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Zender Environmental Health & Research Group is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

What We Do

Training

See below for a list of our free trainings. Do you have questions? Contact April McCoy amccoy@zendergroup.org  907-277-2111. Please note, to attend you must be registered.

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2022

Dates Training Location Status
Feb 9-10

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation.

We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Phone and/or internet. This training will be given live by toll-free phone with live online presentations. If you don’t have reliable internet, we will mail you all the presentation materials to follow along by phone. No internet required.

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March 1-3

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.


Delivery Method and Technology Requirements: Internet required. This will be an online training with live video instruction.

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March 23

Description: New Course! This training focuses on small landfill equipment such as bobcats, balers, glass crushers, and other recycling equipment. We will train operators how to keep a piece of equipment running for 30 years to increase program sustainability and how to maintain the equipment workspace, facility, and ensure proper storage.

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April 22

Friday, April 22, 10:00 am – 3 pm

This training may help you get a job with construction projects that come into town with local hire goals. The flagger certification training is for anyone performing flagging operations in Alaska. The certification training reviews potential hazards associated with traffic control during road construction operations. Students will be briefed on state and federal regulatory requirements.

Virtual Closed
April 27

Wed, April 27, 10:00 am – 3 pm

Are you concerned about the safety of an abandoned building or old stove insulation? Do you have construction, demolition, clean-up and/or landfill projects planned for this summer? This training will help you make better decisions about what to do and whether to be concerned. This training meets the requirements of Federal OSHA 29CFR 1926.1101 and EPA 40CFR 763.92 at the awareness level and covers the basics of asbestos for maintenance and custodial work. Virtual classes will include lectures, videos, and slides. This training is required for all maintenance-custodial personnel engaging in Class IV activities.

Virtual Closed
April 29

Friday, April 29, 10 am – 12 pm

Are you concerned about potential lead in paint, pipes, and/or local buildings? This class can help you better understand and prepare for construction, demolition, clean-up and/or landfill projects. This course is intended for any person with potential exposure to lead or lead-containing materials. Students will be able to utilize procedures and control techniques to protect themselves from overexposure. The course covers the hazards of this material, the characteristics, where the material may be found, and protection.

Virtual Closed
May 10-12

Description: New Course! Looking to up your game in solid waste? Want to see a compost program in action or how a glass crusher is used or how to operate a recycling baler or how to operate a pay as you throw program or setting up a community materials reuse program function? We are happy to offer a dream of ours –an on-site 3-day training at the Gustavus Landfill. The Gustavus operator will host this training and you or your landfill staff will see and learn firsthand what these various programs and equipment look can like in real-life, in- action, and in a small off-road community. Added Bonus – Enjoy beautiful Gustavus – Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park!

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June 6–10

 Mon – Fri, June 6 – 10  8 am – 5 pm

This class will help any environmental technician or program coordinator in managing and providing a safe environmental facility for their employees and their community. This course is designed for workers or supervisors who have safety responsibilities. OSHA recommends training courses as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers. Students who complete the course receive a completion card from OSHA.

Virtual Closed
June 14-17

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage,packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

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June 20th

Description: This course trains communities that have a specific need for certification. The training is divided up into classroom and hands- on sections. The classroom section covers topics such as: refrigeration cycle, stratospheric ozone depletion, important regulations, recovery equipment and techniques. The hands-on section covers safety, equipment & tools, field prepping refrigerant cylinders (putting into a vacuum), checking for and purging non-condensable air, recovery setup and techniques, and labeling and shipping. During the hands-on section a generator is used to run the recovery pump, PPE is taught and provided, and appliances are made available for students to practice with.

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July 18-20

Description: Learn how to take your own water and soil samples to send for laboratory contaminant testing, how to test on-site for surface water fecal coliform, and how to sample and monitor for the basic water quality parameters using a YSI probe and turbidity meter. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Nome Register Now
August 23-25

Description: Comprehensive backhaul training which includes OSHA 10 hr safety, DOT HMR regulations, inventory, storage, packing, shipping, labeling, and shipping paperwork.

Bethel Register Now
Summer 2022

Description: Having trouble convincing your community to pay fees? Finding that your solid waste program starts and stops or doesn’t seem to improve? This training looks at your solid waste management program as a utility operation. We use self-assessment exercises and discussions to explore the 9 management areas that contribute to effective and sustainable utility management. You will learn your own program’s weaknesses and strengths and leave with an identified approach to improving your program. This training includes developing a solid waste management budget and a community outreach strategy.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
Summer 2022

Description: Learn how to take your own water and soil samples to send for laboratory contaminant testing, how to test on-site for surface water fecal coliform, and how to sample and monitor for the basic water quality parameters using a YSI probe and turbidity meter. One-on-one follow-up will be provided post-training to each attendee to answer questions, troubleshoot testing, and help with writing QAPP’s and more.

Anchorage Will Open Soon
Sept 2022

Did you know that federal regulations require every person that handles or transports hazardous waste must be trained? Even if they are only loading batteries onto a plane or driving packed batteries in an ATV cart? Make sure your local air carrier agents have the training they need to for your community to be safe and your backhaul program compliance 100% airtight!

Bethel Will Open Soon

Photos From Past Trainings