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James Page Completes HAZWOPER Training

Dec 10, 2012

Brockington is pleased to announce that James Page, a crew chief in our Atlanta office, has successfully completed a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training course in compliance with Federal OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.120(e).  HAZWOPER training is usually obtained by workers who clean up hazardous waste sites, such as those on the EPA's National Priorities List, but it can also be an important training tool for archaeologists.

As explained in William White III's article in the Winter 2011 Society for Historic Archaeology Bulletin, titled "The Legacy of Industrialization: Archaeology at Contaminated Sites with Potentially Hazardous Artifacts," many items regularly encountered by archaeologists can also be dangerous if mishandled. Hazardous artifacts can include historic medicine vials, asbestos, and historic fragrance bottles with benzene.  Having completed an approved HAZWOPER course, Mr. Page is better able to advise Brockington archaeologists and laboratory staff in identifying and properly handling potentially toxic artifacts and materials, and when it is necessary to contact a specialist.


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