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Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - 2 Hours
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Refresher - 8 Hours
Hazardous Waste (HAZWOPER) Refresher / GHS Combo – 8 Hours
AHERA Building Inspector Refresher - 4 Hours
Asbestos Worker Refresher - 8 Hours
Asbestos Contractor-Supervisor Refresher - 8 Hours
AHERA Management Planner Refresher - 4 Hours
AHERA Asbestos Project Designer Refresher - 8 Hours
EPA/WA Certified Lead Renovator (RRP) Initial – 8 Hours
OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety - 4 Hours
Certified Lead Inspector Initial – 24 Hours
Certified Lead Risk Assessor Initial – 16 Hours
Certified Lead Inspector Refresher – 8 Hours
Certified Lead Risk Assessor Refresher – 8 Hours
Certified Lead Supervisor Refresher – 8 Hours
Certified Lead Worker Refresher – 8 Hours
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Initial - 40 Hours
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Limited Tasks Initial - 24 Hours
Emergency Response Hazardous Materials Technician Initial – 24 Hours
Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) Supervisor – 8 Hours
US DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training - 8 Hours
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management (Initial & Refresher) - 8 Hours
Asbestos Worker Initial (Class I, II, III, IV) - 32 Hours
Asbestos Contractor-Supervisor Initial (Class I, II, III, IV) - 40 Hours
AHERA Building Inspector Initial - 3 Days
AHERA Asbestos Project Designer - 24 Hours
Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (Class III) – 16 Hours
Asbestos Awareness (Class IV) - 2 Hours
Mold Management - 8 Hours
Confined Space Entry Safety – 4 Hours

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) – 2 Hours
OSHA requires that all affected employees receive training in the new Hazard Communication GHS labeling and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) systems by Dec. 1, 2013 and WA Labor & Industries requires the training by June 1, 2014. This new two hour class provides a fast-paced and comprehensive overview of the new 2012 OSHA Hazard Communication changes in 29 CFR 1910.1200 that incorporates the UN GHS requirements for chemicals used on the job. Washington Labor & Industries' corresponding new regulation is WAC 296-901 and became effective April 1, 2013. Topics include when GHS-Hazcom will apply, when various parts of the rule will be phased in and enforced, hazmat classification and categories, understanding the new format SDSs, pictograms, and container label requirements.

Hazardous Waste (HAZWOPER) Refresher / GHS Combo – 8 Hours
This new Hazmat refresher format meets both the requirements of HAZWOPER for annual refresher training and also the OSHA and WA Labor and Industries (L & I) Hazard Communication requirements for the new GHS (Globally Harmonized System) changes. This combo HAZWOPER refresher with GHS is offered on the last Thursday of each month. The other Thursdays of the month we offer our regular HAZWOPER 8-hour refresher. OSHA requires that all affected employees receive training in the new GHS labeling and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) systems by Dec. 1, 2013 and WA L & I requires GHS training by June 1, 2014. With this combo class students receive certification documenting the combination of HAZWOPER refresher and GHS compliance.

AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector Initial - 3 Days
EPA regulations require that all asbestos bulk samples collected from public, commercial and school facilities be obtained by an Accredited AHERA Building Inspector. An Accredited AHERA Building Inspector is required to determine the presence and location of asbestos containing materials in a building and to write the report to document these findings. This EPA-accredited 3-day (24 hour) course satisfies the requirements outlined in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA). Personnel who would benefit from this certification include industrial hygienists, engineers, asbestos abatement contractors, architects, property managers, regulatory personnel and environmental consultants. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 4-hour refresher course is required to maintain certification.

AHERA Asbestos Project Designer - 24 Hours
EPA regulations require that persons who design certain types of asbestos response actions in schools and public or commercial buildings and vessels be accredited as AHERA Project Designers.  A response action is defined under AHERA as removal, enclosure, encapsulation, or repair of asbestos-containing materials.  This EPA-accredited 3-day (24 hour) course satisfies the requirements outlined in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA). It is designed to cover the required engineering and work practice controls and administrative procedures for asbestos work. It also addresses liability issues associated with asbestos project design work and recommendations to help manage risk.  Even when the AHERA Project Designer certification is not required by law, having the knowledge-base acquired in this course will help prevent costly citations and litigation associated with not knowing up-to-date best management practices and current trends.  It is recommended for industrial hygienists, engineers, architects, construction managers and estimators, asbestos supervisors, and consultants who deal with asbestos work.
PREREQUISITE: There is no required prerequisite for this course; however, an AHERA Building Inspector, Asbestos Supervisor or Asbestos Worker certification is strongly recommended. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 8-hour refresher course is required to maintain certification.

