Chapter 7: Training and Certifications

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Section 1: Hazardous Materials Tasks and Minimum Qualifications

As a result of the Continuous Improvement Intra-Departmental Agreements, the Environmental Continuous Improvement Team (ECIT) has developed the following recommended minimum qualifications for persons performing specific tasks. See Table 7-1 below.

Hazardous Materials Qualifications

Table 7-1: Hazardous Materials Qualifications

Specific Tasks

Minimum Qualifications (Recommended)

Tasks 14.0 and 14.1: Based on results of property transfer screen, determine whether Phase I ESA or further investigation should be performed.

Completion of "Environment in Project Development" or equivalent training that not only considers environmental liability concerns, but also addresses the anticipation of potential construction worker safety problems and impacts to underground utilities. Understanding of OSHA requirements for construction in contaminated zones. Prefer training in ASTM 1527, or equivalent ESA protocol (equivalent implies that the protocol satisfies "due diligence" requirements under CERCLA).

Task 14.2: Perform Phase I ESA (in-house)

Completion of training in conducting ASTM 1527 (Phase I ESA) or equivalent ESA protocol (equivalent implies that the protocol satisfies "due diligence" requirements under CERCLA). Experience as project manager in conducting Phase I ESA needed.

Task 14.3: Coordinate, manage and monitor consultant services for Phase I, including verifying quantities/deliverables as part of invoice review.

Completion of training in conducting ASTM 1527 (Phase I ESA) or equivalent ESA protocol (equivalent implies that the protocol satisfies "due diligence" requirements under CERCLA). Alternatively, experience as project manager in conducting Phase I ESA needed.

Task 14.4: Coordinate, manage and monitor consultant services for further investigation including verifying quantities/deliverables as part of invoice review. Further investigation includes: phased ESA, PST removal/closure, intrusive sampling/remedial investigation, feasibility studies, risk assessment/closure and remedial action design/implementation.

Working knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding the use, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. Working knowledge of industry standards for data collection and data reduction relating to the evaluation of subsurface impacts of hazardous materials. Prefer B.S. in environmental science, environmental engineering or related field.

Task 14.5: Review internal and consultant derived reports and facilitate, coordinate and communicate the need for special considerations throughout the project development process including environmental clearance, right-of-way acquisition and construction planning.

Considerable knowledge of right-of-way acquisition procedures, TxDOT design, construction practices and PS&E development process. Knowledge of hazardous materials impacts.



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