Multimedia Environmental Compliance Training

Posted on July 29, 2015

Client: Compendium of Public and Private Sector Clients
Project Type: Multimedia Environmental Compliance Training

Major Components

  • Hazardous Waste Management Training
  • Multimedia Environmental Compliance Training
  • Site-specific Environmental Compliance Training
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program Training
  • “Train-the-Trainer” Programs
  • Development of Environmental Compliance Checklists and Training Workbooks
  • Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Environmental Compliance Audit Support

Project Description


Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers (D&B), understands that training facility personnel can be a time consuming and  challenging goal. Therefore, D&B offers comprehensive environmental compliance training that comply with the extensive and often overwhelming reality of environmental regulation and are applicable to many sectors of industry. In order to make our programs as “userfriendly” as possible, we develop customized training using facility-specific information, photographs, company policies, protocols, and standard operating procedures (SOPs). For example, as part of a typical multimedia environmental compliance program, D&B will develop and present customized training programs that meet the regulatory requirements for hazardous waste management. Topics include:

• Introduction to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);
• Hazardous waste determinations;
• On-site waste management options;
• Land disposal restrictions;
• Hazardous waste air emissions;
• Emergency preparedness and contingency plans;
• Off-site shipment: DOT & EPA requirements;
• Recordkeeping, reporting, and training;
• New rules and agency interpretations; and
• Universal waste management.

In addition to hazardous waste management, D&B develops and presents multimedia environmental compliance training programs that cover the following regulations:

• Clean Air Act (CAA);
• Clean Water Act including Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans;
• Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA);
• Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA);
• Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) (and State analogues);
• Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (and State analogues);
• Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA);
• Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA);
• Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); and
• Oil Pollution Act (OPA).

D&B focuses on providing training tailored to meet the client’s specific needs. Our courses are presented by environmental professionals with years of industry and regulatory agency experience. Throughout all of our training programs, D&B translates 40 CFR (and its state-specific analogues) into understandable, plain English. We customize each program, showing its applicability, significance, and impact on the client’s operations.

Many training programs are designed to train those recently hired who need a general, overall waste management introduction; those recently assigned with hazardous waste management responsibilities; and anyone looking for a review of  the basics, such as on-site hazardous waste managers, environmental managers & engineers, senior operations executives, and safety personnel, maintenance/engineering employees, and strategic business planners. Other training programs are focused on specific topics to meet a particular need, and often are a unique “one-of-a-kind” training program.

D&B has developed training programs, often as part of an overall multimedia environmental compliance program for the following clients, among others:

• The Long Island Rail Road
• Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Headquarters;
• Long Island University;
• International Business Machines Corporation;
• The Mount Sinai Medical Center;
• Rochester Regional Healthcare Association/Joint Ventures Corporation;
• City of Yonkers;
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 2;
• Kawasaki Rail Car, Inc.; and
• The Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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USEPA-Region 2 Facility Audit Agreement – Disclosure Support and Training Module Development – New York and Long Island

In recognition of the critical role that environmental auditing plays in protecting human health and the environment by identifying, correcting and ultimately preventing violations of environmental regulations, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) entered into a facility audit agreement (FAA) to assess compliance with the regulations promulgated or authorized by USEPA.

In support of the FAA, MTA retained the services of D&B to develop and oversee the audit program. The MTA operating  agencies that participated in the audit program included New York City Transit, Bridges and Tunnels, Long Island Bus and MTA Bus. In total, the program encompassed 43 garages, buildings and storehouses of the MTA. As part of the early stages of the program, D&B developed and implemented a multi-level training program in compliance with federal regulations aimed at a number of targeted audiences within the MTA organization. One crucial phase of the training program was designed to “train the trainers.” This program also was designed to familiarize facility managers and support personnel with newly developed standard operating procedures, as well as existing procedures for hazardous waste management and environmental compliance.

D&B also created a guidance tool for the MTA to use as part of their Audit Program, which included a checklist identifying applicable compliance areas. As part of the training program, D&B “walked through” a series of initial self-audits of varying facilities with appropriate MTA personnel to ensure that all in-house staff involved are familiar with and comfortable with the audit program procedures. Once the training program was completed, the MTA, under the direction and support of D&B, completed the multimedia environmental compliance audits of the remaining facilities and evaluated compliance with federal regulatory programs.

