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Undergraduate Certificate in Hazardous Waste Management




Program Description

This program provides a solid foundation in the principles, regulations and technologies required to manage hazardous materials and hazardous waste. Courses are designed for public and private sector first responders and professionals that have hazardous waste spill response, emergency or contingency preparedness planning, or regulatory compliance responsibilities. Students will learn the methodologies and tools used in conducting risk assessments, responding to hazardous materials spills, planning for emergency operations, and conducting remediation of hazardous waste sites. The program will also provide students with an understanding of the regulatory requirements for storing, transporting, and reducing the generation of hazardous waste.

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Program Objectives

  • Identify the purpose of a hazardous waste management program.
  • Define the categories of waste including hazardous, universal, potentially hazardous, and non-hazardous.
  • Explain the purpose for regulating hazardous waste and the regulatory standards that apply to hazardous waste management.
  • Identify the container, labeling, and storage requirements for hazardous waste.
  • Describe transportation and disposal requirements for hazardous waste.
  • Explain the requirements for emergency preparedness and contingency planning.
  • Explain the requirements for training personnel, reporting, and recordkeeping.
  • Describe methods of reducing the generation of hazardous wastes.
  • Describe proper management and disposal procedures for typical hazardous, universal, and potentially hazardous wastes.
Certificate Requirements
18 Hours
Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials
3 hours

This course covers managerial issues in hazardous materials. The impact hazardous materials have on humans, wildlife, and the environment will be covered. The major laws that are applicable to hazardous materials at the Federal, State, and local levels will be discussed. The student will learn about writing an effective contingency plan and the importance of coordination and collaboration across multiple agencies when dealing with a hazardous material response. This course examines all facets of hazardous materials including regulatory issues, hazard analysis, multi-agency contingency planning, response personnel, multi-agency response resources, agency policies, procedures and implementation, public education and emergency information systems, health and safety, command post dynamics, strategic and tactical considerations, recovery and termination procedures, and program evaluation.

Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management
3 hours

This course is an introduction to hazardous waste management. Its course topics include history of hazardous waste management in the United States; an overview of the hazardous waste industry in the United States; the major political, legal, managerial, and handling issues associated with hazardous waste; and the dangers and repercussions on individuals and society for poorly handled hazardous waste.

Hazardous Waste and Public Law
3 hours

This course addresses the public laws and regulations associated with hazardous waste management. Course topics include major environmental laws that focus on hazardous waste, environmental auditing, and, industrial wastewater regulations, among others.

Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
3 hours

This course is a study of waste accumulation, storage and disposal options, pollution prevention, remediation and cleanup, underground storage tank management, and chemical life-cycle tracking. Some basic chemistry is covered as well as physical chemical treatment for neutralization, oxidation-reduction, metals removal, and hazardous materials destruction. Filtration, ion exchange, and reverse osmosis are discussed. Chemical feed systems, sludge handling, and dewatering are also presented.

Emergency Spill Response
3 hours

This course is a study of the planning, preparation, response, and recovery from a hazardous materials spill in industrial or transportation settings. Course topics will include processes associated with materials identification, on-site responsibilities, reporting requirements, and safe return to normalcy.

Hazardous Materials Transportation
3 hours

This course is a study of the packaging, transportation, and delivery of hazardous materials. Course topics include container, vehicular, storage, mode, onload/offload, and other considerations associated with hazardous materials transportation.

Total Credits (18 Hours)
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