The 8th Annual California Unified Program Agency Training Conference

CUPAThe 8th annual California Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Training Conference was held at The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame from February 6th - 9th, 2006. The four-day event included over sixty classes, meetings, and panel discussions in addition to the opening ceremonies. More than fifty exhibitors and sponsors were involved in the conference including two days of vendor exhibition.

The conference began on Monday with training sessions in the six basic training tracks: HazMat, Hazardous Waste, Tanks, Risk Management, Administrative & Management and Enforcement. This first day of training included an 8 hour HAZWOPER refresher and the Underground Storage Tank (UST) compliance inspection training which both required pre-registration and were well attended.

On Tuesday morning the official opening ceremonies got underway with the presentation of the color guard and pledge of allegiance led by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. Following the pledge Don Johnson, Assistant Secretary of Cal/EPA, provided the opening comments. Mr. Johnson praised the past efforts of all those involved, and discussed the need for more training both locally and regionally beyond that provided at the annual conference.

Valerie Toney, President of the CUPA Forum, then provided an update on the Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), introduction of the CUPA Forum board members, and announced the year's awards. The awards for outstanding CUPA agency were, Orange County Environmental Health Department received Bronze, Sacramento County Environmental Management Department received Silver, and San Diego County Environmental Health received Gold.

Tuesday's first keynote speaker was Dr. Alan Lloyd, Secretary of Cal/EPA. Dr. Lloyd spoke on the governor's environmental action plan, which is to include increased funding for improved enforcement initiatives. Dr. Lloyd also informed the group that a Science Steering committee has been assembled to evaluate climate-based changes, such as greenhouse gases and report to the governor.

The second keynote speaker was Mr. Tom May, Author and motivational speaker. Mr. May was the first keynote speaker in the conference's eight years that was not an environmental professional. Mr. May spoke not of time management, but of event management and the two types of events in all our lives, those we can control and those we cannot control.

On the afternoon of Wednesday February 8th, Jerry Bucklin and Don Rothenbaum of NES, led a four hour presentation on Clandestine Drug Labs. For most of the attendees this presentation was an introduction to the history and methodology of methamphetamine manufacturing. Emphasis was placed on understanding the chemicals used for manufacturing and the various methods of production, focusing on the hazards posed by clandestine drug labs and the first responder's approach to identify and protect themselves from chemical hazards. The issue that is becoming increasingly important to the CUPA's is the environmental impact both during and after production, which includes determining appropriate clean up levels for the affected properties. Representatives from Sacramento County Environmental Management Department also contributed during the presentation by discussing suggested procedures to implement Assembly Bill 1078 (AB1078) "Methamphetamine Contaminated Property Cleanup Act of 2005"

NES also conducted a short presentation on Department of Transportation (DOT) shipping requirements that affect hazardous waste transportation. The course was intended to provide CUPA inspectors with information they need to properly inspect a facility that generates hazardous waste. Emphasis was placed on DOT training requirements and the preparation and use of the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest. This two-hour presentation was well attended by a number industry representatives concerned about being in compliance with the transportation regulations

Over the four days of training more than ninety speakers from Local, State and Federal agencies and industry participated in more than sixty training sessions or panel discussions. The vendor exhibit days not only provided contractors and consultants the chance to exhibit their services but also allowed many of the State and local agencies the opportunity to share informational exhibits. The California Air Resources Board, Department of Toxic Substance Control, Governors Office of Emergency Services, State Water Resources Control Board, and U.S. EPA Region IX all had booths during the vendor exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday.

For those who missed the conference but want to benefit from the information presented, many of the sessions were videotaped. The CUPA Forum board expects to make a number of the sessions available for download from their website including power point presentations and printed handouts. nformation about the conference and access to the presentation information can be found at www.calcupa.net.

Some OSHA Sign Requirements

OSHA is not specific as to sign design for danger, caution, and safety instruction signs except for purpose and colors. When complying with OSHA regulations, it is important to check under the specific sign requirement with which you are trying to comply.

OSHA also requires that signs be designed with rounded or blunt corners and must be free from sharp edges, burrs, splinters or other sharp projections. The ends or heads of fastening devices cannot be located as to create a hazard.

OSHA has specific requirements for marking physical hazards:

  1. Red shall be the basic color used to mark:
    1. Fire protection equipment and apparatus;
    2. Safety cans or other portable containers of flammable liquids, excluding shipping containers. These shall be painted red with some additional clearly visible identification either in the form of a yellow band around the can or the name of the contents conspicuously stenciled or painted on the can (should also be labeled in accordance with 29 CFR Title 8 Section 5194).
    3. Stop, emergency stop bars, hazardous machines, stop buttons and other electrical switches used for emergency stopping.
  2. Yellow shall be the basic color for designating caution and for marking physical hazards, such as striking against, stumbling, falling, and getting caught in-between.

The size of the sign, height and width of the letters, and viewing distances are all defined by ANSI Z535.2-2002. Minimum letter height for other words on the sign shall be one unit of height for every 300 units of safe viewing distance (1" height for every 12.5 feet safe viewing distance) OSHA does not have specifications like these for signs, and refers to the ANSI standard regarding these technicalities.

