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About the Course

Meet the Instructors

Upcoming Course Dates & Registration Info

About the Course

Annual Refresher for Hazardous Waste Sites is an 8-hour course designed for private and public sector employees who work at sites covered by OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Final Rule (29 CFR 1910.120).This course requires that individuals have completed a 40-hour initial course as listed in 29 CFR 1910.120(2)(3). Group exercises, lectures, and a case study will provide students with real-life approaches to hazardous waste site operations.This course is targeted towards industrial hygienists, environmental health professionals, and those responsible for worker safety and health at  hazardous waste sites who have taken the basic 40-hour course.

* Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course has been converted to an online video conference format. Eight hours of classroom time are divided into two half days of instruction. Schedule below *

July 14, 2020 8:45am - 1:30pm PDT AND

July 15, 2020 9:00am - 1:30pm PDT

At the completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and characterize physical, chemical, biological, and radiological hazards.
  • Select and use proper personal protective equipment.
  • Implement basic decontamination procedures.Develop site specific safety and health plans.
  • Identify the components of medical monitoring program.

American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance can be obtained for this activity. See the ABIH website for CM credit criteria.

Meet the Instructors

Meet Rick Gleason

Rick Gleason has served as the lead instructor for the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center since it's founding in 1995. Rick is also a lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. A beloved "safety celebrity", Rick is known throughout the Northwest for his excellence in teaching safety and health topics. Recently, Rick received the 2017 University of Washington Award of Excellence for Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning.

Prior to working for UW DEOHS, Rick was a Senior Safety and Health Specialist at Prezant Associates for 15 years, working as a consultant in workplace issues. He also worked for Federal OSHA as an inspector and consultant, and for the State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries for 10 years.

Meet Rhett Carpenter

Rhett Carpenter is a graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in Occupational Safety & Health Management, and a minor in Risk and Environmental Management. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive experience in both construction and general industries. He currently holds the credentials as a Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST), and provides safety, health and environmental services to many contractors and businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest, West Coast & beyond.

Rhett is the owner of ‘Safety, Health & Environmental Services LLC’, and is also an instructor for the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at the University of Washington. He is also an instructor for many associations and organizations throughout the Greater Puget Sound Region. Rhett is an authorized instructor through the Department of Ecology and regularly provides the Certified Erosion & Sediment Control training and consultation services, on a variety of levels, to many organizations.

Meet John Malool

"John is a top notch instructor and a delight to take a class from. Very engaging, very experienced, very knowledgeable and keeps the class engaged and interested with real world examples year after year." 

"There is simply no one better than John Malool to make this class useful and entertaining! I really appreciate John's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge and experience in Hazmat response and emergency/disaster assessment."

-Course Participants

John Malool is the course director and lead instructor for the hazardous materials training program at the Centers for Education and Training of the NIOSH-funded New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center, and the Northwest Center for  Occupational Health and Safety. He has many years of hazardous waste site health and safety experience with the federal government, and currently serves as Chief of Operations of a Hazmat Unit for a regionalized county fire department in New Jersey.
 John uses hands-on application of course knowledge to keep students engaged and drive key concepts home. He also loves to apply course principals to today's current events, keeping content exciting and relevant to participants. Students come back year after year for John's unique and engaging teaching style, and inviting personality.

Upcoming Course Dates & Registration

8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Course


July 14th & 15th, 2020 (Two half-day courses for 8 hr total time with Rick Gleason)


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