With more than 20 years of experience, the University of Minnesota provides hands-on training and continuing education for professionals in the field. Our Hospital Decontamination training program was featured on a news story on KIMT TV in Austin, Minnesota. About UsThe Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training has been funded since 1987 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop, present and evaluate model worker training programs to help employers comply with 29 CFR 1910.120. These programs are sponsored in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as part of the Hazardous Material Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreement U45ES006184, University of Minnesota Principal Investigator: Dr. This course is designed to meet the OSHA requirement for annual refresher training for individuals who have previously completed the 24- or 40-hour Safety and Health Training.

The course builds on the 24 hour training and integrates 16 hours of additional training including instructional activities, lectures, discussions, classroom demonstrations, and small group exercises. NOTE: All participants in the 40-Hour Waste Site Worker Training are required to have a physician complete a medical evaluation and clearance form prior to the course.
The 24-Hour course consists of three days of lectures, discussions, classroom demonstrations, small group exercises, and hands-on training. As a result of the training provided, we have established our own outreach program to the hazmat community in Minnesota.
We offer in-person hazmat and hazwoper training, custom trainings at our site or yours to meet the needs of groups and companies, and community workshops.

This Operations Level course is designed to provide training required by OSHA 1910.120 to respond to hazardous substance releases with the purpose of protecting persons, property, and the environment from the effects of the release and to contain the release. The Technician Level course is designed to provide training required by OSHA 1910.120 to respond to releases with the purpose of stopping the release.

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