Cal OSHA has specific requirements for the following:

Frequently Asked Training Questions

Question: It has been over a year since I have had an Annual 8-hour HAZWOP Refresher, is my certificate still valid?

Answer: Cal OSHA requires individuals who have completed an initial 24- or 40-hour HAZWOP course to comply with Title 8 CCR 5192(e)(3)(A,B,C) and to complete a 8-hour Refresher course within one year from the date of the original certificate or within one-year from the date of the refresher certificate. However Cal OSHA does grant a one-year grace period for individuals who fail to receive an 8-hour Refresher course within a year from the date on the original certificate or the date on the refresher certificate, but during this one year grace period individuals are not permitted to work at a hazardous waste site. If a individual fails to complete a 8-hour Refresher course within two years of the date on the original certificate or the date on the refresher certificate they will be required to repeat the initial 24-or 40-hour HAZWOP training program.

Question: If I have received OSHA 40-hour HAZWOP training am I certified as an emergency responder under OSHA?

Answer: The OSHA 40-hour HAZWOP training is specifically for general site workers who work at hazardous waste sites, and does not qualify personnel as emergency responders. It's the "HAZWOP" in HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations and emergency response). OSHA has a different set of training requirements for emergency responders outlined in Title 8 CCR 5192(q) as opposed to the training requirements for general site workers found in Title 8 CCR 5192(e). (i.e. the "ER" in HAZWOPER) Training that is required is based on the role that personnel will take in response to a release and consist of five different levels of training: 1) First Responder Awareness (responsible for notification of the release to the proper authorities), 2) First Responder Operations (take defensive measures to protect people, property, and the environment), 3) Hazardous Materials Technician (will contain and stop the release), 4) Hazardous Materials Specialist (support HazMat Techs and have specific knowledge of material they are handling), 5) Incident Commanders (assume control of the incident scene).

Question: If I have been issued a respirator by my employer, but am only required to wear it occasionally do I still need an annual fit test?

Answer: Yes. Per Title 8 CCR 5144(f)(2) employers must ensure that employees using respirators are fit tested prior to initial use of the respirator, whenever a different respirator is used by the employee, and at least yearly thereafter.

Question: Are all employees who work at a hazardous waste site required to receive HAZWOP training?

Answer: No. Employees who work at a hazardous waste site but 1) work exclusively within uncontaminated areas of the hazardous waste site, 2) do not enter areas where hazardous waste may exist, stored or processed, or 3) not exposed or potentially exposed to health or safety hazards related to hazardous waste operations are not required to be trained under the HAZWOP training standards found in Title 8 CCR 5192(e)(3)(A,B,C).

Upcoming Training Schedule

NES would like to announce its upcoming training course schedule for March, April, & May.

March

Course

HAZWOP (40-hr.)

 

HAZWOP (24-hr.)

 

HAZWOP Supp. (16-hr.)

 

HAZWOP Annual Refresher (8-hr.)

 

Supervisors of HazWaste Workers (8-hr.)

Emergency Response FRO (8-hr.)

Emergency Response (24-hr.)

Incident Command (8-hr.)

Designated UST Operator (8-hr.)

 

April

HAZWOP (40-hr.)

 

HAZWOP (24-hr.)

 

HAZWOP Supp. (16-hr.)

 

HAZWOP Annual Refresher (8-hr.)

 

HazWaste Technician (8-hr.)

Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest (8-hr.)

US DOT HazMat Employee (8-hr.)

US DOT HazMat Refresher/Update (8-hr.)

 

May

HAZWOP (40-hr.)

 

HAZWOP (24-hr.)

 

HAZWOP Supp. (16-hr.

 

HAZWOP Annual Refresher (8-hr.)

 

Emergency Response FRO (8-hr.)

Emergency Response (24-hr.)

Emergency Response Refresher (8-hr.)

Incident Command (8-hr.)

Basic HazWaste (Business Plan) (8-hr.)

Fundamentals of HazWaste Mgmt. (24-hr.)

Hazardous Waste Generator Refresher (8-hr.)

 

Date

March 6-10

March 27-31

March 6-8

March 27-29

March 9-10

March 30-31

March 15,29

March 8,22

March 23

March 20

March 20-22

March 23

March 17

 

 

April 3-7

April 24-28

April 3-5

April 24-26

April 6-7

April 27-28

April 12,26

April 19

April 13

April 12

April 5

April 5

 

 

May 1-5

May 22-26

May 1-3

May 22-24

May 4-5

May 25-26

May 9,24

May 10

May 15

May 15-17

May 11

May 18

May 17

May 10-11

May 12

 

Location

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA

 

 

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek, CA

Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA

Folsom, CA

 

Price

$699

$699

$499

$499

$329

$329

$199

$199

$199

$199

$499

$199

$249

 

 

$699

$699

$499

$499

$329

$329

$199

$199

$199

$199

$239

$199

 

 

$699

$699

$499

$499

$329

$329

$199

$199

$199

$499

$199

$199

$169

$499

$199