that live in these homes as well as the workers and their families.

Asbestos Training Courses

Cornerstone Training Institute is accredited by the United State Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Health to provide asbestos certification training programs.

Individuals who complete an accredited New York State Health Department asbestos certification training program are eligible to apply for a New York State Department of Labor Asbestos Handler Certification (hard card) specific to the asbestos activities they intend to perform. There are several different New York State Department of Labor asbestos handlers certifications; including the asbestos abatement worker, the asbestos abatement supervisor, the asbestos inspector, the asbestos manager planner, the asbestos abatement project designer, the asbestos abatement project monitor, the asbestos abatement air sampling technician, the asbestos operation and maintenance worker and the asbestos allied trades certification.  Cornerstone will work with you to make sure you receive the proper certifications for the scope of work you intend to pursue.

Each of the asbestos certifications requires an annual refresher course, which varies in length according to the discipline (either 4 or 8 hours….see our course description for details).

 
Asbestos Air Sampling Technician
Hours: 16

The asbestos air sampling technician certification training course is normally completed in two days (16 hours with 4 hour Refreshers); however it can be customized to meet your needs.  New York State Industrial Code Rule 56 (12NYCRR56), United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations specify that this training is required for those individuals who perform asbestos air sampling activities. The asbestos abatement air sampling technician course includes a comprehensive curricula that covers all asbestos project area sampling scenarios.  Students learn about phase contrast microscopy (PCM) and transmission electron microscopy analysis (TEM). They also learn differences in sampling equipment and sampling strategies. This course has an in depth hands-on training exercise where students must calibrate and use various sampling equipment.  Each student is also required to keep a detailed project record, sampling maps, and sampling plan.  This course concludes with a fifty (50) question multiple choice exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Abatement Project Designer
Hours: 16

The asbestos abatement project designer certification training program is normally completed in two days (16 hours with 8 hour refreshers); however we can customize it to fit your schedule. New York State Industrial Code Rule (12NYCRR56) asbestos abatement regulations specify that any person who plans the scope, timing, phasing and/or asbestos remediation methods to be utilized on any asbestos abatement project must maintain this certification. New York State Department of Labor Engineering Services Unit has made it mandatory for all variance submittals to be signed by a Certified Project Designer.  New York State Education Department (NYSSED) requires asbestos abatement project designer certification for those who submit asbestos abatement plans to the NYSSED. The asbestos abatement project designer certification course incorporates extensive hands-on training exercises, an asbestos abatement project site visit and concludes with a one hundred (100) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Abatement Project Monitor
Hours: 40

The asbestos abatement project monitor certification training course is normally completed in five days (40 hours with 8 Hour Refreshers); however we can customize the training to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule 56 (12NYCRR56), United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations specify that any person, other than the asbestos abatement contractor/supervisor, who oversees the scope, methodology or quality control on an asbestos abatement project, must maintain the asbestos abatement project monitor certification. Completion of this course also allows the individual to obtain an asbestos abatement air sampling technician certification. The asbestos abatement project monitor course incorporates extensive hands-on exercises, a project site visit and concludes with a one hundred (100) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Abatement Supervisor Certification
Hours: 40

The initial asbestos abatement supervisor certification is normally completed in five days (40 hours with 8 hour refreshers); however we can customize it to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule 56 (12NYCRR56), United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations specify that an individual holding an asbestos contractor/supervisor certificate be on-site at all times during asbestos abatement activities and that such representation is required to obtain an asbestos abatement contractor’s handling license. An asbestos abatement contractor may designate an asbestos abatement supervisor as their “competent person” to serve as his/her agent for purposes of asbestos abatement site supervision. Asbestos abatement supervisors include those who provide supervision and direction to workers engaged in asbestos removal, encapsulation, enclosure and repair. This course includes sixteen (16) hours of hands-on training exercises and concludes with a one hundred (100) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Abatement Worker
Hours: 32

The initial asbestos abatement worker certification course is normally completed in four days (32 hours with 8 hour Refreshers); however we can customize it to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule 56 (12NYCRR56), United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations stipulate that any person employed on an asbestos abatement project whose duties involve the removal, encapsulation, application or enclosure of any asbestos containing material (ACM), or the disturbance of asbestos material resulting in more than one (1) 60” by 60” bag of debris, must hold an Asbestos Abatement Handler Certificate.  If the disturbance results in less than 1 bag of debris, it is likely that an Operations and Maintenance Certificate is needed (see O&M training below). The asbestos abatement worker course includes sixteen (16) hours of hands-on exercises, and concludes with a fifty (50) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Building Inspector Certification
Hours: 24

