Does your organization generate, store, transport, treat, or dispose of hazardous waste? If you answered yes to any of these possibilities, then you must comply with the regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What you don’t know can hurt you, which is why environmental training is so important. Staying in compliance with environmental regulations can save your organization time and money and help you avoid civil and criminal penalties. At Environmental Works, Inc. (EWI), we offer environmental training for organizations in a variety of industries, helping them train staff and employees on issues facing their business. If you still doubt the importance of environmental training, scroll down to explore the many ways that you can strengthen your organization through education and hands-on training.
Why Environmental Training Is So Important
Environmental training will increase the level of knowledge within your organization. Your employees will better understand environmental regulatory issues affecting the organization, which will help your company comply with rules and regulations. Federal regulations are likely not your only concern; most states have adopted compliance rules that are more strict than federal rules in stringency and comprehensiveness, so it is critical that you carefully review both state and federal requirements.
Investment in Your Business
Environmental training is recognized as an investment in your business. Improved environmental management can lead to cost savings if you are able to reduce your organization’s environmental liability. Taking part in an educational program and consulting with Environmental Works, Inc. can lead to the generation of ideas on how to improve your business’s current procedures. Most importantly, routine training will keep your business up to date and give you the best chance at maintaining environmental compliance and adopting best practices.
Fulfillment of Legal Requirements for Training
In some cases, environmental training is not a choice; it is a regulatory requirement. For example, nearly all environmental permits, plans, and approvals require annual training, including Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), generators of hazardous waste must also submit to regular training. If you aren’t sure whether your employees require training, contact an environmental consulting firm.
Compliance with the EPA
By properly educating and training your employees, you can ensure that your organization complies with the EPA’s regulations. Ignorance is not a defense if an inspector or other official finds that your organization is non-compliant with legislation.
A Response to Changes Within Your Organization
Even though some of your employees may have undergone training in the past, this does not relieve your company from the requirements of training for years to come. Changes that occur within your organization result in the mandatory need for scheduled training to address the alterations. For example, if you modify a facility, renew a permit, update a plan, or hire new staff members, a training program may be needed. It is important for employees to stay up to date any time regulations are updated, changed, removed or replaced.
Investment in Employees
Environmental training is not just an investment in your organization; it is also an investment in your employees. With training, you can increase your employees’ engagement and help them better understand what the organization is doing and why. Your employees are more likely to follow best practices if they understand the importance of compliance. Knowing that you feel investing in them is worthwhile, your employees may feel more valued, which can lead to better retention rates. Remember that it is important for your employees to refresh their skills and knowledge on a periodic basis, especially if your employees deal with or are exposed to hazardous materials.
EWI’s Environmental Training Programs
EWI is proud to offer comprehensive environmental training as well as health and safety training services. We offer a variety of programs to satisfy different organizations’ unique needs, and we design our classes to make the best use of your time. To enhance the training experience, we provide hands-on learning opportunities, and all of our programs are taught by knowledgeable and friendly EWI staff members.
Our courses are offered in a variety of methods to fit any client’s needs and can be created, customized, and presented to a specific companies’ training preferences by our team of regulatory experts. We promise to maximize the convenience and value of the program so that you can enjoy decreased regulatory misunderstandings and stress.
Courses can be attended on a quarterly basis as seated classes performed in house at our Missouri offices located in Springfield, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Space is extremely limited and attendance is strictly first-come, first-serve, so please sign up today.
Specially tailored courses that are designed specifically for a client’s individual needs can be presented on site at their facility. This can be helpful when training is needed for more than a few employees or when training is required for a unique, upcoming project.
In industry, time is becoming increasingly more valuable, so we are pleased to offer an online training option. Similar to the on-site training, these online virtual classrooms can be created and customized to meet a client’s particular needs. They can also be designed as supplemental material to in person training. Please note that annual HAZWOPER training is not offered as online only, but may be presented in a blended format with a mixture of online and face to face training.
Here is the list of our diverse training courses offered:
- 40-Hour HAZWOPER (5 days): This 40-hour course is required for people that will regularly be working directly with hazardous materials or be responsible for the cleanup, storage, and transportation of these materials. Under the RCRA, large- and small-quantity generators must provide this to the correct workers in their organization within 6 months of beginning their new roles. See 29 CFR 1910.120(e).
- 24-Hour HAZWOPER (3 days): This 24-hour course is for people that may occasionally come in contact with hazardous materials, such as area supervisors, land surveyors, groundwater samplers, or any other workers that will visit a site occasionally. Under the RCRA, large- and small-quantity generators must provide this to the correct workers in their organization within 6 months of beginning their new roles. See 29 CFR 1910.120(e).
- 8-Hour HAZWOPER (1 day): This course is a yearly refresher course for those with 40- or 24-hour training. Under the RCRA, large- and small-quantity generators must provide this to the correct workers in their organization every year! See 29 CFR 1910.120(e). If you need help determining your generator status or are unclear if this pertains to you, click here and we will help you answer your questions.
- Universal Waste Management Training (2 hours): This class is highly recommended for all LQG, SQG, and conditionally exempt small quantity generators (CESQG). It is not required; however, failure to understand and follow the regulations explained in this course can and often do lead to regulatory fines and actions. See 40 CFR 273.
- RCRA General Awareness Hazardous Waste Training (2 hours): This class is highly recommended for all LQGs, SQGs and CESQGs where personnel may need to know a general overview but are not required to have 40-hour or 24-hour HAZWOPER training. It is not required; however, failure to understand and follow the regulations explained in this course can and often do lead to regulatory fines and actions. See 40 CFR 262. If you need help determining your generator status or are unclear if this pertains to you, click here and we will help you answer your questions.
- Annual Stormwater Training (3 hours): This annual training is required for any organization that has either a general or site-specific stormwater permit, and proof of this training is to be kept in your records. See EPA 833-B-09-002.
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Training (3 hours): This annual training is required for any organization that is required to have a Spill Plan by the EPA, and proof of this training is to be kept in your records. See 40 CFR 112.