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NIOSH 582 Course: February 7th – February 10th, 2011

Title: NIOSH 582 Course - Cinnaminson Cost: $1,200
Dates: 02/07/2011  to 02/10/2011 Type of Event: Workshop
Location: EMSL Analytical, Inc. 200 Route 130 North Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 Register Online Now!

Course Overview

This course covers all aspects of sampling and analysis using the NIOSH 7400 Method.  Proper equipment selection, calibration of equipment, sampling, sample preparation, sample analysis, calculation of results, quality assurance and quality control are all covered.  Presentations as well as plenty of hands on are combined to give the student a well rounded background in this method.

At the end of the course there is a written exam to measure the level of technical understanding.

To receive a NIOSH 582 certificate the student must attend ALL training sessions and successfully complete the written exam. 



NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course Certificate Requirements

The certificate awarded for successful completion of an AIHA approved NIOSH 582 Equivalency course must provide the following information.  The AIHA staff reviewer shall consider course certificates not meeting the following criteria on a case-by-case basis. 

1.      Name of the organization providing the course

2.      Name of the course instructor

3.      Title of the course

4.      Contact hours of the course

5.      Date of course completion

6.      Name of the successful participant



NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course Instructor Qualification Requirements

An instructor of an AIHA approved NIOSH 582 Equivalency course must meet the following requirements. 

1.    Education and Experience

§  Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable physical or biological science.

§  In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, four years of nonacademic analytical experience in fiber counting.

2.    Successful completion of a NIOSH 582 Course or Equivalent



NIOSH 582 Equivalent
General Course Outline

1.   Course Overview and Introduction

1.1   Registration and course introduction

1.2   Course objectives

1.3   Asbestos Overview (Mineralogy, types, history, uses)

1.4   Health effects

Asbestos Regulations

2.1   Life cycle of a Typical Asbestos Project

2.2   Regulatory bodies (i.e., NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, States, etc.)  

2.3   Federal regulatory requirements 

2.4   Compliance determination

2.5   Proficiency programs (AIHA IH PAT and AARPT)


3.1   Safety and Respiratory Protection

3.2   Types of air filter cassettes

3.3   Pumps

3.4   Sampling calibrations

3.4.1  primary, intermediate, and secondary standards

3.4.2  hands on calibrations

3.5   Types of samples (area, personal)

3.6   Sampling strategies (sampling strategies, pump placement, # of samples, blanks)

3.7         Optimal fiber loading

Phase Contrast Microscopy

4.1   Basics of phase optics

4.2   Components and function of PCM

4.3   Microscope alignment

4.3.1 Illumination

4.3.2  Oculars

4.3.3 Phase ring centering

4.4   Microscope calibration

4.4.1   Field area determination with Stage micrometer

4.4.2   Use of Walton Beckett graticule

4.4.3   HSE/NPL resolution test slide

4.5   Microscope maintenance and cleaning

4.6   Basic understanding of what effects resolution, magnification, and image quality


5.   NIOSH 7400 Method

5.1   Overview of the method

5.1.1 Roots: P&CAM – “Asbestos Fibers in Air”

5.2   A and B counting rules

5.3   Calculations

5.3.1 Average Flow rate

5.3.2 Time Sampled

5.3.3 Sample Volume

5.3.4 Density

5.3.5  Limit of Detection

5.3.6   Blank Correction

5.3.7   Blank contamination Threshold

5.3.8 Concentration

5.3.9  TWA, STEL

5.4    Quality control  (purpose of QC, reference slides, recounts, round robin programs)

5.5   Introduction to Statistics

5.5.1 Variance

5.5.2 standard deviation

5.5.3 Reference slides and calculation of relative standard deviation/coefficient of variation

5.5.4  Upper and lower control limits

5.5.5  Training Videos on ISO 17025 and counting statistics (7 DVD set) Contents listed in separate document “ISO 17025, Quality, Statistics Training Video Syllabus.doc”


6.   Sample Receiving, Handling and Preparation

6.1   Sample acceptance and rejection

6.2   Unique sample identification

6.3   Chain of Custody

6.4   Sample preparation techniques

6.5   Hands-on sample preparation

Sample Analysis and Reporting

7.1   Fiber counting examples: drawings and figures

7.2   Procedure to count random fields

7.3   Fiber counting worksheets: what should be recorded

7.4   Hands-on fiber counting

7.5   Basic understanding of other fiber counting/ID methods (PLM, TEM, SEM)

7.6   Calculations  (concentration (f/cc), density (f/mm2), blanks in relation to calculations, limit of detection)

8.   Homework Review, Quizzes and Final Exam

8.1    Filter analysis practical. Analyst must be able to demonstrate the ability to analyze 10 past PT samples analyzed within the acceptable limits determined for the sample (Passing grade at least 85%).

8.2    Written Exam (Passing grade of at least 80%)

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