Space is available for up to 30 students, with priority given to geology graduate students and graduating environmental geology undergraduate students. NIU and non-NIU students may enroll in GEOL 408/508 for course credit.
This course is required for:
Workers at sites with frequent exposure to hazardous materials.
Workers with potential exposure to hazardous materials above permissible limits
This includes field personnel at environmental and engineering consulting firms, state and federal governmental agencies, analytical laboratories, and any subcontracting firms that perform work on locations with potential exposures to hazardous materials (from gas stations to Superfund sites).
Having this training before you interview can give you a huge advantage over other applicants, as it often saves the company/agency at least a week of labor time and at least that much in salary and overhead costs.
Hazardous materials toxicology
Chemical and physical hazards
Chemical protective equipment
Site safety plans
Field safety and operational procedures
Field exercises (hands-on)
Monday - Thursday: Morning lectures/discussion and afternoon hands-on activities.
Friday: Hands-on practical group exercises based on the topics covered Monday through Thursday.
Full course: May 15-19, 2023
Refresher/recertification: May 15, 2023 (tentatively)
Location: Davis Hall, rooms 309/311 and outdoor practical exercise locations.