HAZWOPER training is one of the most important elements in the safety training catalog because the skills and knowledge to identify and respond to hazardous chemicals could ultimately have someone’s life weighing in the balance. Surprisingly, many people are unaware what the term HAZWOPER even means, but it stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This name encompasses many vital responsibilities that could prove to be critical in emergency situations.
It is important that fire fighters and emergency response personnel have gone through at least the awareness level of HAZWOPER training because you never know when a hazardous emergency could arise. It is not only critical that emergency response and fire fighters know how to identify potential hazards but have the ability to create solutions to these emergency situations.
It is especially important, and required by law, that individuals working with or near hazardous chemicals on a regular basis be given the training to handle such possible emergency situations without a hitch. When you’re talking about life or death situations it is imperative that personnel have the training they need to complete their job responsibilities without sacrificing their safety, health or their life.
Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspectors (also known as a CESSWI) have proven evidence of qualifications in inspecting erosion, sediment and stormwater BMP( best management practices). These inspections are done under the NPDES Phase II jurisdiction. CESSWI certification is available to those who have both field experience as well as educational training.
The application process requires vigorous professional development requirements including previous experiences in inspection, references and relevance to your current profession. After you have completed all the parameters required by EnviroCert (the company that handles the certification), you are eligible to apply to take the exam.
Becoming a CESSWI is highly beneficial to the registrant, demonstrating the proficiency in performing inspections in the erosion, sediment and stormwater field. This satisfies the requirements in most local and state governments. It is a great resume builder, assures professionalism, as well as promotes ethical and environmental stewardship.
It is crucial that prior to scheduling an exam, the application process is complete and paid in full to EnviroCert 45 days prior to the exam date. Please note that EnviroCert has a $200 dollar application fee aside from the exam costs from the administering company such as Global Environmental Network. Students are allowed up to 2 re-tests at a fee of $75 per re-test in the case of failure of the exam.
Global Environmental Network provides the service of proctoring the exam for valid applicants of the CESSWI. We also provide a test review the day before the exam to guarantee better results for applicants. For more information, visit www.safetygeni.com or for application inquiries, visit www.CESSWI.org.
Data cited from: www.CESSWI.org, www.stormh2o.com
It’s been many years since the discovery of lead hazards in homes and buildings due to the use of lead-based paints in the past, but being trained on working in these environments and monitoring exposure is just as important as it was back then.
Many older homes and buildings are still being remodeled on a regular bases and over exposure to lead can lead to serious health risks that could severely shorten the life of a worker if precautions are not taken and exposure is not monitored.
OSHA has standards and regulations in place to protect the health and safety of workers dealing with these potentially hazardous environments. It is critically important that employees are trained on these regulations and given the tools and knowledge necessary to fulfill job responsibilities without putting their health and lives at risk.
If you are involved in the painting, renovation and repair it’s important to be trained and the people you work with are trained to deal with lead safely.