Long Island UniversityLIUniversity_Logo

Multimedia Compliance Services – C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, New York; Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, New York; and Southampton College, Southampton, New York

The firm developed and assisted in the implementation of a Hazardous Waste Management Plan at all three Long Island University (LIU) Campuses. The firm also prepared SOPs for the applicable hazardous waste regulatory requirements based on the generator status of the facility. Implementation of the plan also included providing training for faculty and staff responsible for hazardous waste generation and management. D&B also prepared SOPs to comply with other regulatory programs, including the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and again provided training to responsible staff members.MultiEnvCompTrain - LI University

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 2
Environmental Compliance and Best Management Practices
Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools and Training Workshops

As part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 2 initiative, LIU’s C.W. Post Campus in Brookville, in tandem with its Brooklyn Campus, collaborated with a number of other major institutions of higher learning in developing a comprehensive environmental compliance guidance manual and training specifically targeting K-12 schools. D&B was “tapped” to develop a “user-friendly” guidance manual, media-specific training modules and the delivery of a ten (10) city training program throughout New York and New Jersey.MultiEnvCompTrain - K-12 Schools

Under the direction of the USEPA – Region 2, LIU was responsible for designing and developing the guidance manual for federal USEPA environmental regulatory programs and best management practices. USEPA provided technical oversight to both universities during the manual development stage and both tapped D&B for technical assistance.

During the next phase of the project, the two universities joined with Pratt Institute; Raritan Valley Community College and  Vassar College, with USEPA – Region 2’s technical oversight, to deliver the contents of the guidance manual at ten workshops  throughout New York and New Jersey. Once again, D&B was retained by LIU and other institutions to extract the essential  concepts of the guidance manual and to develop these into dynamic presentations targeting the following K-12 school  personnel:

• Superintendents, principals and business officials;
• Art and science teachers/supervisors;
• Building and grounds supervisors; and
• Health and safety personnel.

The workshops for the K-12 public and private school personnel were delivered on behalf of the New York and New Jersey colleges and universities mentioned above, with technical oversight by the USEPA – Region 2. The firm provided assistance with development of a brochure and website to promote the workshops and provided support regarding workshop registration. D&B also presented the technical information at the workshops in seven fast-paced sessions covering the major federal environmental programs. Workshop attendees received a copy of the Guidance Manual for K-12 Schools and other free guidance materials on environmental regulations and best management practices targeted for K-12 school personnel which is currently available in both English and Spanish on the EPA-Region 2 website at: region02/children/k12/.

International Business Machines CorporationIBM Logo

Development and Delivery of RCRA Training Program

D&B was retained by IBM corporate offices located in Manasas, Virginia and Somers, New York to develop an internal training program to address the implications of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations with respect to the proper management of investigation -derived and remediation -related waste. RCRA is a complicated piece of legislation and hazardous waste is generated at several IBM and former-IBM sites in New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

IBM was aware of some recent innovative training programs that D&B had prepared for Region 2 of the USEPA related to RCRA and general environmental compliance for K-12 schools, and IBM was interested in developing a specific training program that focused on how to manage waste generated at their RCRA and Superfund remediation sites. IBM had approached a number of firms but none had ever developed such a program. Based on D&B’s portfolio of training programs, IBM expressed confidence in D&B’s ability to develop a customized training program that would fit their needs.

D&B developed the training program for IBM. The final product was a 1-1/2 day, nine session program covering all the subtle nuances of managing waste related issues associated with investigation, remediation and general operations at IBM’s various groundwater remediation systems. The training program was organized into nine separate training modules including “problem solving” session and a written test.

Approximately 40 IBM staff and consultants responsible for various IBM sites in New Jersey, New York and Virginia attended two separate training seminars. D&B was subsequently retained to conduct a hazardous waste audit and develop a hazardous waste management plan for one site as a model.

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Multimedia Environmental Compliance Audit, Corrective Action Program and Environmental Management System

The Mount Sinai Medical Center (MSMC) includes The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

D&B was retained by MSMC after the Center had entered into a Facility Audit Agreement with USEPA – Region 2. The scope of  this assignment was threefold. First, the firm was charged with conducting a comprehensive multimedia environmental  compliance audit in conformance with the FAA. Secondly, once any areas of noncompliance or deficiencies were uncovered,  D&B systematically developed a corrective action plan and strategy to address the noncompliant situations. Third, the firm was  requested to assist in the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) designed not only to maintain current  compliance, but also to be responsive and flexible to changes to existing processes, operations and regulatory requirements.

