Per Federal law (40 CFR 256, specifically 256.16(c)) and due to the fact that Florida Tech is classified as a Large Quantity Generator of Hazardous Waste every person (Faculty, Staff and Student Worker*) who works around or with chemicals or around or near EPA classified Hazardous Wastes must be trained in the handling of Hazardous Wastes. This is often referred to as RCRA training after the name of the Law; “Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.” No new hire of any sort (Faculty, Staff or Student) may work unsupervised until the individual completes such training.
Non-compliance may result in significant Civil penalties to the individual & the University. All professional liability insurance (both University & personal) does NOT cover such claims and the individual may be held separately liable for such violations. Willful or repeat violations may be subject to both Civil & Criminal penalty to both the individual and University.
Florida Tech is and has been subject to inspection (both scheduled & surprise) by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to enforce this and related statutes for Federal EPA.
Florida Tech is making every effort to aid its Faculty, Staff and Students in compliance with this regulation. We now provide two FREE options where FIT affiliated individuals may satisfy the requirements of this Federal Law. Described below are both classroom & online options that are open and tailored to all Florida Tech personnel. Of course, you may choose to attend a RCRA training course from the host of providers outside the university at your convenience and your expense. We simply require proof of your training on an annual basis from you if you choose an outside provider. Please contact Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) at 321-674-7715. We handle this process at the Trainings we provide.
To protect you and the university your training records are being recorded in our Banner database system. Banner will provide you with reminders in the future of your need to retrain, as long as we know you are subject to this regulation.
To be announced.
(FREE – FIT Affiliates)
The Florida Tech Continuing Education Department now provides our online RCRA Training.
To register for the online Hazardous Waste ( RCRA) Training course: Please Click Here
*Please Note: The User ID and Password will be used to access your online Hazardous Waste Training course.
Once you have completed your course registration you will receive a confirmation email. The confirmation email will provide instructions on how to get started and access your course materials. If your registration has been completed and you do not receive an email within one business day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of FIT System Options:
(At Individual’s Expense)
There are many outside providers of this training. Here are examples:
*Students attending class and working with chemicals & hazardous wastes are not subject to this statute, but ANY supervisor of said class (student or otherwise) is subject to the statute. Students who are not employed by the University are not subject to his statute; however, it has been ruled that students who are given oversight responsibilities of chemical & hazardous wastes are considered defacto employees of a school.