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Hazardous waste training and resources

Hennepin County offers training, tips, templates and resources to help hazardous waste generators achieve compliance with hazardous waste regulations.

 
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The online training for hazardous waste generators is designed to give a general overview of the hazardous waste regulations for all size generators. There is an option to print the slides for each step before you review them.

Training courses

The training courses are broken into six steps. Click the links below to launch the course. After each course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print for your records. The trainings operate best in either Chrome or Safari browsers.

Important: To save a certificate, click the printer icon and “Save as PDF”. This ensures the date on the certificate is accurate.

Introduction (approx. 7 min.)

Step 1: Evaluate your waste and determine your generator size (approx. 34 min.)

Step 2: Notification and licensing (approx. 13 min.)

Step 3: Storage (approx. 34 min.)

Step 4: Transport and disposal (approx. 35 min.)

Step 5A: Emergency prevention planning and training (for all sizes) (approx. 14 min.)

Step 5B: Emergency prevention planning and training (SQG & LQG requirements) (approx. 25 min.)

Training resources

Resource links are sorted by training step and may be referenced within the courses.

Introduction

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5a

Step 5b

If you would like to provide feedback on the training, please email diane.maltby@hennepin.us.

The generator newsletter is sent to hazardous waste generators in Hennepin County twice a year. The newsletter includes tips on hazardous waste management, disposal information, enforcement and no violation summaries and information about additional resources.

Fall 2021 issue

Read the fall 2021 newsletter

  • 2022 license renewal
  • Hazardous waste license fees
  • Inspection and enforcement outcomes
  • Hazardous waste ID (HWID) updates
  • Safer degreasing products
  • Changes in pharmaceutical waste management
  • Dental clinics using stain and tartar remover
  • Nationwide capacity issues for hazardous waste incineration
  • 2021 MnTAP intern project symposium
  • Grants for waste reduction, prevention, and reuse

Spring 2021 issue

Read the spring 2021 newsletter

  • Hazardous waste licensing invoices
  • E-manifest (RCRAInfo) registration and access
  • Download and print your license
  • Updated virtual training opportunities for hazardous waste management
  • Inspection and enforcement outcomes
  • PERC ban bill signed by Governor
  • Grants for deconstruction to salvage building materials

Fall 2020 issue

Read the fall 2020 newsletter

  • MDA waste pesticide collection event
  • Resuming onsite inspections during the pandemic
  • Generators impacted by civil unrest in Hennepin County
  • MPCA updates about COVID-19
  • 2021 license renewal
  • Inspection outcomes
  • New portal feature - portal inspection letters and compliance orders
  • Updated storage tank requirements
  • Hazardous waste management and flooding
  • 2020 MnTAP intern project symposium
  • Hazardous Waste Identification Number - make sure your facility is up to date
  • Loan programs for small businesses affected by COVID-19
  • Updates around TCE

Templates

Hazardous waste generators are required to keep documentation of certain activities, which will be reviewed during hazardous waste inspections. The following templates can help you keep proper documentation.

Templates for small quantity generators

Small quantity generators (SQGs) can use the following templates to meet the requirements for each rule.

  • Telephone posting (PDF)
    Use this template to gather information you are required to post next to a telephone for emergency situations.
  • Training form (PDF)
    Use this template to track required training. SQGs must train all employees that have hazardous waste management duties to ensure that these employees are familiar with proper hazardous waste management and emergency response procedures relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies.

Fact sheets

  • Empty Container Fact Sheet (PDF)
    Just about every business uses containers to store chemical products, raw materials or wastes. Read this fact sheet to learn how to protect human health and the environment by properly managing containers.
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