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Welcome to the Office of Professional Developments, Hazardous Materials and Industrial Safety training webpage. Below you will find a listing of career advancement training courses offered through partnership with OSU's School of Fire Protection & Safety Technology.


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  • 8 Hour Hazwoper Refresher
    Length CEU
    8 Hours 0.8
    Professional Development Seminar to maintain your HAZWOPER certification.

    This course is designed to re-certify employees who have previously completed HAZWOPER training. The primary emphasis of the course is on the applicability of the HAZWOPER standard and regulatory interpretations. Current events and OSHA citations will be discussed along with a review of proper PPE selection and use. Both hazardous waste site activities and emergency response issues are addressed. Additionally, case studies and local events are reviewed with respect to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

    Some topics of coverage include:

    • Review of proper respiratory protection devices and common aspects of a respiratory protection program.
    • Review of technical decontamination of personnel and equipment.
    • Recognizing hazards and the common engineering controls used to minimize liability.
    • Review of spill containment and common emergency response procedures.
  • 40 Hour Hazwoper
    Length CEU
    40 Hours 4.0

    The 40-Hour HAZWOPER course follows the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 for General Site Workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which exposes or potentially exposes workers to hazardous substances and health hazards. During the hands-on portion of the course, instructor(s) will discuss and demonstrate personal protective equipment usage, decontamination procedures and common tasks associated with hazardous waste site or emergency response work. Each trainee will experience work activities while wearing full “Level A and Level B” ensembles as well as donning and doffing an SCBA respirator. Trainees will show proficiency in common tasks during simulated incidents such as manipulating valves to stop liquid or gas flow, plugging and patching punctured containers or rescuing a co-worker. When entering a simulated hot-zone trainees will be trained to utilize atmospheric testing instruments, establish safe working areas and proper set-up of a hazard reduction corridor. Each trainee must implement fundamental tactics learned in the classroom segment of the course to support the skill development needed to safely work at a hazardous waste site.


    This training course complies with all mandatory training requirements found in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (e) and the suggested non-mandatory guidelines of 1910.120 Appendix E.

    Some topics of coverage include:

    • Regulatory Compliance Requirements
    • Common Haz Waste Site Hazards
    • Reference Sources (ERG, NIOSH Pocket Guide)
    • Organization of Haz Mat Response Activities
    • Training Requirements (Awareness, Ops. Levels)
    • Medical Monitoring Programs
    • Technical Decontamination Practices
    • Air Monitoring Programs
    • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Decontamination Best Practices
    • Handling Drums and Other Containers
    • Site Emergencies
    • The 9 DOT Hazard Classes
    • Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health Atmospheres
    • Respiratory Protection Devices
    • Hot zone, Warm zone, and Cold zone
    • Implementing Respiratory Programs
  • Hazwoper Technician
    Length CEU
    24 Hours 2.4

    This compliance-driven course is for employees who respond to releases of hazardous substances to plug, patch or otherwise control. Fundamental topics covered are; HazMat Classification, Use of Common Field Instrumentation, Proper Selection and Use of PPE, Fundamentals of Respiratory Protection, Risk Assessment/Hazard Analysis, Review of Containment and Confinement Techniques, Introduction to the Incident Command System, Common Decon. Practices, Basic Toxicology and use of the Emergency Response Guidebook. Training includes 8 hours of hands-on training in level A & B, PPE ensembles. This course can be customized around your company's emergency action plan and implementation procedures.

  • Confined Space
    Length CEU
    8 Hours 0.8

    This 8 hour course is designed for the training and certification of workers who may be asked to enter a Permit Required Confined Space(s). Training consists of 2 hours reviewing and interpreting the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.126 standard, followed by 6 hours of hands-on practice in simulated confined space scenarios. At the conclusion of this course participants will be certified and competent in the area(s) of; Use of respiratory protection devices, lock out/tag out controls, atmospheric monitoring, medical monitoring and use of fall protection systems.

