We are in the final two-week stretch for those of you that need to take the 8-hr HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Refresher training. The OWCN offers an online and free training to OWCN member organizations and affiliated agencies twice per year (June and November).
The CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife – Office of Spill Prevention and Response (DFW/OSPR) and the OWCN work together to provide the 24-hr HAZWOPER training, which is required for personnel working in the field within the exclusion zone at a spill site. This training is provided several times per year in various regions of the state. However, it is important to know that the 24-hr HAZWOPER training does not end after three days. In order to stay current and to be able to respond to a spill event in the field, you must take an annual 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher, which is what the OWCN offers online twice per year.
Currently, if you work in a facility you are not required to be HAZWOPER-trained, although it is encouraged to take this training for people that will be filling staff roles in the facility during oil spills.
If you have already taken the 24-hr HAZWOPER training and need the 8-hr training to stay current, please e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will forward on the registration information. You have about two more weeks to take this online training, so don’t delay, e-mail me today!
Thank you for your dedication to spill response!