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Virtual Assistant Safety Officer
Dec 01, 2020 - Dec 02, 2020
Live Online Class, Internet Based

Virtual Assistant Safety Officer (ASO) Course

This course provides participants with course work for the position of Assistant Safety Officer (ASO). It covers the roles and responsibilities of an ASO and the relationship of the ASO to the Safety Officer (SO) within the Incident Command System (ICS). The student will review the administrative functions of the SO (e.g., participating Incident Management Team meetings and incident briefings, and conducting investigations) but the real emphasis will be on how to be the “eyes and ears” of the SO in the field. This training is designed to provide the ASO with a better understanding of field operations to help ensure the smooth flow of information between the field and Incident Command. This, in turn, helps improve the efficiency and safety of field operations, and decreases the likelihood of injuries and "stop work" orders.

Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises. A certificate of course completion will be awarded to those students who have 100% attendance.

Target Group

This course is intended for U.S. EPA personnel who have completed the 24-hour EPA Field Health and Safety Training Course and/or the 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Course. This course is REQUIRED for all new ASOs and RECOMMENDED for ASOs who have already served as an ASO. An instructor will review all registrations.


After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ASO roles and responsibilities;
  • Describe the interactions of the ASO with the SO and other Incident Command positions;
  • Locate and use the tools found in the EPA SO Toolbox;
  • Perform the administrative functions of the SO;
  • Identify common safety concerns on project sites, and specific hazards associated with different kinds of emergencies;
  • Use the ASO Field Audit Guidance document to evaluate and control site hazards;
  • Describe specific areas of special technical expertise that ASOs can contribute to site operations; and
  • Identify references and resources that can be consulted for additional information.   

Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

The above times for the course are Eastern time

A Computer with Microsoft Teams App is required for this course

More information and registration


Visualizing and Analyzing Environmental Data with R
Dec 01, 2020 - Dec 02, 2020
Austin, TX

This course is designed for participants who wish to gain beginning to intermediate skills in using R for manipulating, visualizing and analyzing their environmental data. R is a comprehensive statistical programming language that is cooperatively developed on the Internet as an open source project. This freely available statistical package R is a powerful tool and is projected to become the most widely used statistical software.

This class is taught using real-world environmental data sets and is hands-on using instructor-led examples. It is applicable to anyone that conducts environmental monitoring or uses environmental data for research, management, or policy-making and is recommended for anyone needing to become proficient with R basics. Being proficient in R will help participants be competitive in their chosen fields.

After completing this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the uses of R for working with environmental data
  • Installing R and R libraries
  • Import and export data from a range of sources including Excel and Access
  • Sorting, merging, and aggregating, subsetting, and converting data
  • Query and display data and generate basic data summaries
  • Create a variety of high quality data visualization graphics
  • Perform common statistical tests including t-tests, ANOVA, and linear models
  • Develop basic scripts to automate and document procedures and analyses

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $595/$545*; $645/$595* thereafter
(*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at

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Removal Process
Dec 07, 2020 - Dec 11, 2020 - POSTPONED
Philadelphia, PA

The Removal Process course provides OnScene Coordinators (OSC) and others who support the removal program with fundamental information and practical knowledge needed to plan, conduct or support removal actions effectively in response to releases of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants as well as discharges of oil under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The Removal Process course is structured to follow the framework of the NCP. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn to carry out the step-by-step process of conducting a removal action. The course follows the chain of events from site discovery to completion of the removal action, demonstrating how the enforcement process is integrated into various phases of the removal process.
  • Understand the authorities and limitations of an OSC during a removal action. The course provides a comprehensive review of statutory and regulatory requirements, including an overview of response authority, requirements for public participation and regulations governing contracting services.
  • Understand the Incident Command System/Unified Command (ICS/UC) and an OSC’s role during an emergency response. This course strengthens an OSC’s ability to use the ICS/UC effectively and reiterates the roles and responsibilities of an OSC during emergency responses to releases of hazardous substances. The course examines the organization of the ICS/UC and provides a thorough discussion of the planning and support functions associated with the ICS/UC.
  • Use their newly developed knowledge and skills to solve real-life problems. Participants are challenged to apply the information and knowledge acquired during the course to realistic exercises and case studies and will be presented with tools and resources available to the OSC.

The Removal Process course is an intermediate 4 1/2 day training that is geared towards OSCs and other responders or removal program personnel (Headquarters regional coordinators, Removal Managers, enforcement personnel and Special Team members) who are responsible for or need to know about removal response activities under CERCLA as well as the Oil Pollution Act (OPA)/Clean Water Act (CWA). Other Federal Agency OSCs and State OSCs will also be permitted to attend. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO NON-FEDERAL AGENCY OSCS, NON-STATE OSCS, TRIBES, ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. The Fundamentals of Superfund Course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal Process course.

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

Daily Class Times:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

This offering has been postponed. More information.



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