The firm has subsequently been retained by MSMC to provide ongoing technical support for the Center’s environmental compliance program and to implement corrective action on an as-needed basis. The backbone of the compliance program has been a comprehensive training program developed to address ongoing compliance at various levels within the many departments at MSMC including hospital personnel, nurses, research staff, housekeeping, engineering and building services personnel. In addition, standard operating procedures were developed targeting specific areas on environmental compliance that form the basis for the training programs. Periodic audits are also conducted to ensure ongoing compliance.

The RCRA hazardous waste management program formed the cornerstone of the overall multimedia compliance training

Rochester Regional Healthcare Association / Joint Ventures Corporation

USEPA – Region 2 Hospital Environmental Compliance Initiative – Personnel Training

D&B was retained to implement a Multimedia Environmental Compliance Program at 14 hospitals and numerous affiliated off-site locations located in upstate New York. All of the healthcare facilities participating in the program were members of the Rochester Regional Healthcare Association/Joint Ventures Corporation (RRHA). In total, D&B conducted audits and provided training for over 60 individual facilities.

D&B was originally retained to assist the participating members of RRHA in implementing a self-audit program under USEPA – Region 2’s Hospital Environmental Compliance Initiative. Prior to completing the compliance audits, D&B held a two-day technical training program for the participating RRHA members of the FAA. The training was held at a central location in Rochester, New York and was open to personnel responsible for compliance with the various regulatory programs included in the FAA from each of the participating RRHA member. The training program included a summary of each of the regulatory programs, an outline of how each of the applicable regulations affects healthcare facilities, and methods and procedures for achieving compliance. Significant emphasis was placed on the manner in which hospitals and healthcare facilities could achieve compliance with RCRA, particularly given the controversy surrounding recent regulatory compliance interpretations.

D&B conducted a comprehensive multimedia environmental compliance audit of the participating RRHA members to evaluate compliance with respect to environmental statues and regulations administered by the USEPA and the NYSDEC. Subsequent to completing the compliance audits, D&B developed SOPs to be utilized by each of the participating members in achieving compliance with the program areas included in the FAA. The SOPs were focused on the regulatory programs where D&B identified non-compliant issues during performance of the compliance audits and generally contained step-bystep instructions, policies and procedures for achieving compliance with the regulations.

The SOPs were posted on a website developed by D&B and made accessible to the participating members. In addition, the website included a “Question and Answer” feature allowing the participating members to pose questions regarding the SOPs, regulatory programs and aspects of the corrective actions requiring completion. These questions were subsequently answered by D&B and posted to the website for all of the participating members to view. Finally, the website also included links to the applicable regulatory agencies, regulations, guidance documents, application forms and other pertinent environmental compliance resources, as well as a copy of the all of the training modules prepared by D&B as part of the personnel training program completed at the beginning of the project.

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Multimedia Environmental Compliance Programs

D&B was retained by the City of Yonkers to provide engineering services and technical support for Multimedia Environmental Compliance Programs. D&B is currently providing support for the following programs:

• SPCC Plans as required under the Clean Water Act 40 CFR Part 112;
• Petroleum Bulk Storage; and
• RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Program.

The firm was retained by the City of Yonkers to prepare Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans for facilities located throughout the City of Yonkers. As part of this major assignment, the firm assisted each facility with the required personnel training to ensure that the plan and all of its respective procedures and policies were properly implemented to ensure compliance with SPCC regulations.

The firm was also retained to develop and implement a hazardous waste program for the City of Yonkers. As part of this  assignment, the firm conducted detailed facility inspections at over 70 of the City of Yonkers facilities that generated solid and/ or hazardous waste that included: the Department of Public Works, Parks Department, Police Department and Fire Department facilities. The firm prepared SOPs to ensure compliance with RCRA as well as other environmental laws and regulations. The firm also provided Hazardous Waste Awareness Training based on the SOPs to the City of Yonkers employees responsible for management of hazardous waste.

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