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Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888,
News release prepared by: Jared Betts, 785-532-2529,

Friday, June 12, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training will be offered at Kansas State University in July. The courses include a Web-based and on-site 40-hour training course and an eight-hour refresher course.

Both courses will meet in 11 Edwards Hall on K-State's Manhattan campus.

The 40-hour training course begins with a Web-based component that must be completed before starting the on-site component. The Web-based portion will be done via Kirkwood Community College, and instructions will be sent to participants upon registration.

After completing the online course, participants attend the on-site component from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21-22. This hands-on training provides certification for the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's 29 CFR 1910.120. The training includes an overview of federal regulations, toxicology, hazard communication, site management, air monitoring, site characterization, operating procedures, safety, spill cleanup and more. Participants also will write and review health and safety plans, emergency response plans and incident command procedures.

The 40-hour training course costs $475, with the option of earning three undergraduate credit hours for an additional fee.

The eight-hour refresher course will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20. The course is for people who have previously completed the 40-hour or 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training, including faculty and students working with hazardous substances in the laboratory and on field sites, as well as first responders or industry hazardous material handlers. The course will re-qualify participants to enter hazardous waste sites in the field and to work appropriately with hazardous materials in the laboratory. The cost is $125.

Registration fees for both courses include all course materials, handouts and a certificate verifying completion of the course. The curriculum for the courses includes lectures, classroom exercises and actual field experience. Participants will be expected to suit up in protective equipment, including a self-contained breathing apparatus and full containment suits.

Online registration and additional information are available at and registration information is available by contacting the K-State Division of Continuing Education registration office at 785-532-5569 or More information about both courses also is available from Steve Galitzer at 785-532-5856.