Who Needs HAZWOPER 40?

Any personnel involved in the cleanup and restoration of contaminated sites, including managers, must have the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training (HAZWOPER 40) certification.

OSHA saw the need to provide protection specifically for workers and developed HAZWOPER based on existing Department of Defense (DoD) guidance, with further input from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the U.S. Coast Guard. It is a health and safety standard designed to train workers to be safe while they perform chemical response actions; it is not designed to train on specific technical response activities such as plugging chemical leaks or spill remediation.

In general terms, HAZWOPER training is needed if workers are to be:

  • Exposed to high concentrations of poisonous substances
  • Exposed to chemical conditions that pose a fire or explosion hazard
  • Entering sites with atmospheres at or above IDLH levels
  • Exposed to oxygen deficient atmospheres (less than 19.5% oxygen)
  • Leading evacuations due to chemical atmospheres or oxygen deficient conditions
  • Performing confined space entry
  • Supervising workers exposed to any of the above dangers

Examples of professionals who need HAZWOPER training are:

  • Environmental clean up
  • Marine spill response
  • Truck Drivers with Haz Endorsement
  • Emergency Response
  • Civil Service
  • Plant workers
Because of the possibility of needing to interact with hazardous materials and situations, OSHA recommends First Responders including Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters have at minimum a working awareness of HAZWOPER and, “the role of the first responder awareness individual in an employer’s emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook.”

Meridian is pleased to offer a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course across the Southeast United States.

To learn more about whether or not you and your organization need HAZWOPER 40 training, contact Meridian at (251) 345-6776 or by sending an email to info@meridian.us

 

Meridian’s Newest Service: Towing Vessel Safety Management System

Towing Vessel Safety Management System

January 3, 2018 – On June 20, 2016, the Coast Guard published Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subchapter M – Towing Vessels. In complying with the new regulations, owners and managing operators have two options: (1) Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option, and (2) Coast Guard Option.

Regardless of which option an owner or operator chooses, Meridian is ready to assist with readiness assessment and compliance preparation. We can support the following activities:

  1. TSMS Development and Implementation
  2. Internal Audits
  3. Vessel Survey
  4. Incident Investigation
  5. Management Review Support
  6. Designated Person

To order, please contact (808) 282-4981 or info@meridian.us

Other Meridian Services and Products

Providing the world’s most trusted and reliable risk mitigation service to the maritime community

In 2009, Meridian began working as a maritime security company for merchant ships off the coast of Somalia. Since then, Meridian has grown into a full-scale security, safety, and environmental service company. Our vision is “To create the world’s most trusted and reliable risk mitigation service to the maritime community.”

In striving for our vision, we have implemented an integrated management approach to service development and delivery. This involves implementing ISO 9001:2015 standards for quality management and Incident Command System (ICS) tools and processes for mission planning and execution.

An example is how we provide our Direct Asset Response Team (DART) services. The mission of our DART is to provide the requesting client with a highly-trained, disciplined, self-sustaining, multi-faceted, and dedicated unit of private security specialists available on short notice for security, medical and or recovery services.

In meeting ISO 9001:2015 (Section 8.2), we closely collaborated with our clients to determine the requirements for DART services. For example, we staffed our DART(s) with highly qualified personnel, including:

  • Former Military and Law Enforcement Personnel;
  • Medics;
  • HAZMAT Specialists; and
  • Incident Command System Experts.

We recognized that, in most situations, DART(s) will operate within an incident management organization that uses ICS tools and processes. To facilitate DART’s response and seamless integration with the ICS organization, we maintain an initial Incident Action Plan that can be quickly updated for an emerging situation.
Before Tropical Storm Cindy hit the Gulf Coast last week, several companies inquired us about our DART services. We quickly provided them with a copy of our standard operating procedure and our DART(s) were ready to respond as needed.

Meridian is uniquely qualified to provide security, safety, and environmental services to the maritime community. For additional information, please contact us at (251) 345-6776 or info@meridian.us.

REGULATORY ADVISORY: Proposed Manning Changes for Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit

Nearly seven years ago, on April 20, 2010, while conducting temporary well-abandonment activities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) Deepwater Horizon experienced a series of events that resulted in explosions, fire, loss of eleven lives, sinking of the vessel, and the largest oil spill in the U.S. history.

There were many investigations in the aftermath of the disaster to determine causal factors and identify potential safety improvements to offshore oil and gas drilling. The Department of Homeland Security and The Department of the Interior conducted a joint investigation. All told, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) held seven public hearings, called over 80 witnesses, issued more than 90 subpoenas, and collected over 400,000 pages of evidence.

Within the U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction, the JIT recommended 52 safety improvements, on 80 percent of which the Commandant agreed to take action. One major recommendation was to implement regulatory changes that provide clear designation of the person in charge under both operating and emergency situations for all MODUs operating on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

Additionally, in March 2013, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) began its investigation into the Deepwater Horizon casualty.  A proposed amendment to the MODU Code under consideration is “For units that use dynamic positioning systems as a sole means of position-keeping, the master should be designated as the person in charge at all times.”

On November 28, 2014, the Coast Guard published the Proposed Rules on Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities with Dynamic Positioning Systems, which requires all MODUs be under the command of an individual holding an appropriate certificate of competency as a master issued by the Flag State authority.

For assistance with regulatory compliance, please contact Meridian Global Consulting at (251) 345-6776 or info@meridian.us.

  1. International Maritime Organization, Review the MODU CODE, LSA CODE and MSC.1/CIRC.1206/ REV.1, SSE 2/12 19 December 2014

  2. Federal Register, Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities with Dynamic Positioning Systems; Proposed Rule, Vol. 79, No. 229, November 28, 2014

For more information please contact Meridian.us at (251) 345-6776 or info@meridian.us.