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SITE CHARACTERIZATION. OSHA 1910.120 HAZWOPER. PURPOSE: PROVIDES THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO IDENTIFY SITE HAZARDS AND TO SELECT WORKER PROTECTION METHODS. GOAL: OBTAIN ACCURATE, DETAILED , AND COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION TO TAILOR THE PROTECTIVE MEASURES TO THE ACTUAL

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site characterization

SITE CHARACTERIZATION

OSHA 1910.120

HAZWOPER

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PURPOSE:

PROVIDES THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO

IDENTIFY SITE HAZARDS AND TO SELECT

WORKER PROTECTION METHODS.

GOAL:

OBTAIN ACCURATE, DETAILED, AND

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION TO TAILOR

THE PROTECTIVE MEASURES TO THE ACTUAL

POTENTIAL HAZARDS AT THE SITE.

responsibilities
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Incident Commander, Supervisor, Project Manager, with support from:
    • Chemist
    • Industrial Hygienists
    • Geologists
    • Safety Personnel
    • Toxicologists
three phases of site characterization
Three Phases of Site Characterization
  • Offsite characterization prior to site entry.
  • Onsite Survey
  • Ongoing Characterization
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GOAL
  • Gather as much information as possible so hazards are evaluated and preliminary site controls and personal protection measure are established:
    • Focus on potential inhalation hazards, IDLH situations or other dangerous situations such as:
      • Explosive/Flammable Situations
      • Extremely Hazardous Situations
      • Dead animals, Dead Vegetation, Discolored Soils
two methods to obtain information
Two Methods To Obtain Information
  • Interviews/Records Review
  • Perimeter Reconnaissance
onsite survey
ONSITE SURVEY
  • Look, feel, listen, smell.
  • Use BUDDY system.
  • Note types of containers, impoundment or storage systems.
  • Note Condition of Containers.
  • Note Physical Condition of the Materials.
  • Identify Natural Wind Barriers & Wind Direction.
  • Determine Potential Pathways or Dispersion.
onsite survey continued
ONSITE SURVEY, continued
  • Collect Samples.
  • Use Remote Sensing Equipment if Warranted.
  • Note any Safety Hazards.
  • Identify Reactive, Incompatible, Flammable, or Highly Corrosive Wastes.
  • Note Tags, Labels, Markings or other Identifying Markers.
document information gathered
DOCUMENT INFORMATION GATHERED
  • Ensures Accurate Communication.
  • Ensures Data Quality.
  • Documents Rationale for Protective Measures.
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