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Training Program Description

The course provides participants an opportunity to learn basic skills and knowledge about protecting the health and safety of personnel working with hazardous wastes and hazardous waste site work. Recognition and control of hazards at the site are presented through illustrated lectures and small group activities.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Accept the need for OSHA regulations and understand related HAZWOPER requirements.
  • Describe work site characterization.
  • Plan a site safety and control program.
  • Recognize work site hazards.
  • Categorize the characteristics and hazards associated with chemicals.
  • Grasp and better understand the principles of toxicology.
  • Recognize the purpose, importance, and limitations of respiratory protection programs.
  • Recognize the purpose, importance, and limitations of personal protective equipment.
  • Identify various types of protective equipment for face, head, foot, and hand protection.
  • Explain the importance and provisions of a medical surveillance program.
  • Recognize the value of direct reading instruments and the potential hazards from air monitoring.
  • Describe various personal sample collection methods.
  • Explain how to monitor waste site for radiological hazards.
  • Explain the need and value of a detailed plan for material sampling.
  • Itemize the various considerations in an emergency situation.
  • Describe concerns and need for proper training on safe work practices.
  • Recognize the hazards and procedures involved in entering a confined space.
  • Recognize the issues and hazards related to trenching and site excavations.
  • Display dependability, teamwork, and safe work practices during hands on training.
  • Demonstrate decontamination purposes and principles.
  • Demonstrate capability in the proper procedures for the use of PPE during hands on training.

Topics:

  • Regulations Overview
  • Site Characterization
  • Toxicology
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Chemistry
  • Radiation Hazards
  • Respiratory Protection
  • PPE: Clothing/Ensembles
  • PPE: Foot, Face Hand
  • Site Control
  • Decontamination
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Air Monitoring
  • Personal Sampling
  • Material Sampling
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Confined Space
  • Evacuation
  • Emergency Procedures

Required topics and time frames:

  • Regulations Overview - 1 hour
  • Hazard Recognition - 1 hour
  • Toxicology - 1 hour
  • Chemical Awareness - 2 hours
  • Site Characterization and Control - 2 hour
  • Radiological Hazards - 1 hour
  • Medical Surveillance - 1 hour
  • Respiratory Protection - 2 hours
  • Personal Protective Equipment Level A,B,C - 7 hours
  • Air Purifying Respirators - 2 hours
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus - 2 hour
  • Decontamination - 2 hours
  • Air Monitoring and Personal Samplers - 2 hours
  • Material Sampling - 1 hour
  • Site Simulation - 3 hours
  • Emergency Procedures and Safe Work Practices - 3 hours
  • Confined Space and Excavation - 2 hours
  • Terminal Activities - 1 hour
  • Review, Exam, and Discussion - 4 hours


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