This 3.5-day course provides participants with the fundamentals of risk assessment as applied to the Superfund cleanup process. This course is designed to present an introduction to the Superfund risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding Superfund risk assessment guidance.
The course is based on the following EPA documents:
The risk assessment process is presented in an introductory format. The overall goal of the course is for the student to have a good understanding of the risk assessment process associated with Superfund (and similar) sites. Additionally, the student is introduced to many of the primary EPA guidance documents used to prepare Superfund risk assessments. This course consists of 2 days of primarily human health risk assessment instruction and a 1.5-days of ecological risk assessment instruction.
Topics include baseline risk assessment; screening level ecological risk assessment; preliminary remediation goals; applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance; data collection and evaluation; exposure assessment; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; uncertainty analysis, principles of ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment guidance for Superfund; and ecological data collection methods. Current technical and information resources will also be discussed.
Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Describe risk assessment and risk management.
Identify the applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance pertinent to human health and ecological risk assessments under Superfund.
Describe each of the four steps of the risk assessment paradigm.
Describe the eight-step process for ecological risk assessment.
Identify and describe similarities and differences between human and ecological risk assessments.
Identify and describe some of the data collection methods specific to ecological risk assessments.
Review and have a better understanding of Superfund risk assessments.
ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this event. The current event contains 27 hours which can be claimed from ABIH for CM credit.
Continuing Education Units: 2.7
THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.
*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*
IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :
ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Training location’s availability;
• COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
• Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
• Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
• Contractual number of available course training slots;
• EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
• Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.
In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
Course Dates - 10/24-10/27/2023 8:00 - 5:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and 8:00 - 12:00 (Friday)
Preference will be given to EPA Region 10 employees. Other EPA and other agency personnel may be enrolled on a space available basis.
Intended for U.S. EPA personnel only or by invitation.
Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.
In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; students will be provided loaner copies of the student manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal use from the following address:
Environmental Response Training Program Virtual University (ertpvu.org)
Entry Requirements to Federal Facilities - Training Exchange (trainex.org)
EPA Region 10 (Seattle, WA): EPA REGION 10 STAFF HAVE PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE.
Once a registration is approved, the applicant will receive a confirmed enrollment email notification (usually in the form of a confirmed Outlook email calendar event (that is not identified as “Hold the Date”).
IMPORTANT NOTICE – Actions required by EPA staff for the items that are specific to this training event/course:
3. Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”) -Applicable to all ERTP in-person courses & training dates– All EPA staff travel spending will be closely monitored/scrutinized for 5170 cost-monitoring requirements. All EPA staff registering for the above course registration links are requested to notify the EPA/Region staff identified at the bottom of this webpage in advance and provide the preliminary cost estimate details in writing via email. The Region POC and/or other EPA staff are responsible for tracking EPA 5170 spending for this training event. Travel spending includes all funds to be paid for by EPA. The 5170 conference spending requirement is not applicable to participants external to EPA, where EPA is not funding travel.
EPA travel spending “Project Code for this training event: The unique project code for this training event isTBD.****
****Participants are responsible for ensuring this code, once it is assigned, is used in the Site Project field under the Accounting tab in Concur. This code must be used for all travel authorizations, travel vouchers, and local travel vouchers related to this specific training course event. For the code shown as “TBD”, upon receipt of OCFO’s approval this webpage will be updated to add the approved code. For TA’s approved in advance, it is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure the TA is amended to add the correct project code(s) and/or MUST be added to the final Travel Voucher. For some back-to-back delivered courses, two different unique travel codes may be required. If needed, your FCO/Funds Certifying Official can provide assistance to ensure the code is entered correctly in Concur.
****Note: ERTP’s training contractors are NOT involved in EPA’s internal 5170 conference spending processes or approvals. All 5170 related questions are to be forwarded to the Region course POC, or Region Training Coordinator, and/or the EPA ERTP Contracting Officer Representatives (COR’s).