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ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

Course Description
This four (4) hour course will provide you with an introduction into the ISO 14001:2004 and Environmental Management Systems (EMS). This course is designed for individuals seeking a basic understanding of the ISO 14001:2004 EMS standard, and provides each student with a detailed overview of its’ principles and requirements  This course discusses the clauses of ISO 14001 in detail and illustrates how ISO 14001can help organizations effectively maintain an environmental management system and improve environmental performance. The course also discuss ISO protocols related to clean air, clean water, hazardous waste, solid waste, storage tank, toxic substance, and petroleum oil and lubricants.

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the Basic Concepts of ISO 14001.
  • Understand the Plan-Do-Check-Act Process of ISO 14001.
  • Comprehend the Terminology of Environmental Management Systems.
  • Understand the Relationship between Key Clauses of ISO 14001.
  • Understand and comply with the EMS/ISO 14001 protocols.
  • Understand the key elements of EMS/ISO 14001.
  • Understanding Environmental Aspects and Impacts.

An Introduction into the Hazardous Material Transportation Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with an introduction to the principles, regulations, policies and opinions applicable to the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (HMTA) of 1975. The course discusses in detail the HMTA including the history, purpose and structure of the various regulations put in place by the Act. The overall goal of this course is to provide each student with a general knowledge of what kinds of materials / operations are generally regulated as “hazardous waste”, as well to provide an understanding of the overall purpose and objectives of HMTA regulations; including how they relate to compliance with current federal, state and local environmental regulations. The course also provides an overview of the requirements to safely transport hazardous materials, as well as the regulatory requirements of the Department of Transportation.

How You Will Benefit

  • Define “hazardous material” and “hazardous waste”.
  • Understand the HMTA Regulations in the Wake of 9-11.
  • Identify federal, state, and local regulations pertinent to hazardous waste management.
  • Explain major topics covered by HMTA.
  • Discuss regulatory impacts on hazardous waste management.
  • Recognize that proper hazardous waste management is required by federal and state regulations.
  • Determine if waste is hazardous and, if so, in what respect.
  • How to maintain proper hazardous waste container and storage requirements.
  • Understand the basic requirements for transportation of hazardous wastes including the requirements of DOT and the EPA

Underground Storage Tank Management

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with a detailed analysis of the US laws & regulations applicable to Underground Storage Tanks (UST), specifically those regarding USTs with the potential to leak hazardous substances into the environment. This course is designed to familiarize each student with the wide array of regulated USTs, and the technical and financial requirements that apply to them. The course also focuses on petroleum equipment, rules and responsibility of facility, and best management practice in case of leak or release.

How You Will Benefit

  • Understanding and defining UST systems.
  • Identify which USTs are subject to regulation.
  • Determine performance and operating requirements.
  • Discuss such topics as historical deadlines for upgrading tanks and the closure and corrective action requirements.
  • Summarize the financial responsibility requirements for petroleum USTs.
  • Perform Best Management practice.
  • Understand the guidelines for Inspecting and Detecting a leak or release

An Introduction into the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with a detailed overview of the U.S. laws, regulations and compliance requirements associated with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This course is beneficial to those professionals in the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and other consumer products industries, tasked with ensuring full compliance with FIFRA. We will provide you with a review of the federal laws and regulations, as well as a discussion on how these relevant laws and regulations interact with current integrated pesticide management programs, registration requirements, compliance and enforcement. This course also looks at the labeling aspects of the major regulatory requirements, placing a major emphasis on industry standards and best practices.

How You Will Benefit

  • Explain the legal framework and scope of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
  • Understand relevant statutes affecting the use of biocides & preservatives in general consumer products.
  • Comprehend how relevant statutes affect and interact with the federal pesticide programs.
  • Analyze the requirements in terms of efficacy, environmental assessment, ecotoxicology and toxicology.
  • Identify tools to formulate regulatory compliance strategies.

An Introduction into the Toxic Substance Control Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with an in depth analysis of the key provisions comprising the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), including requirements for Pre-Manufacture Notification (PMN), testing, and regulation of chemicals; as well as record keeping and reporting requirements. TSCA is a broad-ranging federal environmental statute affecting not only chemical manufacturers but also companies that use, process, distribute, import, and export chemical products across a wide range of industry and operational environments.

Topics of discussion in this course are:

  • Sorting Through TSCA Exclusions and Exemptions
  • Understanding the PMN Review Process
  • Options to Respond to Proposed Regulations for New and Existing Chemicals
  • Import Certification and Export Notification
  • Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) and 8(e) Reporting
  • TSCA regulations for Lead, PCBs, and Asbestos

How You Will Benefit

  • Define terminology applicable to the TSCA.
  • Identify major laws/regulations regulating the marketing of chemical products and the control of chemicals in the environment.
  • Identify agencies/authorities responsible for the enforcement of these laws/regulations.
  • Describe the goals and objectives of the specific laws/regulations presented.
  • Identify the role that costs, health risks, societal concerns, economical impact and other modifying factors play in the process of regulating chemicals.
  • Describe how toxicological data is utilized/required in the chemical regulatory process.
  • Identify and access sources (including the internet) providing information on the toxicity and regulation of chemicals.

