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SEAPRO

Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization

Providing oil spill response services to member companies

540 Water Street, Suite 201

Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

T: 907.225.7002  |  F: 907.247.1117


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Training

For information on SEAPRO Training Classes, to enroll in a class, take online training or request access to the SEAPRO Learning Center Website click on the button below:

 

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Your can also call us at 907-225-7002. In Alaska, our toll free number is 888-225-7676 or email us: training@seapro.org.

 

Registration must be done no less than one week prior to the start of class.

 

SEAPRO offers both Instructor led classroom training and Online self paced training. Course fees are:

Instructor Led Training

$429 - 24 hour HAZWOPER Course

$189 - 8 hour Refresher

 

Online Training

$225 - 24 hour HAZWOPER Course - Non-Members

$150 - 24 hour HAZWOPER Course - Members

$75 - 8 hour Refresher - Non-Members

$50 - 8 hour Refresher - Members

 

SEAPRO Responders are not charged for any training and Member Companies enjoy further discounted rates for online training.

 

 

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Please remember:

This schedule for Instructor led classroom training is subject to change due in large part to the extreme weather we are all subject to. Check this site or call often for changes!

 

 

 

 

State and Federal Laws that Require Training of Personnel

SEAPRO offers training programs for personnel that may respond to petroleum releases in order to assist member companies in complying with State and Federal requirements.

 

State of Alaska regulations regarding occupational safety and health regulations are included in the General Safety Code, Occupational Health and Environmental Control Code, Construction Code, Petroleum Code, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and Hazard Communication Code.

 

Federal regulations concerning the safety and health of employees involved in clean up operations are covered under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120 which is more commonly referred to as HAZWOPER (an acronym for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response).

 

The HAZWOPER section of OSHA requires that all employees (including supervisors and managers) who are or may be exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards or safety hazards shall receive training before they are permitted to work under these conditions. Furthermore, HAZWOPER also requires that trained individuals shall receive annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain their competencies in these areas.

 

 

Descriptions of SEAPRO classes

SEAPRO currently offers two training courses year round throughout Southeast Alaska . These courses are designed to comply with OSHA HAZWOPER requirements. A syllabus for each course can be found at the end of this section.

 

The 24 Hour class is the standard level of training for member company employees and responders within the SEAPRO organization.

 

At least two employees from each SEAPRO member company must be trained at this level.

 

The class is a 24 Hour HAZWOPER Technician Level class. Topics covered during the class include General Safety, Incident Command System, Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination, Material Safety Data Sheets, Site Safety and Health Plans, Notification, Documentation, OSHA Exposure Guidelines and Spill Response. Students receive a class text, copies of the International Emergency Response Guidebook, and a current edition of the SEAPRO Emergency Response Guidebook.

 

The 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher class is an annual requirement under 29 CFR 1910.120 for individuals who have received HAZWOPER training within the past year. The course reviews General Safety, Incident Command System, Personal Protective Equipment, Decontamination, Material Safety Data Sheets, Site Safety and Health Plans, Notification, Documentation, OSHA Exposure Guidelines and Spill Response. Students receive copies of the International Emergency Response Guidebook.

 

Spill Response Team Training will be included in both the 24 hour HAZWOPER and the 8 hour refresher courses to assist response personnel in developing and maintaining the basic skills required for a safe and effective spill response.

 

 

Scheduling of SEAPRO Classes

Classes are open to employees of SEAPRO member companies, individuals involved with the SEAPRO Rapid Response Team, local emergency response personnel, state and federal employees, and other interested individuals. The training schedule is posted well in advance of each convening date and can be found on the SEAPRO website at www.seapro.org.

 

As a private nonprofit cooperative organization, SEAPRO is able to offer training to its members at cost. Individuals on the SEAPRO Rapid Response Team receive training at no cost. Since SEAPRO offers training throughout Southeast Alaska, the cost for training is minimal.

 

 

Training Records

Training Records are maintained by SEAPRO for all individuals who have completed training classes. SEAPRO is required by regulation to maintain training records for members of the SEAPRO Response Team. Training records for other individuals are maintained by SEAPRO as a courtesy. Individuals must retain copies of their original certification and proof of current annual refresher training

 

 

Development of New Training Programs

SEAPRO continues to expand its region-wide training program in order to maintain response teams in twelve Southeast Alaska communities. Responders may receive comprehensive training in the areas of marine safety, boat handling, cold water safety, principles of containment and recovery, command and control, nearshore operations and, when available, wildlife hazing, as well as a number of other courses directly related to emergency response activities.

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SEAPRO Training Courses

24 Hour HAZWOPER Technician Training

CFR Reference: 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii)

Course Length: 24 Hours

 

Description:

Employees must be trained who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response operations for releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances without regard to hazard location. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases to stop them. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they approach the point of release to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance.

 

Training Program Ensures That Employees Understand:

  • Safety, health and other hazards present on the site
  • Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards
  • Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site
  • Medical surveillance requirements, including recognition of symptoms and signs which might indicate overexposure to hazards
  • The site safety and health plan
  • What hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
  • Know how to implement the employers emergency response plan
  • Recognizing the need for additional resources, and notification procedures
  • How to select and use proper personal protective equipment
  • Basic hazardous materials terms
  • How to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available to personnel
  • How to implement basic decontamination procedures
  • The recognition, classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment
  • Functioning within an assigned role in the Incident Command System
  • Basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • Termination and demobilization procedures.

 

 

8 Hour Annual HAZWOPER Refresher Training

CFR Reference: 1910.120 (q)(8)(i)

Course Length: 8 Hours

 

Description:

The employees who are trained in accordance with paragraph (q)(6) shall receive annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain their competencies, or shall demonstrate competency in those areas at least yearly.

 

Training Program Reviews the Following:

  • Safety, health and other hazards present on the site
  • Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards
  • Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site
  • Medical surveillance requirements, including recognition of symptoms and signs which might indicate overexposure to hazards
  • The site safety and health plan
  • What hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
  • Know how to implement the employers emergency response plan
  • Recognizing the need for additional resources, and notification procedures
  • How to select and use proper personal protective equipment
  • Basic hazardous materials terms
  • How to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available to personnel
  • How to implement basic decontamination procedures
  • The recognition, classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment
  • Functioning within an assigned role in the Incident Command System
  • Basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • Termination and demobilization procedures.

 

 

Spill Response Team Member Training

Course Length: 8 Hours (Annually)

 

Description:

Training provides a combination of classroom and practical experience for personnel who respond to oil spills. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of spill response.

 

Training Program Covers the Following Topics:

  • Practical safety for spill response personnel, including on water safety, shoreside safety, fixed and rotary aircraft safety, crane safety, tool and equipment safety, levels of protective equipment, fire safety, and heat/cold stress
  • The Incident Command System providing detailed reviews of each position within a fully developed command structure
  • Response techniques including, options for response, fate and behavior of spilled oil, volume estimation, skimmer assessment parameters, and conversion factors used in spill response
  • Recovery strategies including offshore, near shore, and onshore operations, and communications for spill response
  • Containment boom including SEAPRO boom deployment, operations, and recovery, techniques for boom anchoring, and oil containment boom maintenance
  • A general overview of oil skimming systems, with emphasis on SEAPRO equipment -- deployment, operations, and recovery
  • Storage devices, including storage used on shore and on water, with emphasis on storage devices used by SEAPRO
  • Decontamination including methods of contamination minimization/reduction, SEAPRO decontamination equipment, and decontamination procedures
  • Wildlife considerations, including procedures for dealing with uninjured wildlife, oiled wildlife, dead wildlife, and organizations available for assistance with wildlife issues.

 

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