AHERA Management Planner Refresher 4 Hour
Federal EPA regulations under the Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act (AHERA) require school districts whose buildings contain asbestos to develop management plans for each building.  The management plan is a required document that specifies training, cleaning, work practices, and surveillance to maintain asbestos-containing materials in good condition.  Individuals who design, review and modify these plans must receive an AHERA Management Planner accreditation and keep it current.  A prerequisite to the AHERA Management Planner course is the AHERA Building Inspector certification.  This EPA-accredited 4-hour refresher course satisfies the re-training requirements listed in the EPA 40 CFR 763 regulation (AHERA/ASHARA) for Management Planners.
PREREQUISITE: AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector certification.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 4-hour refresher course is required to maintain certification.

Asbestos Worker Initial (Class I, II, III, IV) - 32 Hours
This Washington State Certified 4-day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title II, 29 CFR 1926.1101 and WAC 296-65 for asbestos abatement workers. Topics focus on all aspects of abatement operations including asbestos types, uses and building material types; health hazards; regulations; worker protection and decontamination issues; personal protective equipment; site safety; state of the art work practices and engineering controls. Hands-on exercises include use of respirators; removal and repair of simulated asbestos materials; glove-bag installation, use and removal; construction of containments; decontamination; and proper entry and exit procedures from the regulated area. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. The Washington State $45 individual license card fee is included in the initial and refresher course tuitions.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 8-hour refresher course is required to maintain certification.

Asbestos Contractor-Supervisor Initial (Class I, II, III, IV) - 40 Hours
This Washington State Certified 5-day course meets the requirements of EPA 40 CFR 763, OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101 and WAC 296-65 for personnel who will supervise asbestos abatement projects or oversee asbestos workers. The course includes all of the content in the 32-Hour Asbestos Worker course in greater depth as well as supervision and management, administrative programs, how to select and set-up engineering controls properly, how to conduct air monitoring, and how to set-up and manage supplied air breathing systems. Many hands-on exercises are included such as setting up and calibrating air sampling equipment, Type C systems, respiratory protection, glove-bagging, calculating and locating ventilation requirements for an enclosure, and 3-stage personnel decontamination. Certification license cards are issued from the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries. The Washington State $65 individual license card fee is included in the initial and refresher course tuitions. The initial course requires successful completion of the class and a final exam score of 70% or higher.
PREREQUISITE: Must certify 1600 hours experience in one or more of the following: Asbestos Abatement, Asbestos Project Design, Construction Project Supervision, Consultation on Asbestos Abatement Projects, Operations and Maintenance Program Supervision.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 8-hour refresher course is required to maintain certification.

Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (Class III) – 16 Hours
This course is designed to meet the training requirements in WAC 296-62-07722, OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101, and EPA 40 CFR Part 763.92 for Asbestos Operations and Maintenance (also known as Class III) Work.  This course runs approximately 22 hours and includes hands-on practice with respirators, glove-bags, mini-enclosures and decontamination procedures. This course focuses on Class III asbestos work, which is defined as repair and maintenance operations that may disturb asbestos, which are very small in scale and for a short duration.  In Washington State a Class III-trained asbestos worker may only perform work that disturbs less than one square foot of asbestos material and cannot work on any pipe insulation. This course is recommended for maintenance or technician personnel who will only occasionally perform small tasks where some asbestos disturbance must occur, such as drilling or cutting small holes into or scraping small amounts of asbestos containing material.
REFRESHER: Annual refresher training is required; we recommend a minimum of 2 hours.

