Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii’s Globeteck Group Inc, a company charged with the task of training and certifying technicians in the proper removal of asbestos, has been cited by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) for violations of the state’s official asbestos training and certification regulations, reports an article in the Hawaii Reporter.
The article notes that Globeteck Group has been fined $10,000 and was cited for “two counts of issuing course completion certificates to a student who did not successfully complete two concurrently run training courses, and failing to properly ensure and document that each person receiving a certificate achieved a passing score on the examination.”
The infractions were discovered by a Department of Health representative during routine re-certification activities earlier this year. When the rep suspected that there may have been violations occurring, the company’s records were inspected and the illegal certifications and other issues were discovered.
The proper removal of asbestos is serious business and companies like Globeteck are set up around the country to insure that anyone involved in the abatement of the material carries out the proper procedures so that no one is exposed to the fibers from the toxic mineral, which can cause a plethora of lung-related illnesses including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other cancers. In Hawaii, asbestos professionals must attend annual training classes in order to keep up to date on any new or improved methods of handling asbestos.