AHMP 2010 National Conference Preconference Workshops

Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management
Friday, September 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Members of the Georgia Chapter of the ACHMM

This is an advanced review course for environmental professionals seeking an excellent overview in preparation for the CHMM exam or a refresher course for CHMM certification maintenance points (1 CMP per hour of training). It also provides a comprehensive environmental update.


  • The statutory and regulatory framework of environmental and hazardous materials management.
  • Compliance standards and state-of-the-art work practices on: Hazardous waste treatment, storage disposal, hazardous materials storage, radioactive materials, workplace safety, packaging, spills, cleanup, hazards assessment and communication, and basic and applied hazardous materials management principles, controls and concepts.
  • Science and technology of hazardous materials management: Chemical and physical characteristics, sampling and analysis, biological effects of hazardous materials, toxicology and geology/hydrology.

Fees: $625 before July 26 / $700 after July 26 / $725 onsite; Government registrants: $550 before July 26; $625 after July 26 / $650 onsite. Nonmembers: $725 before July 26/ $800 after July 26 / $825 onsite.

Risk and Crisis Communications: Tools and Techniques
Friday, September 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Pamela Ferrante, CHMM, CSP

Risk and crisis communications is the process of communicating information by a public or private organization to a stakeholder. The process and the messages require that some level of knowledge be imparted to stakeholders on how hazards will impact them, how they can prepare and what actions they can take to protect themselves. The process can occur when hazards are already occurring, are about to occur or being planned for as part of an overall emergency response preparedness process. This workshop will feature lectures, group discussions, case studies and hands-on activities that will help attendees understand the foundations of risk and crisis communications, develop a plan for their organization, learn how to craft messages for various situations, and avoid common pitfalls with both message content and delivery.

Course Outline:

  • Introductions
  • History and Definitions of Risk and Crisis Communication
  • Basic Communication Principles
  • Risk and Crisis Communication Fundamentals and Theoretical Foundations
  • Crafting Risk and Crisis Messages
  • Working with the Media
  • Special Risk and Crisis Communication Situations
  • Case Studies

Fee: $400 before July 26 / $475 after July 26 / $500 onsite; Nonmembers: $500 before July 26 / $575 after July 26 / $600 onsite.

How to Conduct a Table Top Scenario: An Operational and National Incident Management System (NIMS)
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Raymond Davis, CHMM, CIPS, CIT, CESM, REP, CET, CES, CEHMM
Additional Instructors: Chris Cutler, CHMM and Philip Polios, CHMM

This course will allow seasoned and novice EHS&S personnel to use acquired skills and knowledge in an application problem-solving environment associated with the planning and operational aspects associated in the development and structure of a Table Top Scenario. This will aid in understanding and participating in the quick pace associated with AHMP’s Emergency Response Scenarios (ERSs) Table Top reviews as well as real-life scenarios.

Fee: $300 before July 26 / $375 after July 26 / $400 onsite. Nonmembers: $400 before July 26/ $475 after July 26 / $500 onsite.

Hazmat Shipping: 2010 Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Highway and Air Shipping Refresher Training
Saturday, September 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Linda Lawhorn, CHMM

This workshop provides information on IATA/DOT regulatory changes and practical examples of shipping sample and waste by air and highway. It will help hazmat employees comply with 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2), which requires training and testing every three years. Topics to be addressed are: Hazmat identification techniques, new marking and labeling requirements, new shipping paper requirements and emergency response information recommendations. In-class examples will include mathematical Class 6 determination, PCB shipping modal differences, SUMA canister hazard determination and shipping, small quantities versus excepted quantities, materials of trade and hazardous waste reminders. The test will be segmented so each student only can complete the parts he or she needs (air or highway only). Students will receive IATA regulations, federal regulations, course slides and a certificate of completion. This class is a refresher, not an initial shipping class.

Fees: $525 before July 26 / $600 after July 26 / $625 onsite. Nonmembers: $625 before July 26 / $700 after July 26 / $725 onsite. Provided with the registration fee are these books: 2010/2011 Hazardous Materials, Substances & Wastes Compliance Guide and IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, Effective 1 January–31 December 2011, 52nd Edition. If you will be bringing your own books to this workshop please call AHMP meetings at (800) 437-0137 for discounted workshop fee.

