University of Minnesota



Upcoming Trainings

Long-term impact and public health response after the Lac-Mégantic oil train tragedy
Apr 20 @ 9:45 pm – 11:15 pm

On July 6, 2013, a train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Canada, causing 47 deaths, the destruction of 44 buildings, an evacuation of 2,000 people, and a catastrophic oil spill. How do we prepare for and prevent these tragedies?

This event will highlight current issues in public health, resiliency and disaster response planning and address preventive safety measures for high-hazard freight trains.

Refreshments @ 4:45 p.m.
Presentation @ 5:15 p.m.


Please RSVP by April 13, 2018 if you are attending.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking at Wilder Foundation Center is free. Visitor parking spaces are marked in the parking ramp that is adjacent to the building. The Lexington Green Line light rail stop is just across the street on University/Lexington.

Participants are eligible for continuing education certificate.


Dr. Mélissa Généreux
Université de Sherbrooke, Quebec

Mélissa Généreux M.D. M.SC., F.R.C.P.C was the Chief Public Health Officer for Quebec’s Eastern Townships responding to the event. Her ongoing research on the long-term response to the Lac-Megantic tragedy, as well as its broader public health and community mental health implications, informs global response and resilience to disasters.

Dr. Généreux will be speaking in partnership with Citizens Acting for Rail Safety – Twin Cities (CARS-TC) and William Toscano, PhD, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences.



IN PERSON: 8 Hour Waste Site Worker Refresher
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

COST: $210

This course is designed to meet the OSHA requirement for annual refresher training for individuals who have previously completed the 24- or 40-hour Safety and Health Training.

Topics include: incident review, hazard recognition/evaluation/control review, health and safety program requirements and regulations, monitoring equipment, respiratory protection, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment.

This course offers 7 Continuing Education Hours.

This is an in person course.


IN PERSON: 40 Hour Emergency Response Technician
Oct 14 @ 8:00 am – Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm

COST: $460 for 40-hour completion. This is a separate course fee from the 24-hour training and includes all materials and equipment.

The total combined cost for the initial 24-hour and the 40-hour completion is $870.

The University of Minnesota offers 2-day in-person 40-hour technician level hazardous materials completion for participants who have completed initial Operations Level hazardous materials training as defined under 29CFR1910.120.

To be admitted to a 40-hour completion course at UMN, participants MUST provide the following information to the UMN hazmat program before registering:

  • Name of course provider/training institution where operations training was completed.
  • Copy of training course objectives/agenda
  • Certificate of completion with trainee’s name, that is no more than 18 months old.

Following review of the above, participants may register for the 40-hr completion course. Documentation MUST be provided to UMN before participants can register for the completion course. There are no exceptions to this policy.

This 16 hour in-person course of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience builds upon the 24 hour course (a prerequisite for participating in this completion course). The Technician Level course is designed to provide training required by OSHA 1910.120 to respond to releases with the purpose of stopping the release.

Topics include: implementation of emergency response plans, classification and identification of unknowns, field survey instruments, response tactics, hazardous materials technology, decontamination of personnel and equipment.

This course offers 16 Continuing Education Hours. 40 total hours when both the required courses are completed. The 24-hour course is a pre-requisite.

NOTE: All participants in the 40-hour course are required to have a physician complete a medical evaluation and clearance form prior to the course.