>We offer forty, twenty-four, and eight hour Hazardous Waste Operations courses for the following:
There are very few situations that can be more hazardous to a worker on a hazardous waste site than working from a site safety plan developed on the basis of a faulty site characterization survey. One example would be the inability to recognize the physical signs that indicate the presence of containers holding shock sensitive, reactive and/or radioactive materials. It's only through accurate identification of these materials, that an effective safety and health plan can be developed to minimize the negative impact sure to arise from the improper handling of these products.
This program has been designed in the most practical way possible to provide our students with the ability to recognize the physical signs associated with, and exhibited by, these materials. These physical signs include: placards, labels, container types, effervescence, fuming, etc. The ability to understand the potential risks in handling these materials (fire, explosion, other violent reactions), and knowledge of the techniques necessary to handle these types of materials safely are key things that students will learn.
Possible hazardous waste site scenarios make it necessary for workers to recognize and prevent accidental mixing of incompatible chemicals/materials. In addition, the waste site worker must be able to recognize physical signs of mixed materials/chemicals that are already reacting.
These are intense hands-on courses designed to meet the intent of 40 CFR (EPA), part 264.16 (RCRA) and 29 CFR 1910.120 (OSHA). These courses cover the following topics:
In order to ensure the program has met its goal and the students are fully qualified as Hazardous Waste Operations / Supervisor / General Site Worker, all students will be given a pre-test and post-test. In addition, each students skills will be evaluated during each field evolution. Minimum written test scores are 70% while field evolutions require 100% compliance as determined by each instructor. Certificates will be issued to all students meeting this criteria.
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