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Restricted Asbestos Handler Certification


City Environmental Protection, Department of

The Restricted 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 construction work in preparation for and / or assisting in the actual abatement work.

A restricted asbestos handler may perform electrical work, carpentry, and other specialized tasks (i.e., lighting, ventilation, enclosing the work area, etc.) necessary for the proper containment of a work area. He/she is allowed to enter the contained work area for a limited period of time to perform the specific tasks mentioned above in preparation for the actual abatement work.

A restricted asbestos handler may only perform those particular job functions specified in their application for certification (i.e. electrical work, carpentry, etc.). He/she may not engage in an asbestos project before obtaining a “Restricted Asbestos Handler Certificate” issued by NYSDOL and DEP.

NYSDOL issues a Restricted Asbestos Handler Certificate/Allied Trades Certificate and DEP issues an Asbestos Handler Certificates. Both certificates are issued 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: Restricted Asbestos Handler Application

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