Training Services, Inc. Teaches Oil Spill Response Workers How
to Clean up Oil Soaked Beaches and Polluted Waterways in Accordance
With OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
Emergency Response vs. Post-Emergency Response
HAZWOPER standard identifies two basic phases of a response action:
emergency response and post-emergency response. Depending on
the size of the spill, these phases may be managed differently.
In addition, workers who participate only in post-emergency response
require different training than emergency response workers receive.
Emergency response is “a response effort...to an occurrence
which results, or is likely to result, in an uncontrolled release
of a hazardous substance” (29 CFR 1910.120(a)(3)). For
marine oil spills, an uncontrolled release is a situation in
which the oil and its associated airborne and surface contamination
hazards are releasing into the environment or are in danger of
releasing into the environment and posing a worker exposure hazard.
Oil in grounded ships, which is in danger of being released
into the environment, represents an emergency response situation.
On water containment, skimming operations, and underwater oil
recovery operations also are considered to be emergency response
activities because the oil is still in danger of being released
into the environment. Shoreline cleanup is normally considered
to be a post-emergency response unless the oil is below the high-tide
mark or storm surge boundary (active or forecasted) and can reasonably
be expected to be re-released into the marine environment.
Professional Safety Training Services (PSTS), Inc. an international
Environmental Training firm, specializes in Hazardous Waste Operations
and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and HAZMAT training to ensure
that emergency response workers will work safely at all times
during the cleanup of oil and various types of chemical spills
that occur in the waterways, in the air, and on land.
The unique and realistic hands-on type of training that PSTS
provide is designed to demonstrate and simulate the actual techniques
used to control and contain oil and sludge into a concentration
area through the use of booms, skimmers and sorbent materials
to prevent the spread of contamination onto other ships, onto
beaches, and more importantly to prevent the oil-soaked contamination
of wildlife, fish, fowl and etc. PSTS has provided such training
services in the USA and U.S. Virgin Islands, and is willing to
travel to teach anywhere.