Submitted by The Whale Museum
Join The Whale Museum for two special events in March: the Gear Up Workshop for marine naturalists on March 15 followed by a two-day Hazwoper training on March 16 and 17. On Friday, March 15, the Gear Up Workshop will be held at the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration. The theme will be on oil spill response and the Southern resident killer whales. Invited presenters include Donald Noviello of WDFW Oil Spill Team on wildlife oil spill response and threat to Southern resident killer whales; Lovel Pratt of Friends of the San Juans on actions individuals can take and opportunities to advocate for safe shipping and oil spill prevention; Marla Steinhoff and Jason Lehto of NOAA’s Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program on assessing and restoring natural resources after oil spills, ship groundings and hazardous releases; and representatives from the Islands Oil Spill Association and the current status of this organization.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, Shawn Larson of The Whale Museum will lead a two-day, 24-hour Hazwoper certification training at the San Juan Island Grange, starting at 8 a.m. each day. Hazwoper stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Hazwoper training is covered under OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120. The 24-hour HAZWOPER course is primarily for individuals who will occasionally come in contact with hazardous materials and not be involved in the cleanup operations. This class will have a focus on oiled wildlife response for those interested in participating in oiled wildlife rehabilitation. This type of training covers broad issues regarding cleanup and identification of hazardous materials. At the conclusion of this training, participants will: understand how hazardous materials, including oil, are handled, identified and affect humans; the importance of a health and safety plan; incorporate the knowledge of what to do in case of emergencies; use appropriate safety methods and controls; and recognize signs and labels that are used to alert of danger involving hazardous material. If you are interested in participating in the HAZWOPER training, eight hours of online course work is required to be completed prior to March 16. Register for this training by Feb. 15.
For more information or to register, visit www.whalemuseum.org/products/gear-up or call 360-378-4710 ext. 30.