Hazardous Materials Specialist

Technical Certificate

Hazardous Materials Specialist

Environmental sampling, HAZCOMM, emergency response and risk analysis

The Hazardous Materials Specialist Technical Certificate (T.C.) trains students to enter careers involved with the investigation and remediation of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites as well as response to an accident involving hazardous materials in accordance with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.210 (e)(3)(i). Graduates are expected to identify methods and procedures for recognizing, evaluating and controlling hazardous substances. Graduates also learn to identify appropriate regulations and action levels to ensure the health and safety of the workers.

Graduates of this program research applicable local, state and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; to maintain records as required by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT); to develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures; to plan for emergency response to hazardous material incidents; and to protect employees/workers/communities from hazardous material exposures.

Local corporate and governmental authorities participate on the Advisory Board for this program. Members include CSX, JEA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Army Corp of Engineers, St. Johns River Water Management District and others. This program was design to meet their anticipated skilled workforce needs.

Program Code: 6021

14 Credits

School of Health, Education and Human Services
Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is not available.

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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This certificate articulates directly into the A.S. in Environmental Science Technology degree. Students may pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field, or pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Career Opportunities

Hazardous materials (hazmat) removal workers identify and dispose of asbestos, lead, radioactive waste, and other hazardous materials. They also neutralize and clean up materials that are flammable, corrosive, or toxic (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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