Training the Waste Watchers

by J. S. Brown, (M.ASCE), Civil Engineer; Perc Associates, Marshall, Il,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 8, Pg. 69-71

Document Type: Feature article


Whether an engineer is going to work at a Superfund site himself, or if his firm will be doing cleanup work at the site, that engineer will want to take the 40 hour training course as mandated by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA). Liability is far-reaching and anyone even remotely involved in a cleanup may be financially responsible should the project go astray. Therefore, engineers are not advised to grandfather by transferring credits from other courses to the SARA requirements. These credits may not be transferrable, but more importantly, the 40 hour course is too valuable to skip. There are two types of training courses. The recommended course, at universities across the country, is funded by a government grant and has the resources to offer thorough training. Courses given by private consultants may not have the equipment nor offer the hands on training needed by hazardous waste workers. The recommended course consists of both classroom and field training, with simulations of cleanups. Students are able to wear the protective equipment necessary to work at a hazardous site.

Subject Headings: Training | Waste management | Waste sites | Equipment and machinery | Occupational safety | Waste treatment | Liability | Financial management

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