The asbestos building inspector certification is normally completed in three days (24 hours with 4 hour Refreshers); however we can customize it to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule 56(12NYCRR56) specifies that a certified asbestos inspector certificate is required for individuals who investigate or conduct surveys for asbestos containing materials, including those who collect bulk samples, survey, record or express written information on the presence or absence of asbestos in building material. Regulated activities that require an asbestos inspection or survey include building demolition, renovation, remodeling, repair, property assessment and property appraisal practices including those designated as regulatory compliance. The term “asbestos survey” can mean something completely different depending on what regulation or rule you are trying to adhere to.  At Cornerstone, our clients are given all of the extra tools and insight needed to understand the options for asbestos surveys. The asbestos inspector course includes eight (8) hours of hands on training exercises and concludes with a fifty (50) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Building Management Planner
Hours: 16

The asbestos management planner certification training is normally offered in two days (16 hours with 4 hour refreshers), however we can customize it to meet your needs. The Asbestos Management Planner certificate is for those responsible for facility asbestos mitigation activities, including management of data associated with asbestos activities, asbestos response action planning, asbestos project scheduling and administration of asbestos records and plans. The asbestos management planner also coordinates any activities of an asbestos operations and maintenance program. Asbestos Management Planners must complete the asbestos inspector training as a prerequisite to enrollment. The asbestos management planner course includes extensive hands on exercises and concludes with a comprehensive fifty (50) question exam (25 questions for refreshers). Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Asbestos Operations and Maintenance
Hours: 16

The asbestos operations and maintenance certification training course is normally offered in two days (16 hours), however it can be customized to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule 56 (12NYCRR56), the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations specify that facility or building maintenance staff that perform small scale/ short duration operations, maintenance and/or repair activities which may disturb asbestos containing materials (ACM) must complete this training. The asbestos operations and maintenance certificate is appropriate for those who shall conduct asbestos activities that will perform OSHA Class III AND will not exceed the disturbance of not more than one (1) 60” by 60” waste bag of debris. The asbestos operations and maintenance course includes extensive hands on exercises including the set-up and tear down of a minor asbestos project. This course concludes with a twenty-five (25) question exam. Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

 
Allied Trades Worker
Hours: 12

The asbestos allied trades (limited handler) certification training course is normally offered in one and a half days (12 hours), however it can be customized to meet your needs. New York State Industrial Code Rule (12NYCRR56) and Federal US Environmental Protection Agency and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos regulations specify that any tradesman who performs systems maintenance and/or repair activities inside of an asbestos containment are required to have this training. The asbestos allied trades certificate training includes extensive hands-on exercises and concludes with a twenty-five (25) question exam. Those who complete the initial training course may use their Cornerstone issued training certificate (DOH FORM 2832) as a temporary certification to work for forty-five days while they await their official ‘Hard Card’ from the New York State Department of Labor.

Mold Training

Certified Mold Inspector Certification Course
Hours: 12

In-depth, comprehensive mold inspection course in adherence with Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 295. You will receive our detailed training manual,  Chemical Guide to Indoor Air Quality / Indoor Air Quality Sampling Guide , Mold inspection forms software package  "The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality" EPA’s "A brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home"

After successfully completing this course, you'll receive a nationally recognized certification diploma.

 
Certified Mold Remediation Contractor Training Course
Hours: 2

The remediation contractor certification training course is an in-depth comprehensive mold remediation course using the latest standards for remediation.  Training adheres to the Texas Administrative Code Title 25 Part 1 Chapter 295 You'll receive our detailed training manual, the IICRC Mold Remediation Standards Guide, EPA - A brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home, and a  Mold inspection forms software package.  After successfully completing this course, you'll receive a nationally recognized certification diploma.

Safety/Compliance Training

HAZWOPER 40 Hour Training
Hours: 40

This course is designed for managers, supervisors, operators, and laborers who regularly participate in on-site hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or have potential to expose personnel to hazardous substances and health hazards.

 
HAZWOPER 24 Hour Training
Hours: 24

This course is for those persons who regularly work with or clean up hazardous materials or waste with toxic exposures within permissible levels that do not require the use of respiratory protection.

 
HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher
Hours: 8

This required one day eight-hour class is the annual refresher for the initial HAZWOPER class.

 
RCRA Compliance for Generators
Hours: 2

This is a one day class for Large and Small Quantity Generators of hazardous wastes and can fulfill the initial and/or refresher training requirements.  Topics covered include Definition of Hazardous Waste & Universal Waste, Generator Status Requirements, Waste Accumulation & Container Inspection, Labeling/Marking Requirements, Manifests/Recordkeeping, Contingency Plans, New York State Requirements, review of most common NYS DEC violations, how to prepare for a regulatory inspection and what to do after the inspection.

 
Confined Space Training
Hours: 4-6

Confined spaces are areas that have openings large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; has limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. Training is required for all employees who may work in a confined space. The training includes recognition of potentially harmful atmospheres and physical hazards associated with these spaces.

This is a one day, 4-6 hour class that complies with training mandates in OSHA's regulations to improve confined space safety and rescue procedures. Curriculum covers definitions, hazards, entry programs and permits, monitoring equipment, lock out/tag out, personal protective equipment and respiratory protection.

