An asbestos handler is an individual who is paid to remove, repair, or enclose asbestos-containing materials. The Asbestos Handler Certification is issued to a worker who is specially trained at any of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) approved training outlets and certified by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to perform asbestos abatement work.
An individual may not engage in an asbestos project or in asbestos abatement activities unless that individual has the “Asbestos Handler Certificate” issued by NYSDOL and DEP.
NYSDOL and DEP issue Asbestos Handler Certificates in the form of photo identification cards. The DEP certificate is valid for two years, and the NYSDOL certificate is valid for one year.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Bureau of Environmental Compliance
59-17 Junction Boulevard, 8th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Asbestos Handler Application