Asbestos Awareness (Class IV) - 2 Hours
This course is designed to meet the requirements for Class IV asbestos work and custodial activities under WAC 296-62-07722 and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1101, and for school maintenance and custodial staff asbestos awareness training as required by EPA 40 CFR Part 763.92.  This course is required for all personnel who perform maintenance or custodial activities in buildings where asbestos-containing materials may be present but will not be disturbed. It is also recommended for anyone who seeks a solid introduction to recognizing asbestos issues in buildings; and learning about asbestos health hazards, regulations, and proper materials handling. This course includes information about the various forms of asbestos, their uses, history, health effects, products that may contain asbestos, their potential locations, engineering controls, work practices, and identifying and responding to a release. The intended scope for this course is for workers who may come in contact with but who do not disturb or work on asbestos containing materials.
REFRESHER: Annual 2 hour refresher training is required.

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Initial 40 Hours
This 5 day course is designed for personnel who are involved in investigation and clean-up activities in the contaminated zones at hazardous waste sites. It satisfies the general OSHA/Washington State training requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120 and WAC 296-843 for hazardous waste operations and emergency response. The course combines lectures, demonstrations, course exercises and hands-on training in multiple levels of personal protective equipment (PPE). Exercises include level C PPE donning, decontamination and use of self-contained breathing apparatus and level A/B PPE. Personnel who need this training include general contractors, excavation contractors, environmental consultants, engineers, field technicians, field scientists and anyone engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which may expose them to hazardous substances and health hazards on a regulated hazardous waste site.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 8-hour refresher course is required to maintain this certification. 

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Limited Tasks Initial - 24 Hours
This 3 day course is designed for personnel who perform limited tasks in the less contaminated zones of hazardous waste sites where respirators are not required. It satisfies the general OSHA/Washington State training requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120 and WAC 296-843 for hazardous waste operations and emergency response 24-hour. The course combines lectures, demonstrations, course exercises and hands-on training in personal protective equipment (PPE). Exercises include level C PPE donning and decontamination. Personnel who need this training include general contractors, excavation contractors, environmental consultants, engineers, field technicians, field scientists and anyone engaged in activities in the less contaminated areas of a regulated site.
REFRESHER: Completing an annual 8-hour refresher course is required to maintain this certification.

Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) Supervisor – 8 Hours
This training is required by WAC 296-843 and 29 CFR 1910.120 for students who directly supervise field personnel who are engaged in hazardous waste site operations. Topics included are hazardous waste management issues, safety & health and environmental regulations, components of site specific health and safety plans and how to implement them, liabilities involved with supervision while working on a hazardous waste site, record-keeping, and what to consider during a site visit from a regulatory inspector.
PREREQUISITE: HAZWOPER 40 hour or 80 hour initial certification.
REFRESHER: There is no refresher-training requirement for the HAZWOPER Supervisor certification.

Emergency Response Hazardous Materials Technician Initial – 24 Hours 
This 3 day course satisfies the generic OSHA/Washington State training requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120(q) and WAC 296-824 for Hazardous Material Technician level responders. The course is designed for those individuals who respond to and assume an offensive role regarding uncontrolled hazardous substance releases or potential releases. The course covers the competencies required for identifying hazardous substances, the requirements of an Emergency Response Plan, understanding consequences of hazardous substances in an emergency, basic and advanced hazard and risk assessment techniques, basic and advanced control and containment of hazardous substances, use of field survey equipment, personal protective equipment and decontamination procedures. Competency to participate in actual emergency response procedures is determined by each attendee’s employer.
REFRESHER: Annual re-certification of competency to perform duties is required to maintain certification.

Confined Space Entry Safety – 4 Hours
This course is designed to meet the basic overview training requirements in WAC 296-809 and 29 CFR 1910.146 for permit-required confined space work.  Students will discuss and understand how to identify confined spaces, recognize the hazards associated with them, and the types and characteristics of hazardous atmospheres and other potential hazards. Also covered are the requirements of the Confined Space regulation; the written program; when to use and how to complete a permit; how to re-classify a space; personnel roles of entrant, attendant, supervisor and rescuers; emergency rescue planning; air sampling; ventilation; and appropriate PPE.
REFRESHER: Annual hands-on refresher training is required for personnel who perform entry-rescue duties. Refresher training is recommended for all other personnel.

US DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training - 8 Hours
This 8-hour course covers domestic highway transportation only and is designed to meet the general training requirements of 49 CFR §172.704. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) defines a Hazmat Employee as a person who directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. Employees who should take this training include packaging personnel, handlers, packers, those preparing paperwork, first line supervisors and drivers. The law requires a systematic program that ensures employees have familiarity with the general provisions of the hazardous material transportation regulation; areable to recognize and identify hazardous materials; have knowledge of specific requirements of the functions they perform; have knowledge of emergency response information including self-protection measures and accident prevention methods and procedures; and have training in their organization’s security plan (if applicable). Per the requirements of US DOT, a student’s employer is required to add job-specific information and certification of the student’s hazmat transportation competency.
REFRESHER: DOT requires re-training at least every three years.

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management (Initial & Refresher) - 8 Hours
Hazardous waste regulations can be confusing when it comes to training requirements for employees because both worker protection laws and environmental protection laws require training.  This course focuses on the environmental component. If you work for a Large Quantity Generator according to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Washington State Department of Ecology Dangerous Waste regulations, you are required to have a written training program that covers site and task- specific information for your employees. This course is a good introduction to the basic information needed to manage dangerous waste.  It includes designating and quantifying dangerous wastes; determining your generator status; packaging and manifesting requirements; facility emergency plans; and the basic requirements of Washington State’s more stringent waste management requirements.  Waste generators of all sizes as well as consultants that work with generators and on contaminated sites will find this course essential. The course materials include a copy of the most current Dangerous Waste Regulation for Washington (WAC 173-303) as well as various helpful tools for waste management.
PREREQUISITE: There are no prerequisites for this course; however, it is helpful to have DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation training.
REFRESHER Large Quantity Generator employees must receive annual refresher training.

Mold Management - 8 Hours
Mold has been making headline news across the country because of ongoing damage to buildings and occupant health issues and has cost building owners and insurance companies millions of dollars over the past two decades.  This 8-hour Mold Management course emphasizes practical approaches to identifying, abating, and preventing mold growth in buildings and provides students with the principles and tools needed to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control mold growth.  The course covers information about what mold is, how it grows, and dispels myths and misconceptions that have become widespread.  Students also learn what to look for when evaluating techniques for mold identification, evaluation, and control. This includes an introduction to state-of-the-art equipment such as infrared cameras and moisture meters as well as mold sampling techniques.  This course is designed to help students make sound decisions about when mold experts are needed and what that expertise should include, which will help protect them from expensive mistakes caused by improper actions that cover up mold problems rather than fix them.  Although there are no Washington State or federal laws regulating mold, this course is strongly recommended for construction and restoration contractor estimators, project managers, and superintendents; building owners; property managers; environmental consultants; and insurance company adjusters.

OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety - 4 Hours
This course is designed to meet the training requirements of WAC 296-155-176 and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.62. There are workplace and environmental regulations for working with lead paint or other lead hazards. This course addresses the workplace safety and health issues and requirements regarding lead exposure to workers. For environmental requirements and controls, see our lead certification courses (Renovator, Inspector, Risk Assessor, Worker or Supervisor). This course is intended for workers who perform maintenance, construction, demolition, or other work where lead paint or lead materials are present. The following topics are included: lead health effects, history and uses; written program requirements; exposure assessments; operations that have the potential to cause workers to be exposed to lead; work area signage; engineering controls and work practices; PPE; respiratory protection; medical monitoring; and medical surveillance and removal.
REFRESHER: Annual refresher training is required; we recommend a minimum of 2 hours.

EPA/WA Certified Lead Renovator (RRP) Initial – 8 Hours

This 1 day course meets the requirements of EPA 40 CFR 745 and WAC 365-230 for Renovation, Repair and Painting activities involving lead paint. The EPA model curriculum for this course focuses on all aspects of a Lead Renovator’s duties including lead health hazards, regulations covering lead renovation procedures for paint in residential structures and child-occupied facilities built before 1978, requirements for final cleaning and cleaning verification testing, and a description of lead clearance testing. The course also summarizes some of the HUD requirements. To earn your certification requires successful completion of the course, hands-on activities and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Argus Pacific, Inc. issues a photo ID card upon completion of the 8-hour course, which expires after 5 years. In March of 2011 The Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) began regulating the State-level certifications for Lead Renovators in the State of Washington. Previously EPA-certified Lead Renovators performing work in the state of Washington will be grandfathered into COM’s program. Please plan for class day to run as long as 10 hours (including lunch) to allow time for the exam and exam grading.

