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Part of our mission is to increase preparedness through training with federal agencies, states, tribes, local organizations, and the regulated community.
To meet this goal we have many free training opportunities. Below you will find a list of classes.
A minimum of 20 people is required to set up a group class. The first step is to email Mark Wullstein or call him at 303-3121-6152 to discuss setting up a class for your group.
Classes Provided Through the EPA Environmental Response Training Program (ERPT):
- Air Monitoring for Emergency Response (2 days)
- Air Monitoring for Hazardous Materials (4 days)
- Chemistry for Environmental Professionals (4 days)
- Introduction to Ground Water Investigations (3 days)
- Environmental Remediation Technologies (3 days)
- Introduction to Risk Assessment (3 days)
- Overview of Environmental Geophysics (1 day)
- Sampling for Hazardous Materials (3 days)
- Radiation Safety (3 days)
- ICS 300 and/or ICS 400 - Incident Command System
- Hazardous Materials Technician (NOT NFPA 472) (3 days)
- Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents (5 days)
- Advanced Ground Water Investigations
ERPT also offers Virtual On-line classesfor individuals. For more information on the above listed classes or Virtual classes go to the Environmental Response Team Home Page.
Classes Provided Directly Through the EPA Region 8 Preparedness Unit:
- CAMEO/MARPLOT/ALOHA: CAMEO is a system of software applications used widely to plan for and respond to chemical emergencies. It is one of the tools developed by the EPA's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Response and Restoration (NOAA). The software is available free at: http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/cameo/
- 40-hour HAZWOPER Training : The OSHA required training for anyone working on a site where hazardous materials may be present. This course covers all the classroom and hands-on training required in 29CFR1910.120.
- 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training : The required annual training under OSHA regulations 29CFR1910.120.
- 8-hour HAZWOPER Supervisor Training : Additional training required by OSHA 29CFR1910.120 for persons that supervise other OSHA HAZWOPER trained personnel on a hazardous materials incident.
- 8-hour HAZWOPER Hazard Communications Training : Additional training required by OSHA 29CFR1910.120 for all employees where the work place does or may have hazardous materials present.
- Basic Chemical Hazard Classification Course (8 hours): A course on how to use very basic wet chemistry methods to determine the DOT class or nature of a chemical, biological, or radiological substance that may be present. This is a very easy and rapid method to determine or confirm a possible hazardous materials presence. It does not specifically identify the chemical, but helps classify into a DOT hazard class. This is a half day lecture and half day hands-on training on some of the most common hazardous materials that are used and spilled.
- Practical Hazardous Materials Instrumentation (8 hours): This course covers the use of the most common types of HazMat instrumentation currently available. Subjects include the common detectors such as combustible gas indicators, oxygen meters, specific chemical monitors, photo ionization detectors, flame ionization detectors, flame photometric detectors, infrared indentification instrumentation, and mass spectroscopy. The class will cover how the instrument detects the material and what problems may be encountered while using a specific type of instrument.
- IAFA Hazardous Materials Chemistry (16 hours): The basic chemistry class necessary for Hazardous Materials Technicians. This course follows the outline incorporated by IAFA and NFPA. It covers all the aspects necessary to become aware of the basic chemical and physical properties of materials as they apply to hazardous materials incidents. It covers basic hazardous materials, chemical principals, physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials, organic chemical, and radiation chemistry.
- Hazardous Materials Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Specialists (40 hours): An advanced class that covers the most common chemistry principals that a specialist would need to know to cover hazardous materials incidents. It is similar to the IAFA Hazardous Materials Course, but with much more detail, hands-on exercises, and real life scenario problems.
- Clandestine Laboratory Chemical Safety Training (8 hours): The class covers the chemical hazards present at clandestine laboratories, chemical and physical properties of the many hazardous chemicals that are found in these labs, and the common dangers encountered while investigation these sites.
- Unknown Chemical Identification Course (8 hours): A hands-on training where students will use a wide variety of instrumentation as well as information sources to identify a substance or confirm the presence of a dangerous material.
- Unknown Powder Incidents (4 hours): A lecture and hands-on training on sampling, testing and scenario exercises on how to handle incidents that have an unknown powder.
- Level A Sampling Exercise (8 hours): A training class where students will be sampling a variety of matrixes in Level A, fully encapsulated suits. Sampling will include air, water, liquids matrix from a variety of scenarios. This class will include the proper collecting techniques and documentation for sample collection.