Short Courses

All times are in Eastern Time
Registration for short courses will close after Friday, April 23 to allow for time for speakers to distribute materials and information on the courses. Please be sure to register before this deadline to attend a short course.


Monday, May 3

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Regulatory Programs: Facility Response Plans
Trainers: US EPA

This course describes the requirements and expectations for Facility Response Plan (FRP) plan holders and will cover: 1) Introduction and purpose of the FRP regulations, including applicability criteria; 2) Plan requirements under §112.20 and Appendices E and F plus the revised PREP guidelines, including the relationship of the FRP to the National Contingency Plan, Area Contingency Plans, and other preparedness activities conducted by USCG and DOT-PHMSA; 3) Steps in implementing an FRP and preparing for an FRP inspection and a government-initiated unannounced exercise (GIUE); and 4) Common problems observed during GIUEs and recommendations for improvement of plans.


Tuesday, May 4

8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M.
Fundamentals of Oil Spill Response
Trainers: ITOPF

The course will explore the distinctive features of oil spills and the principles of effective preparedness and response. Utilizing the unique experience and first-hand knowledge of ITOPF involvement in historic and recent case studies, our presenters will cover a variety of topics including the fundamental properties of oil in the environment, the impacts of oil spills, the techniques employed to recover spilt oil at-sea and on the shoreline, as well as command and cost recovery. Given the wide range of topics covered, this course will take place over a full day and is designed with short presentations and interactive learning opportunities in mind, to ensure the content is delivered in a digestible form for the virtual setting. This course will be taught in accord with the International Maritime Organization’s model course structure and content.

8:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M.
Oil in the Aquatic Environment: Sources, Fate, Effects, Monitoring and Response Options
Trainers: Consortium of experts

The purpose of this course is to describe key aspects related to the science behind spills of crude oils and refined petroleum substances into aquatic environments. Specifically, analytical and forensic chemistry methods, toxicological approaches and integrated models that are used to quantify fate and exposure, adverse effects and comparative risks of potential spill response options. A key objective of the course is to highlight how the complex nature and composition of oil varies and needs to be quantitatively considered for designing, conducting and interpreting laboratory and fields studies. Practical experience gained and lessons learned from experts engaged in the science of oil spills, including contingency planning and spill response decisions will be provided. This course is aimed at individuals interested in improving their understanding of the scientific principles that dictate the fate and effects of oils and spill response agents, and how scientific knowledge is used in planning and response. A full day short course will consist of several modules taught by experts in this field providing different stakeholder perspectives.

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Slow Water and Fast Water Booming Techniques
Trainers: US EPA

Course work will include boom types, boom techniques, oil characteristics, collecting oil, oil spill response strategies, alternative technologies, and disposal options. The course addresses deployment of boom on lakes or rivers; established oil recovery sites; protection of sensitive areas and shoreline with boom; operation of boats on lakes or rivers; installation of dikes, dams, and filter fences on streams; and installation of French drains and cut-off walls. After completion of the course the participants should be able to demonstrate or discuss small boat operations, various methods of boom deployment and anchoring, recovery site selection and operations, and health and safety issues relevant to oil spill response and recovery operations.


Wednesday, May 5

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.

Coastal Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT)
Trainers: OSRL, Owens Coastal Consultants, and Polaris Applied Sciences

A shoreline response usually presents the greatest challenge in terms of management and can potentially be the most expensive part of an oil spill response. As soon as the oil hits the shoreline, the amount of time, effort and resources increases. Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique (SCAT) is a well-established systematic approach which is used to document the status of oiled shorelines and their subsequent treatment recommendations (i.e. clean-up methods). This course will look at the fundamentals needed to implement and be part of a SCAT programme, from looking at the character and dynamics of coastal zones and how oil behaves on different shoreline types to managing a shoreline assessment programme and developing the most appropriate end-points. The course will provide delegates with first-hand experience in assessing a shoreline and develop an understanding of the dynamics that control oil behaviour and the physical environmental factors that determine clean-up options. The course instructors will be from Oil Spill Response Ltd, Owens Coastal Consultants, and Polaris Applied Sciences.

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule
Trainers: US EPA

The short course will provide an overview of the U.S. EPA SPCC Rule and an understanding of how the EPA implements the spill prevention program which regulates inland and certain offshore oil facilities. Individuals attending this session will gain a valuable understanding of how to comply with the federal oil spill prevention at their facilities. The course serves to provide guidance to international stakeholders on the USEPA’s approach to inland oil spill prevention. This four hour overview will cover: Storage tanks and piping; Transfer operations; Facility diagrams; Closure requirements; Yearly training; Brittle fracture evaluations; Integrity testing; Security; Secondary containment; Common problems observed during agency compliance monitoring inspections and recommendations for improvement of oil spill prevention plans. The course instructor is the national Program Manager for the EPA’s Oil Spill Prevention Program and leads the implementation of the Spill Control and Countermeasures Rule (SPCC) codified at 40 CFR part 112.


