The Asbestos Worker



Scope of Work - The work of the asbestos worker today covers industrial, commercial, transportation and cryogenics.  Industrial applies to all types of industries such as chemical process and petrochemical.  The commercial field includes building, building services and refrigerated spaces.  Transportation includes the insulation of trucks, trailers, railroad cars and ships.  Cryogenics is the field of low temperature service, such as required by the liquefied gases.  The asbestos worker today works with many types of materials, such as fiberglass, cork and calcium silicate.  They insulate hot and cold piping, refrigerant lines, duct work boilers and tanks.


Working Conditions - Asbestos workers generally work indoors.  They spend most of the workday on their feet, either standing, bending, or kneeling.  Insulation work is often dusty and dirty.  The minute particles from the insulation materials, especially when blown, can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.  Removing cancer-causing asbestos insulation is a hazardous task and is done by specially trained workers.  To protect themselves from the dangers of asbestos and irritants, workers follow strict safety guidelines, wear protective masks and respirators, take decontamination showers and keep work areas well ventilated.





Apprenticeship Requirements


Length of Program - 4-year apprenticeship, one evening a week. (approximately September through May)


Requirements - Required high school diploma or GED. 18 Years minumum posses a valid drivers license and live in the geographical area as specified for each individual training program.


Courses Required - Pattern Cutting, math, Scaffold Building, Metal Cutting, pattern and Blueprint Reading.

Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 25

Mike Lassen, JAC Coordinator

Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

21353 Bridge St.

Southfield, MI  48033

(248) 352-1850

FAX (248) 352-1851


Territories Covered: Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County, St. Clair County and Eastern Washtenaw County.



Toledo Area Heat and Frost Insulators - Local 45 - JATC

Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center

4535 Hill Avenue

Toledo, Ohio   43615

(419) 531-5911

FAX (419) 531-4392


Territories Covered:  County of Monroe & Portions of Lenawee County.



International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local Union 47

             Phillip Wilson, Training Coordinator

419 Washington square, Suite 301

Lansing, MI  48933

(517) 708-0665


Patrick Welch, Career Opportunity Consultant - (989) 799-5780


Territories Covered: 60 Counties of Lower Michigan and Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties in the Upper Peninsula.


Local 47 - JATC Training Center

906 Terminal Rd.

Lansing, MI 48906



Heat and Frost Insulators & Asbestos Workers - Local 75

David Clark, Training Coordinator

St. Joe Valley Building Trades Building

1345 Northside Blvd.

South Bend, Indiana  46615

(574) 282-1650

FAX (574) 282-8032


Andrew Miller, Career Opportunity Consultant – (574) 282-1650


Territories Covered:  Berrien and Cass Counties.



Heat and Frost Insulators & Allied Workers - Local 127

33 East 3rd St.

PO Box 185

Clintonville, WI 54929-1707

715) 823-9144


Jeremy Wicke, Business Manager & Training Coordinator


Territories Covered: Central & Western Upper Peninsula.