“What time of year again?”, you ask yourself. The answer, of course, is HAZWOPER! June and November are the two months a year that we offer free online re-certification to staff and volunteers at our member organizations and affiliated agencies. Because we have been doing this for a couple of years already, many people are on “a schedule”, which has the huge advantage of making it easier to remember when it is time to re-certify. If you are due for an 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher, you have roughly two weeks (until October 31) to send me an email to let me know you would like to take this online training.
Just a reminder, to stay current with your HAZWOPER training (and to be able to respond in the event of a spill), you need to take an 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher once a year. If you don’t re-certify within 24 months of your last HAZWOPER, you will need to re-take the entire 24-hr HAZWOPER class (that’s 3 days, folks!), which is no fun for anyone, so please don’t forget to re-certify within a year, every year. Being HAZWOPER-trained is required for people that work in the field (Wildlife Recovery and Hazing), and is required for filling staff level positions, both in the field and at a facility.
I have already heard from 70 of you, but if you haven’t already, please email me if you would like to sign up for the November 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a new volunteer, I will send you a form that you will need to fill out prior to being accepted for taking our trainings. We also have to have records of your original 24-hr HAZWOPER or your latest 8-hr HAZWOPER Refresher (if you didn’t take them through OWCN), before allowing you to register for this training.