  • Excavation & Trench Safety
    Length CEU
    8 Hours 0.8


    The primary hazards of trenching and excavation are employee injury or death from soil collapse. Soil analysis is important in order to determine appropriate sloping, benching, or shoring. Additional hazards include working with heavy machinery; manual handling of materials; working in proximity to traffic; overhead electrical hazards and underground utilities and heat stress. No matter how many trenching, shoring, and backfilling jobs done in the past, it is important to approach each new job with the utmost care and preparation. Many on-the-job accidents result directly from inadequate initial planning. Waiting until after the work has started to correct mistakes in shoring or sloping slows down the operation, adds to the cost, and increases the possibility of a cave-in or other excavation failure.

    The standards (OSHA 1926.650, .651, and .652) require the presence of a COMPETENT PERSON for excavation and trenching activities. A COMPETENT PERSON is defined as an individual who is capable of identifying existing and predictable working conditions that are hazardous, unsanitary, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate or control these hazards and conditions. A COMPETENT PERSON must inspect an excavation and the areas around it daily for possible cave-ins, failures of protective systems and equipment, hazardous atmospheres, or other hazardous conditions. Inspections are also required after natural events such as heavy rains. A competent person must test any excavation deeper than 4 feet, or where an oxygen deficiency or a hazardous atmosphere is present or could reasonably be expected.

    Professional Development provides a two day course to provide awareness level training to employees and assist employers in assigning competent person responsibilities to select employees. The course consists of classroom presentations of topics such as planning the excavation, determination of soil types, testing equipment, shoring, shielding, sloping and benching. Emergency scene management, rescue concerns, and working with local emergency services are addressed as well.

    During the hands-on portion, a trench is properly approached and various protective systems are installed including mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic. All participants experience working with the equipment and assist with the rescue of a mannequin.

    Participants must provide their own protective helmet, safety glasses, and steel toed shoes. Companies providing the training to employees should anticipate their policies and procedures being presented to insure integration and compliance with OSHA standards.

    This course is presented throughout the United States during the months of May, June, and July.

  • Hands-On HAZWOPER Refresher
    Length CEU
    8 Hours 0.8

    Realistic scenarios in the field followed by a Post-Incident Critique give participants a complete understanding of the Incident Command System in relation to hazardous spill emergencies. Participants will be actively involved in demonstrating the proper use of PPE, decontamination, and other hands-on skills required to fulfill the duties of a member of a HazMat Team. Upon completion of this course you will receive your HAZWOPER Annual refresher card. This refresher is limited to 15 participants due to the hands-on nature of the course.

  • Industrial Incident Command System Training: Implementing Your Emergency Action Plan
    Length CEU
    4 Hours 0.4

    This course focuses on exercising your Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with regards to internal and external hazard identification and risk assessment for incidents that could affect your organization’s operations.

    Course objectives are:

    • Familiarize participants with your EAP.
    • Utilization of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) initiatives, including the Incident Command System (ICS)
    • Development of appropriate Incident Action Plans for your facility.

    Table-top scenarios are used to blend roles of emergency responders with command structures to enhance functional skills development. OSU instructors have years of successful field emergency response and management experience as well as expertise in teaching individuals who are unfamiliar with handling emergencies following standard ICS and NIMS formats. Every course is customized to meet the specific needs of your organization through significant interaction and course development with the instructors prior to the delivery. Let OSU assist you in exercising your EAP along with demonstrating to your employees proper management of an incident while following the required federal regulations and/or best practices.

  • NIMS: Implementing Your Emergency Action Plan
    Length CEU
    4 Hours 0.4

    This course centers on implementing your EAP for incidents that could occur within your operations. The course objective is to familiarize participants with the EAP to the point it becomes second nature during emergencies. Utilization of an Incident Command System, development of an Incident Action Plan, and compliance with NIMS are all central to successful completion of the course.

    Every course is customized to the specific needs of your facility through significant interaction with our instructors prior to course delivery. Table-top scenarios blend roles of emergency responders with command structures to yield functional skills development. Our instructors have years of successful field experience with emergencies. Instructors have years of successful instruction experience with individuals who are unfamiliar with handling emergencies in a way that prioritizes incident objectives, maximizes resources, and works with any size of incident. A unified command structure is a reality that is critical to be prepared to work within.

    Let OSU assist you in implementing your facility's EAP for emergencies events.

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