REFRESHER: A 4 hour refresher course is required prior to the 5 year expiration date to maintain certification.

Certified Lead Inspector Initial – 24 Hours
This Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) certified 3-day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title X and 40 CFR 745, HUD 24 CFR 35 and WAC 365-230. There are both environmental and workplace safety regulations for working with lead paint. This course addresses environmental regulations. For worker safety and health requirements, see our lead OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety course. The EPA model curriculum for this course covers the lead-based paint (LBP) protocols and focuses on all aspects of a Lead Inspector’s duties including a surface-by-surface inspection for detecting lead based paint; lead health hazards; regulations covering a lead inspection in paint and soil, preparation of a report, lead abatement and interim control clearance testing. The initial course requires successful completion of the course and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Argus Pacific, Inc. issues a certificate upon successful completion of the initial course, which expires after 6 months. After successful completion of the initial course, attendees must then submit a separate application to COM and make arrangements to take and pass their State exam in order to receive their Washington State photo ID certification card. This State certification card expires 3 years from the initial course completion date.
REFRESHER: An 8 hour refresher course is required every 3 years to maintain certification.

Certified Lead Risk Assessor Initial – 16 Hours
This Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) certified 2 day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title X and 40 CFR 745, HUD 24 CFR 35 and WAC 365-230. There are both environmental and workplace safety regulations for working with lead paint. This course addresses environmental regulations for Lead Risk Assessors. For worker safety and health requirements, see our lead OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety course. The EPA model curriculum for this course covers the lead-based paint (LBP) protocols and focuses on all aspects of a Lead Risk Assessor’s duties including identification of lead hazards, recommendations for lead hazard controls; lead health hazards; regulations covering lead risk assessment in paint and soil, preparation of a report, lead abatement and interim control clearance testing; The initial course requires successful completion of the course and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Argus Pacific, Inc. issues a certificate upon successful completion of the initial course, which expires after 6 months. After successful completion of the initial course, attendees must then submit a separate application to COM and make arrangements to take and pass their State exam in order to receive their Washington State photo ID certification card. This State certification card expires 3 years from the initial course completion date.
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of the 24-hour Lead Inspector Certification course or a current Lead Inspector Certification.
REFRESHER: An 8-hour refresher course is required every 3 years to maintain both the Lead Inspector and Lead Risk Assessor certifications.

Certified Lead Worker Refresher – 8 Hours
This Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) certified 1 day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title X and 40 CFR 745, HUD 24 CFR 35 and WAC 365-230 for lead abatement worker refresher training. There are both environmental and workplace safety regulations for working with lead paint. This course addresses environmental regulations for lead paint abatement. For worker safety and health requirements, see our lead OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety course.  The EPA model curriculum for this course reviews all aspects of a Lead Worker’s duties including lead health hazards and regulations covering lead abatement procedures in paint and soil. The refresher course requires successful completion of the course and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Upon successful completion of the refresher course Argus Pacific issues a certificate, which expires after 3 years. After successfully completing their refresher, attendees need to submit their COM application and fee to COM in order to receive their Washington State photo ID card.
REFRESHER: An 8 hour refresher course is required every 3 years to maintain certification.

Certified Lead Supervisor Refresher – 8 Hours 
This Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) certified 1 day course meets the requirements of EPA TSCA Title X and 40 CFR 745, HUD 24 CFR 35 and WAC 365-230 for lead paint abatement supervisor refresher training. There are both environmental and workplace safety regulations for working with lead paint. This course addresses environmental regulations for lead paint abatement. For worker safety and health requirements, see our lead OSHA/WA Lead Construction Health & Safety course.  The EPA model curriculum for this course reviews all aspects of a Lead Supervisor’s duties including lead health hazards; regulations covering lead abatement procedures in paint and soil, and requirements for lead clearance testing. The refresher course requires successful completion of the course and a final exam score of 70% or higher. Upon successful completion of the refresher course Argus Pacific issues a certificate, which expires after 3 years. After successfully completing their refresher, attendees need to submit their COM application and fee to COM in order to receive their Washington State photo ID card.
PREREQUISITE: Current Lead Supervisor certification.
REFRESHER: An 8 hour refresher course is required every 3 years thereafter to maintain certification.