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40 Hr Oil Spill Resonse

The National Spill Control School

A Five Day Seminar

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday.

The Course
This course is designed to serve a two-fold purpose: to provide field training in oil spill response techniques while satisfying regulatory requirements for safety training of emergency responders. The training revolves around hands-on field exercises in boat handling, boom deployment and recovery, and pump and skimmer operations in bays, ports and inland waterways. The program also incorporates OSHA (29 CFR 1910.120) safety topics relative to emergency responders involved in an oil spill incident. This is a field-oriented course presented by our oil spill response instructors. A reference text complemented by other appropriate materials will be provided to each student during the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from the National Spill Control School, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Classroom/Field Topics
Oil Spill Response Strategies
Toxicity of Petroleum Hydrocarbons
MSDS - Petroleum Hydrocarbons
Heat Stress and Hypothermia
Levels of Protection and PPE
Decontamination of personnel and equipment
Boat handling and Water Safety
Boom deployment and recovery
Pump and Skimmer Operations and Shoreline Recovery Systems
Shoreline Cleanup
Tow lines, knots, and anchoring systems
Booming a vessel
Booming in Currents
Corralling, Cascade and Chevron booming
Response Equipment Maintenance

Field Exercises
This course is primarily a "hands-on" course involving trailering boats, deployment and recovery of floating containment booms in corralling exercises, shore-based and on-water skimming systems operations, and equipment cleanup, maintenance and storage. Appropriate personal safety equipment including personal floatation devices will also be used.

Additional Information
Personal flotation devices will be provided during the field exercises, however you may bring your own if you prefer. Exercises include activities where we get “wet and dirty”, so bring your work clothes and boots or shoes that can get wet. Weather conditions in Corpus Christi can be very warm and windy from April to early October, with temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s and winds at 15-20 mph. An examination will be given on the last day of the course.

Seminar Fee
$1,150 - Prepaid
Includes reference text and other course materials. For special government/industry group rates, contact the National Spill Control School at (361) 825-3333.

E-mail: nscs@tamucc.edu