An Introduction into the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with theories, principles, and approaches to emergency management, and is designed to assist facility owners and/or operators in complying with the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, and 42 U.S.C. s. 11001, et seq. (SARA). An analysis of past disasters is presented along with their impacts on policy formation leading up to the current FEMA all-hazards approach. The role, duties, and importance of the Emergency Manager, as well as the legal issues involving emergency management are thoroughly discussed throughout the course.
The information and sources in this course will help each student determine the regulatory status for:

  1. Emergency Planning Notification and Emergency Response Plans (EPCRA 302/303);
  2. Emergency Release Notification (EPCRA 304);
  3. MSDS and Chemical Inventory Reporting (EPCRA 311/312); and
  4. Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (EPCRA 313)

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand comprehensive emergency management philosophy, roles and duties of emergency managers throughout the United States
  • Understand the history of EPCRA and its’ current roles in all-hazard management
  • Understand notification requirements for emergency releases of hazardous chemicals into the atmosphere, surface water or groundwater.

Safe Drinking Water Act

Course Description
This two (2) hour course provides each student with an overview of the major components making up the Safe water Drinking Act (SDWA) as it exists today. This course covers the history of drinking water regulation in the United States prior to SDWA’s enactment, as well as an overview of SDWA’s evolution up to and including the 1996 Amendments. The course begins with the basics of regulatory compliance, including EPA definitions, and moves into the process used to set drinking water standards while discussing in detail the Underground Injection Control Programs and classes of wells.
This course will provide you with an in-depth review of the Public Notification Rule, Consumer Confidence Reports, Total Coli form Rule, Surface Water Treatment Standards, The Disinfection By Product Rules, Lead and Copper Rule, Inorganic Contamination; and Radionuclide’s Contamination. In addition we will provide you with the basic requirements of the Groundwater Rule (including health effects of each contaminate group).
How You Will Benefit

  • Understand federal, state, and local laws relating to Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Identify and understand current drinking water standards.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of microbiological, organic, inorganic, and toxic contaminants.
  • Underground the Injection Control Wells program, including specifications, classes and uses as described by law.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of National Secondary Drinking Water Standards, Maximum Contaminant Level, and Maximum Contaminant Level Goals

An Introduction into the Clean Water Act

Course Description
This three (3) hour course provides each student with an overview of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and examines, in depth, the key provisions of the CWA, including Safe Drinking Water Act, technology-based requirements, effluent limitations, water quality standards, permitting, enforcement, control of polluted runoff, and resolution of interstate disputes. The course also evaluates the success of the CWA in protecting and improving the quality of water, while discussing other statutory and common law mechanisms for water pollution control.

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand the key components of the Federal Clean Water Act.
  • Understand the implementation requirements of clean water laws.
  • It provides general information regarding the Storm water permit program, permit and activities.
  • Understand the scope and regulatory framework of the National Pollution discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.
  • Understand key clean water laws and cases, as well as the way in which environmental laws develop, are implemented (or not implemented), enter the legal arena, and ultimately affect citizens, industries, state and local governments.

Title V Air Permitting

Course Description
This two (2) hour course is designed to introduce students to the terms and concepts associated with Title V requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990. It will provide you with an overview of the methods and procedures used to prepare air quality permits. It also provided hands on knowledge to the personnel of State and Local permitting agencies who are relatively new to permit programs. The course should prove useful for permit writers and for inspectors who must read and interpret permit conditions and perform inspections of permitted sources

The course takes a comprehensive look at the following:

  1. Clean Air Act (including Title V permits)
  2. State Implementation Plans (SIP’s),
  3. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS),
  4. Pre-construction permits,
  5. New Source Review,
  6. Risk management planning,
  7. Requirements of Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT),
  8. Best Available Control Technology (BACT),
  9. Reasonable Available Control Technology (RACT),
  10. Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) and other topics.

The information presented in this course will be beneficial for anyone required to comply with the requirements of Title V of the CAA, including technical, non-technical, management and other personnel needing to understand the fundamentals of the Title V permit process.

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify the purpose and requirements of operating permits as defined in Title V.
  • Define key terms associated with Title V compliance requirements including Potential to Emit, Actual Emissions, and Allowable Emissions.
  • Identify the process for determining air-permitting compliance.
  • Identify the types of air permits from degree of least stringency to highest, including permit exemption, construction permits, minor source permits, synthetic minor permit, and major source permit.
  • Understand operating permit process steps, terms and concepts and whether an operating permit is required.
  • Preparing and submiting the permit application.
  • Understand the process for finalizing and issuing a permit, receiving and logging applications, and the process for application review.
  • Understanding the maximum achievable control technology (MACT), best available control technology (BACT), reasonably achievable control technology (RACT) and lowest achievable emission rate (LAER).