Thursday, May 6

8:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.

Safety and Health Awareness Training for Oil Spill Response and Cleanup Workers
Trainers: OSHA, NIEHS

Oil spill response and cleanup workers face potential hazards from oil byproducts, dispersants, detergents, and degreasers. Drowning, heat illness, and falls also pose potential hazards, as can encounters with insects, snakes, and other wild species native to the impacted areas. In these situations, OSHA goals include ensuring that workers receive appropriate training and personal protective equipment (PPE). This course will provide awareness level training to workers who have the potential for exposure to hazards in the course of their job duties following an oil spill. This training does NOT replace additional duty specific training or PPE specific training requirements. Regardless of work scope, many topics covered in this awareness training have corresponding OSHA standards—such standards must be met in order to safely and legally perform associated job duties.

8:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Oil Spill Response 201: Beyond the Basics
Trainers: ExxonMobil & OSRL

This course will focus on the science behind dispersants and investigate the basic considerations in the use and application of this class of spill response tools. Course participants will learn about the most up to date research from key practitioners and technical experts that relates to their real world application, chemistry, fate and effects, and ongoing global concerns around their use to respond to spills in the marine environment.

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Basic Oil Forecasting and Modeling
Trainers: NOAA, SINTEF, RPS

This course will introduce the fundamentals of oil spill transport, fate, and effects analyses using computer modeling. Applications include forecasting for spill response, hindcasting, response planning, and risk assessment in marine and inland waters. The session will introduce the basics of oil spill science as it pertains to modeling. It will then provide an overview of modeling use cases, with examples using oil spill models from RPS (previously ASA), Sintef, and NOAA. We will highlight differences in approach between offshore versus terrestrial modeling, as well as the inclusion of response activities, use in response, drills, spill response planning, environmental risk assessment, and injury (natural resource damage) assessment.

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS®)
Trainers: Polaris Applied Sciences, ARPEL, and Affiliate

This course will assist participants in the development of skills to implement the use of the ARPEL Manual and the RETOS® tool in the evaluation of OSR planning and readiness and to identify gaps, information needs and sources of improvement. ARPEL developed the Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS®) with the support of regional and international experts from the industry and government to assist governments and companies in assessing their level of oil spill response planning and readiness management in relation to commonly agreed pre-established criteria considering international Best Management Practices RETOS® is a unique management tool utilized worldwide by oil sector operators and governments in 80 countries of the 5 continents to assess gaps in their oil spill response programs -at different levels- and provides guidance and resources to bridge those gaps. The course will be useful to officers, leaders, coordinators, and managers responsible for the strategy, development and management of oil spill preparedness and response from companies and governments alike. Participants are required to have their own Contingency Plan and a computer with RETOS™ tables, Manual, and the 2008 IOSC Guide already loaded (download freely available). Course instructors will provide introductory and practical, hands-on sessions for participants, available in English and Spanish.


Friday, May 7

8:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.

Aerial Observations of Oil: For Pollution Responders
Trainers: NOAA

Pollution Responders completing this course will be able to demonstrate the use of standard terminology to effectively identify, monitor and map oil on water to support response activities using sketching, camera & GPS as well as how to plan for a successful overflight and coordinate effectively with Aircrews. While the focus of the course will be on direct visual observation from an observer, some detail will be provided on the use of remote sensing technologies such as recent developments in the use of sensor packages on unmanned aerial system (UAS) platforms.

1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.
An Introduction to the Environmental Unit (EU) for Non-EU Personnel
Trainers: NOAA, Texas GLO, Ramboll, others

An oil spill is fundamentally an environmental event, therefore, in many cases, the success of an emergency response can hinge on the strength of the Environmental Unit (EU). This course aims to educate personnel who normally fill other ICS positions about the roles and responsibilities of the EU and how they relate to other positions inside and outside of the Incident Command System (ICS); and how the EU influences decisions made throughout a response. The EU is often tasked with supporting the response effort by identifying resources at risk; managing the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) program; leading Endangered Species Act (Section 7) and National Historic Preservation Act (Section 106) Consultations, managing waste stream, and coordinating internal and external environmental stakeholder issues. This will be a discussion-based course taught by several experienced EU practitioners representing federal, state, and responsible party perspectives. The discussion will be practical, informative and lively, so come join us.

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