A Baton Rouge man was arrested Thursday and is accused of filing a false asbestos supervisor training certificate with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Randy Gabriel Dobard, 49, was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and the DEQ Criminal Investigation Division after he filed the certificate on April 18. Investigation by DEQ showed that the document had a false certification number, false signatures and false training dates, according to a press release from DEQ.
The trainer listed on the document, Southern Center for Environmental Justice, Inc., verified that no asbestos supervisor training class had been taught on the days listed on the document sent in by Dobard.
“The training provided by these contractors, and accredited by DEQ, is designed to protect both the workers and the public from asbestos exposures during renovations and structure demolitions,” Chuck Carr Brown, DEQ secretary, said. “Submitting false training credentials to an agency tasked with protecting human health and the environment compromises the integrity of the program.”