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Training Program Description

The course provides participants an opportunity to maintain skills and knowledge about protecting the health and safety of personnel working with hazardous wastes and operations on a hazardous waste site. Recognition and control of hazards at a site are reviewed and competencies demonstrated with all personal protective equipment.

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

  • 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.


  • 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:

  • Regulatory review - 1 hour
  • Specific review of curricula material based upon the needs of course participants. - 3 hours
  • Selected activities and competency demonstrations directed toward the needs of the course participants. - 4 hours

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