Environmental Services Training and Course Descriptions

All member districts are entitled to unlimited free training classes. For more information on upcoming classes, contact us at 512.467.0222 or 800.580.8272. Attendance is limited; prompt registration is required to guarantee your choice of training. Please see the current training schedule for course locations. At least two training sessions are held every year at TASB's Austin offices (12007 Research Blvd., Walker-Davis Conference Center).

Asbestos Designated Person Training

This class addresses areas defined in the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) regulations for those responsible for the school’s asbestos program. Topics covered include:

  • Asbestos detection, identification, and assessment
  • Health effects associated with asbestos exposure
  • Control options
  • Relevant federal and state regulations
  • Management plan components

This class satisfies the current training requirements put forth in AHERA for Asbestos Designated Person training. Although there are currently no refresher requirements, it is a good idea to repeat this class every few years to keep relevant asbestos issues and requirements fresh on you mind.

Integrated Pest Management Coordinator Training

This course meets the requirements outlined by the Texas Structural Pest Control Services department within the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) for training a school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) coordinator. Topics include:

  • Regulatory requirements
  • Administration of IPM in school pest control programs
  • Principles of IPM
  • Pesticide safety practices

This class satisfies the requirements for both the initial IPM Coordinator training and provides all six continuing education units to be completed every three years as required by current regulations.

Indoor Air Quality Training

Designed to help school officials manage indoor air quality complaints and concerns in a timely manner. Attendees receive information necessary to establish an indoor air quality management plan and discuss current IAQ legislation and regulation.

Environmental/Facilities Regulatory Compliance

An in-depth look at all environmental regulations that affect schools, and how to maintain compliance with the regulations. Topics included above-ground storage tanks, back flow prevention testing, playground safety, and much more.

Grounds Management

This course examines proper practices in landscaping and grounds maintenance. Topics include:

  • Soil moisture management
  • Irrigation management
  • Grading
  • Soil amendments
  • Nutrition plans
  • Annual agronomy calendars
  • Sports turf management
  • Equipment suggestions and maintenance

Asbestos Maintenance and Operations Contractor

This two-day course includes how to clean up asbestos spills and repair damaged asbestos-containing materials. Topics include:

  • The proper use of respirators, protective clothing, HEPA vacuums
  • Repair procedures
  • Personnel air monitoring procedures
  • Fit-testing protocols
  • How to set up mini-enclosures and regulated areas
  • Personal decontamination procedures

Hazardous Materials Coordinator

This course is designed to give an overview of the practical regulatory measures for the prevention of accidents, incidents, or exposures that may cause health impairment, injury, fire, or interference with operations. It will cover federal, state, and local regulations related to both utilizing and housing hazardous materials—both in a laboratory setting and in other facilities. Topics include inventory, handling, storage, and employee training. The course material is delivered with a focus around hazardous materials commonly found at educational institutions.

Best Practices in Maintenance and Operations

Participants will explore points of emphasis for the effective and efficient operation of a school maintenance, operations and grounds departments. This course will examine staffing, processes, training, equipment and best practices for custodial services, maintenance, and grounds. Topics discussed will also include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Facility inspection
  • Routine process scheduling
  • Work order processing

School Construction Fundamentals

This course will examine key concepts and factors associated with a school construction project. Topics will include:

  • Architect selection
  • Delivery methods
  • Design processes
  • Project oversight
  • Program structure

Participants will also be invited to discuss best practices and common pitfalls related to a school facility construction project.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

Public school districts in Texas fall under both state and federal regulations pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities in district facilities. This session will discuss the differences between the state Architectural Barriers Program that is administered by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is enforced by several federal agencies. Information will be provided to help school districts:

  1. Assess their level of compliance with the state and federal regulations
  2. Determine realistic schedules for bringing their facilities into compliance
  3. Communicate with state and federal agencies when inspections or complaints identify noncompliant areas

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