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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
May 20, 2019 - May 24, 2019
Seattle, WA

This 5-day course is designed for personnel involved with the investigation and remediation of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and, to a lesser extent, response to an accident involving hazardous materials. It provides basic information needed to meet the forty hours training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(i) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods and procedures for recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazardous substances.
  • Identify concepts, principles, and guidelines to properly protect site or response personnel.
  • Discuss regulations and action levels to ensure health and safety of the workers.
  • Discuss fundamentals needed to develop organizational structure and standard operating procedures.
  • Select and use dermal and respiratory protective equipment.
  • Demonstrate the use, calibration, and limitations of direct-reading air monitoring instruments.

Participants will be more knowledgeable in hazardous waste operations, team functions, personnel health and safety procedures, and operation of field monitoring equipment. In some segments of the course, participants are required to wear respiratory equipment, which precludes wearing eyeglasses. Individuals who are severely restricted without their glasses should be aware that their participation may be limited unless they have contact lenses, their own spectacle kit or spectacle-equipped respirator facepiece. During some exercises, participants are required to wear chemical protective clothing, which may be stressful to certain individuals.

NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment. This must be received prior to the course start date. Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar. If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301-934-9584.

It is highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700 and 800. This training is available for free on the FEMA website. Per EPA direction: Manuals are no longer issued in class. Students will be provided information on where they can go to download a copy to bring to class.

COURSE MANUAL: can be downloaded by registered students. Information will be provided.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=39

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

This course is limited to personnel from EPA, other Federal Agencies, Tribes, and State and Local Government, and is free of charge for them.  Personnel not directly employed by a government agency (e.g. private industry or contractor) CANNOT be accepted into this course.

Note:  A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of the medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment.  This must be received prior to the course start date.  Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar.  If registration completed on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301.934.9584.

Highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700 and 800.  This training is available for free on the FEMA website.  

Per EPA directions:  Manuals are no longer issued in class.  Students will be provided information on where they can download a copy to bring to class.

More information and registration

 

DES Oversight Support: Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019
Seattle, WA

This course is a training and practical applications course that provides a comprehensive overview and instruction of how to plan, compete, and administer oversight support (OS) task orders under the Design and Engineering (DES) suite of RAF contracts.

By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

Learn how to develop an OS project delivery strategy. The course discusses how to determine the most optimal project delivery for an OS project with a focus on comprehensive and thorough project planning. This course will highlight the importance of assembling and project team and using risk management to develop project requirements and consider the use of performance based acquisition approaches. In addition, this course will discuss different procurement approaches and task order types available under the DES contract. Last, this course will also discuss workload and funding considerations when assembling an OS task order.

Understand how to consider project-specific needs when completing the Task Order Initiation Form. The course focuses on the elements of the task order initiation form that are critical in project-specific planning. Specifically, this course will explain how to use the key personnel contract clause, how to use the Standard Form (SF)-330 database for DES task orders, and how to write or assemble technical evaluation factors based on key project needs, task order procurement approach, and the suite of contracts being used.

Develop an awareness of the steps and time necessary to conduct fair opportunity. The course discusses the ESO and 2-step DES fair opportunity processes and provides lessons learned and best management practices for review boards for each process.

Gain general knowledge of how to administer OS task orders. This course discusses task order administration under DES with a focus on the process and requirements for task order amendments for each contract, invoice review and approval procedures, and how to evaluate contractor performance.

Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants are encouraged to attend their course with their project team and bring an actual OS project to the course. Participants will take part in several breakout sessions that will provide them an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to their OS project.

This course is a 3-day course and is designed for Remedial Program Managers (RPMs), program support staff and management, and contracting officers who are part of an Integrated Project Team (IPT) that will be planning and competing an OS task order under the DES contract in the next twelve months. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees be knowledgeable on the basics of RAF and have preferably taken RAF 101.

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

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

More information and registration

 

RPM 201
May 21, 2019 - May 23, 2019 - POSTPONED
Seattle, WA

RPM 201, an intermediate-level training course, expands on the Remedial Process course. The course is offered as part of the ongoing effort to prepare RPMs for the challenges they will encounter during all aspects of a remedial action. The instructional methodology will include case studies to provide participants an opportunity to apply the skills learned during the course. The course will also include time for participants to ask specific questions about their own sites they currently are working on, as well as emerging technical and programmatic policy and guidance from EPA Headquarters. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn how to manage common issues or concepts at remedial action sites, such as vapor intrusion, sediment removal, contaminated groundwater plumes and green remediation.
  • Learn project management skills, including management of a project, forecasting resources and costs, planning meetings, documenting site activities and tracking schedules and costs.
  • Learn effective ways to communicate various types of issues at sites to residents and communities.
  • Learn how to incorporate optimization into new and existing remedial actions.

RPM 201 is a 2-½-day training recommended for RPMs with at least six months of experience and may have assisted other RPMs with remedial actions or now are preparing to take the lead in conducting a remedial action. While RPM 201 may be most beneficial to new RPMs with 5 years of experience or less, the course is very interactive and more experienced RPMs that attend will be encouraged to share their field background with the class. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. Superfund 101 and the Remedial Process course are prerequisites for EPA attendees to participate in RPM 201.

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

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

Reader-Focused Writing (Basic): Writing Made Easy, Reading Made Easy
Basic level training
May 23, 2019 - May 23, 2019
Seattle, WA

What is the course overview?

