Safety Training And Certification Programs

The ASSE Series 12000 is an industry-developed, ANSI-approved standard and certification program. The ASSE Series 12000 contains the following sections:

ASSE 12005, Professional Qualifications Standard for the Health and Safety of the Construction and Maintenance Generalist

This standard provides general knowledge of pathogens, biohazards, and infectious diseases for plumbing, piping, and mechanical systems workers, or any individual who has the potential for exposure to pathogens, biohazards, or other potentially infectious material (OPIM), with the objective of providing continuing education. Eligible individuals include any person with an interest in pathogens, biohazards, and infectious diseases.

ASSE 12010, Biological Pathogens Professional Qualification Standard for Construction and Maintenance Personnel

This standard provides general knowledge of pathogens, biohazards, infectious diseases, and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) for construction and maintenance personnel, or for any individual who has the potential for exposure. The objective is to provide training, continuing education, and certification to minimize exposure of pathogens, biohazards, and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) in the work place.

ASSE 12020, Biological Pathogens Professional Qualification Standard for Construction and Maintenance Employers

This standard provides general knowledge of pathogens, biohazards, infectious diseases, and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) for employers, or employers' representatives, of construction and maintenance personnel, or for any individual who is directly responsible for someone who has the potential for exposure. The objective is to provide training, continuing education, and certification.

ASSE 12030, Waterborne Pathogens Professional Qualification Standard for Construction and Maintenance Personnel

This standard provides general knowledge of waterborne pathogens, biohazards, viruses, microorganisms, bacteria, protozoa, mold, algae, and other potentially infectious material (OPIM) for construction and maintenance personnel, or for any individual who has the potential for exposure. The objective is to provide training, continuing education, and certification.

ASSE 12040, Professional Qualification Standard for Construction and Maintenance Personnel for Contamination/Infection Prevention Procedures to Protect Facility Occupants and Operations

This standard provides general knowledge about contamination/infection prevention procedures to protect facility occupants and operations, with the objective of providing training, continuing education, and certification.

SCOTT HAMILTON is Senior Director of Competency Development Services for IAPMO Training and Education. A 25-year veteran of the trades, Hamilton joined IAPMO Training and Education after holding the position of ASSE International Executive Director and serving the prior 14 years as president of Plumbers Union Local 75 in Milwaukee, for which he also served as training director of the Educational Fund since 2004. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Hamilton completed the United Association's Instructor Training program and has been teaching for more than 20 years.