8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher
Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Barry Weissman, CHMM

As part of the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65, individuals who wish to maintain their certifications (8-, 24- or 40-hours of training) must attend an 8-hour refresher course each year.

This course is open to individuals at all professional levels—beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each participant must have a current HAZWOPER course card (we will NOT be checking). Individuals can attend without the prerequisite, but may not be able to fully follow the course proceedings.


  • Introduction
  • What’s happened over the past year?
  • Testing and monitoring; air monitoring and equipment
  • Safety rules
  • Regulations update
  • Decision-making exercise
  • Hazard evaluation
  • Site history exercise
  • Health and safety plan development
  • Personal protective equipment; clothing and levels of PPE
  • Decontamination planning
  • Engineering controls
  • Chemistry
  • Physical characteristics
  • Common toxic chemicals
  • Various case studies
  • Closing exercise

Topics may not be taught in order listed and, depending on the audience, more or less time will be spent on these various topics. These materials will be used in the course: 29 CFR 1910.120 and PowerPoint slides. A certificate of attendance will be issued.

Fees: $300 before July 26 / $375 after July 26 / $400 onsite. Nonmembers: $400 before July 26 / $475 after July 26 / $500 onsite.

Hot Topics in Safety and Industrial Hygiene
Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructors: Mark D. Smith, CHMM, CSP, CIH and Reggie Suga, CHMM, CIH, CSP

This course is designed to update intermediate to advanced environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) professionals on recent topics that have traditionally fallen in the realm of safety and industrial hygiene. Information will be drawn from the latest regulatory and scientific findings in the field of safety and health. Participants should have a basic understanding of safety and industrial hygiene principles.

  1. Introduction
  2. OSHA and NIOSH Updates
  3. Exposure Limits: TLVs, PELs, RELs, etc.
  4. Mold Hazard Evaluation
  5. Human Performance Improvement
  6. Industrial Hygiene Real Time Monitoring Instrumentations
  7. Controls for Nanoparticles
  8. Kingston Steam Plant Ash Pile Failure and Results
  9. BP Deepwater Horizon Catastrophe Safety and Health Concerns
  10. Decommissioning and Demolition of Buildings
  11. Safety by Design
  12. Electrical Hazards for CHMMs
  13. ISO
  14. Updates- Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP): EPA’s Lead Standard for Residential Occupancies
  15. Safety and IH Jeopardy

Fee: $300 before July 26 / $375 after July 26 / $400 onsite. Nonmembers: $400 before July 26 / $475 after July 26 / $500 onsite.

RCRA Corrective Action: Preparing for 2020
Sunday, September 12, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Instructor: George H. Colvin, CHMM, CPG

Historical activities at permitted and/or interim status treatment, storage or disposal facilities have sometimes resulted in releases of hazardous waste or hazardous waste constituents to environmental media. The RCRA Corrective Action program requires such facilities to conduct site-wide investigations and cleanup actions as necessary to protect human health and the environment. In 1999 and 2001, the EPA implemented administrative reforms to the program designed to increase the rate of cleanup at Corrective Action sites by emphasizing the importance of outcomes and eliminating unnecessary procedural steps.

As part of the reforms and the Government Performance and Results Act, the EPA and the states have successfully identified and met interim goals for the Corrective Action program. In 2003 EPA announced its most sweeping and ambitious cleanup goals to date for the program. These goals, known as the 2020 Initiative, state: “By the year 2020, cleanup of existing contamination problems at RCRA-regulated facilities will hopefully be largely complete, though some long-term remediation work may be ongoing, and some mechanism for addressing releases that may occur in the future will presumably be needed.” EPA has compiled a list of 3,746 facilities to which the ambitious goals for 2020 apply. This unique four-hour training course will cover the history and evolution of the Corrective Action program, the statutory and regulatory authority used to require RCRA Corrective Action, the process (both pre-and post-RCRA Reforms), the timing and costs of RCRA Correction Action, and strategies and tools for meeting the aggressive government goals for the program.

Fee: $250 before July 26 / $325 after July 26 / $350 onsite. Nonmembers: $350 before July 26 / $425 after July 26 / $450 onsite.