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Environmental Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Course Length

40 Hours

Max Attendees


Course Description

Provides participants an opportunity to learn basic skills and knowledge about protecting the health and safety of personnel working with hazardous waste and hazardous waste site work. Recognition and control of hazards at the site are presented through illustrated lectures and small group activities.  The intended audience for this course includes hazardous waste site workers, supervisors, consultants, engineers, regulators, municipal and corporate officials, environmental technology participants, and other personnel required to have 40 hour initial training in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Safely assess and respond to chemical spills and other emergencies, both onsite and offsite.
  2. Understand hazardous chemical characteristics.
  3. Perform site characterizations.
  4. Understand toxicology.
  5. Perform hazard recognition techniques.
  6. Perform medical surveillance.
  7. Perform site control.
  8. Perform air monitoring protocols.
  9. Perform personal and material sampling.
  10. Assume the role of incident commander and implement incident command.
  11. Understand personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, limitations, and how to properly don and doff PPE.
  12. Understand confined spaces and hazards associated with them.
  13. Understand and execute decontamination protocols.
  14. Understand and execute hazardous materials control measures and proper spill control and techniques.
  15. Understand and execute emergency evacuation procedures.

Course Outline

  1. Regulations Overview
  2. Site Characterization
  3. Toxicology
  4. Hazard Recognition
  5. Chemistry
  6. Radiation Hazards
  7. Respiratory Protection
  8. PPE: Clothing/Ensembles
  9. PPE: Foot, Face Hand
  10. Site Control
  11. Decontamination
  12. Medical Surveillance
  13. Air Monitoring
  14. Personal Sampling
  15. Material Sampling
  16. Safe Work Practices
  17. Confined Space
  18. Evacuation
  19. Emergency Procedures
  20. Emergency Response Hands-On Simulations