Introduction to Hazardous Materials Management
The Institute's Introduction to Hazardous Materials Management is a comprehensive 4-day overview course for people who manage corrosives, fire hazards, toxics, and other hazardous materials. The course has been carefully crafted so that, although for maximum benefit you should take all four days, each day's topic is a stand-alone course.
DAY 1: General Regulatory Overview / Emergency Response Planning / Accidental Release Reporting. This first day course introduces the basic concepts of legal liability and then outlines the major statutes governing environmental health and safety programs and the role of various federal, state, and local agencies in enforcing these statutes and regulations. It then reviews the requirements for emergency response planning and accidental release reporting and provides guidance and hands-on assistance in plan writing.
DAY 2: Reducing Chemical Risk: Exposure Control and Right-to-Know . This one-day course introduces the concept of chemical hazards, especially with respect to employee exposures on the job. Using a variety of hands-on exercises the trainee will learn how to interpret the physical, chemical, safety, and health information in a material safety data sheet (MSDS) and in standard references such as the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The course closes with a discussion of the requirements for worker and community right-to-know programs.
DAY 3: Managing Solid and Hazardous Wastes. This one-day course describes the U.S. solid and hazardous waste management system. After describing the process by which one characterizes the waste outputs from a facility, the course moves on to the requirements for generators to properly manage hazardous wastes and universal wastes from cradle to grave.
DAY 4: Shipping DOT Hazardous Materials. The final one-day session describes the nine steps in properly managing the shipment of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes. The course first defines the standard DOT hazard classes and them moves on to hands-on experience in working from the properties of materials through the 49 CFR 172.101 table to the actual packaging, marking, labeling, placarding, shipping paper, and recordkeeping requirements facing shippers of hazardous materials.