 
10-Hour & 30-Hour Construction Training (Hard Card)
Hours: 10 & 30

This program covers multiple OSHA topics per 29 CFR 1926. The course is usually customized to fit the work -related hazards dependant upon your situation. The training is led by highly qualified OSHA Outreach Instructor. Topics include scaffolding, fall protection, trenching and excavation, ladder safety, electrical safety, material handling, and more. The 10 Hour training is now required for all employees that work in NYS on a publicly funded project valued at $250K. The 30 Hour training is a requirement on some jobsites and is highly recommended for your project managers, superintendents, and foreman.

 
10-Hour & 30-Hour General Industry Training
Hours: 10 & 30

These courses cover multiple OSHA safety topics for either workers or managers, per 29 CFR 1910. The course is usually customized to fit the work-related hazards at each client's location.

 
Fall Protection Compliance
Hours: 3

Fall Protection Training is recommended for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program will enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and will train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards. This training is offered during General Safety Training, or can be schedule for independent courses.

This is a three-hour class that is designed to ensure compliance with the OSHA Fall Protection Standard.  Employees or subcontractors who work on scaffolding, trusses, platforms, or roofs should attend; as should general contractors, operations managers as well as safety supervisors and project superintendents.

General Safety

During this custom tailored orientation, your employees will receive an introduction to your corporate safety program. Topics may include fire extinguisher use, emergency preparedness procedures, hazard communication, injury/illness prevention program components, and personal protective equipment/respirator protection program (if applicable).  We recommend that your employees attend this 3-5 hour training on an annual basis.

 
Aerial Lift Operator

This class is designed for employees who operator hydraulic lifts. The training is recommended every 3 years.

 
Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos containing materials (ACM) can be found in nearly all pre-1980 buildings. It is important that all employees follow proper work practices to minimize the potential for disturbing ACM. This training is mandatory for employees who may be exposed to ACM in the course of their jobs (per OSHA 1910.1001).

 
Bloodborne Pathogens

Annual bloodborne pathogen training covers all your employees who have the potential for occupational exposures with blood or potentially infectious materials during the course of their job duties. Bloodborne pathogens include Hepatitis A, B, and C and HIV.

 
CPR/First Aid

We offer a wide variety of courses in CPR and First Aid, including the American Red Cross Certification. We strongly encouraged that you have 1-2 employees per crew that participate in this program.

 
Emergency Preparedness

This custom course is designed to help your employees understand the information and preparation techniques that will help them cope in the event of an emergency or disaster on your jobsites. Emergencies may include natural disasters, bomb threats, workplace violence, chemical spills, and fire. What to do before, during, and after an emergency is discussed.

 
Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguisher training is designed to familiarize employees with the types, use, and limitations of operating a fire extinguisher. This training is offered during General Safety Training, or can be schedule for independent courses.

 
Food Safety

This training will provide basic food sanitation theories and some practical knowledge for food handling and protection for food establishment workers. The training will discuss some basic food protection techniques such as temperature limits, hand washing, cross contamination, cleaning and sanitizing.

 
Forklift Training

Forklift certification is recommended every 3 years for employees who operate forklifts as part of their job duties. Training includes the potential hazards associated with forklifts and hand-on operation of the forklift.

 
Hazard Communication

OSHA’s HAZCOM STANDARD 1910.1200 (the Right-To-Know Law) requires that all employees be provided with ready access to important health and safety information regarding hazardous substances on every job site. We can provide this course as part of your annual general safety training, or as an independent 1-3 hour course.

 
Hearing Conservation

Cornerstone has established a Hearing Conservation Program designed to maintain effective control over the harmful effects of excessive noise on employees. The program includes medical monitoring and training in the use of personal protective equipment designed to limit the excessive noise that may create harmful injury to employees.

 
Ladder Safety

This in-depth course presents information on selecting, storing, inspecting, and using ladders.

This training is usually combined with other topics as part of an annual general safety program.

 
Lockout/Tagout

This custom course provides for procedures for your employees who maintain any electrical, mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and other energy systems, which could unexpectedly start up and cause injury. Authorized employees will learn to isolate, lock and tag the equipment to warn others that maintenance is occurring and equipment cannot be operated.

 
Office Ergonomics

This custom course is designed for employees who work in an office setting. Participates will learn to recognize risk factors associated with muscular-skeletal disorders (MSDs), and potential sprain/strain injuries as well as be familiar with the body areas affected. Useful exercises and workstation design are included.

 
Respirator Protection

Annual respirator safety training I required per OSHA 1910.134.  This training insures that safe practices and requirements for using the equipment are in compliance with state regulations. Respirators protect workers from inhaling particulate matter, toxic gases and fumes they may encounter on the job.

 
Trenching and Shoring

All trenches deeper than five feet are required to have means of protecting the worker in the trench. Various methods exist such as shoring or benching of the trench to prevent a cave-in onto the employee. Training will cover the necessary requirements for this activity.  Our expert instructors are extremely familiar with the rules and industry standards to protect you and your employees.