The Plain Writing Act requires consumer outreach documents to be in plain language. This course helps participants use plain language and effective design techniques to create clear and usable documents for readers, and provides hands-on exercises such as developing a key message, organizing/mapping supporting points, developing effective transitions, and using a section x-ray to check for logic and effectiveness. Save time, frustration, and learn a replicable process for writing clear, concise communications that meet plain language standards. These pieces include reports, briefing papers, memos, web content, and other project- or program-related documents.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for anyone who develops EPA outreach materials and who wishes to save time and frustration writing materials that meet plain language standards and are easy to read and understand. There are no suggested prerequisites.

What are the course learning objectives?
The main goal of the course is to train EPA writers to use a replicable process for creating attention-getting, easy-to-read, plain language materials. Using a hands-on, interactive approach, trainers will ensure that participants can transfer the skills they learn in the course to their on-the-job writing tasks.
Participants who complete this course will gain skills on how to:

  • Plan a document to ensure a successful outcome;
  • Organize information to make the document user friendly;
  • Develop the appropriate format;
  • Select the most suitable words to clearly convey the message;
  • Construct powerful sentences; and
  • Use plain language techniques.

What are the logistics?
This one or two day course helps participants learn a structured writing process that includes planning, drafting, and self-reviewing documents, using plain language techniques. The course can be customized in length. Below are descriptions of the two-day and one-day versions.

Two-day course:
Day 1: Participants learn to develop and present a key message that gives a focus to the document. They then learn to map supporting information organized logically and clearly around the key message. Finally, they learn how to construct clear sentences, use effective transitions, and write with appropriate tone by using plain language techniques.

Day 2: Participants learn to self-review documents by using a section x-ray to check for logic and coherence. They also learn tips for checking mechanics and grammar before sending their documents for external review. Participants work in small groups to create a sample EPA document, using the process, tools, and tips learned.

One-day course:
The one-day course is provides a condensed version of the two-day course material. It covers similar content; and allows limited time for group exercises and sample creation..

Recommended course size is 10-20 participants.

Kleimann Communication Group (KCG) professionals teach this course. KCG is nationally acclaimed for its trainers, public speakers, consultants, and authors, specializing in written and spoken communication in the workplace.

Is there available background material?
There is no recommended background material.

More information and registration

 

Risk Communication Training: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Principles and Techniques for Communicating Effectively About Environmental Issues
Basic level training
May 23, 2019 - May 23, 2019
New York, NY

What is the course overview?
This course focuses on the practical tools and skills needed for communicating effectively before, during, and after high stress, high concern, high stakes, controversial, and emotionally charged situations involving environmental risk issues.

Who should take this course?
This course is recommended for those who perform any of the following tasks:

  • Deal with individuals, groups, or organizations concerned, upset, or angry about situations or events involving an environmental risk;
  • Deliver risk related messages to concerned, upset, or angry stakeholders;
  • Engage in dialog and information exchanges with concerned, upset, or angry stakeholders; and
  • Respond to difficult or challenging questions from concerned, upset, or angry stakeholder.

There are no suggested prerequisites.

What are the course learning objectives?
Participants who complete this course will gain skills on how to:

  • Provide stakeholders with timely, accurate, clear, consistent, credible and easily accessible information about an environmental issue;
  • Address rumors, inaccuracies and misperceptions;
  • Coordinate communication efforts across organizations;
  • Understand the key components that make up trust, risk perceptions, and stakeholder values;
  • Recognize common biases and errors in risk and crisis communication before, during and after events;
  • Recognize how high stress situations change the rules of communication;
  • Develop strategies to enhance trust and minimize conflict; and
  • Craft proactive strategies and messages responsive to stakeholder concerns.

What are the logistics?
This one-day course is highly interactive and includes analysis of case studies and practice sessions. It also includes discussion of risk communication challenges related to messages, messengers, and communication channels. Maximum course size is 40 participants.

Dr. Vincent T. Covello, founder and Director of the Center for Risk Communication in New York City, teaches this course. Dr. Covello is a nationally and internationally recognized trainer, researcher, consultant, and expert in crisis, conflict, change and risk communications. Over the past twenty-five years, he has held numerous positions in academia and government, including Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Clinical Medicine at Columbia University.

Is there available background material?
There is no recommended background material.

More information and registration

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
May 28, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Renton, WA

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-101-mar-19-20-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Superfund Success: Tools and Techniques for Community Involvement Train-the-Trainer Webinar
May 29, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Live On-line Class, Internet Based

This Webinar is Restricted to EPA Employees.

This train-the trainer webinar prepares the participants to effectively deliver EPA's Community Involvement Tools and Techniques course to staff in the region who conduct community involvement. This is an intermediate level training built around experiential learning with limited lecture.

One of the nine criteria in analyzing cleanup alternatives is community acceptance. But how do you have the community understand and accept site cleanup, be it before, during and after cleanup? Participants in this webinar will learn different tools and techniques to effectively involve the community. Through presentation of a case study as well as group exercises, participants will gain an understanding and appreciation of how early and meaningful community involvement can result in successful remedies.

This webinar will help you:

  • Identify resources and tools available to improve community involvement activities based on a case study.
  • Describe various community involvement techniques and approaches that can be used at Superfund sites.
  • Discover techniques that go above and beyond community involvement requirements under the NCP.

Participation is encouraged in groups with other CICs from your location when possible. Organizers will share information as details become available for each region on conference space to view as a group. You may also check with other CICs in your region to help coordinate the reservation of room for group attendance. You may also participate individually from your own location if desired.

You MUST register individually even if you plan to attend with a group from your region for training record purposes.

Please be registered for the May 1st delivery by April 24th or May 22nd for the May 29th delivery to ensure a spot in your desired session. 

Please visit https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/citrainthetrainer/ for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

 

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