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Environmental Management Institute

We are the Midwest's premier nonprofit training organization for lead, asbestos, mold, EPA, OSHA, DOT, and HUD hazardous materials management training. We're a nonprofit educational corporation assisting citizens, regulators, employees, and managers to prudently manage hazardous materials, as well as a cooperating institution in the NIEHS-funded Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training.

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Abestos Training Courses
Customized Training
General OSHA Compliance Courses
HAZWOPER Courses
Housing Courses
Informational Resources
LEAD Training Courses
Hazardous Materials Training
Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Our Mission Statement

Environmental Management Institute is a nonprofit corporation providing training, information, and compliance assistance for workers, managers, regulators, and concerned citizens.

The Institute promotes the understanding and utilization of prudent chemical management practices to protect human health and the environment.

About Us

We are an Indiana nonprofit and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions of money or equipment to the Institute may be deductible from state or federal income tax to their donors. Our nonprofit filings are posted on the web at GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations.

We provide training. Each year we train over 2000 people in over 75 different courses, all of them clustered around managing hazardous materials. We are Indiana's largest asbestos and lead trainer and the largest private sector trainer for the OSHA HAZWOPER specialties, including site cleanup, chemical emergency response, and RCRA TSDF training clients. We are proud to be the Indiana training partner in the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training. This Consortium has provided premium training courses for the midwestern states since 1988, funded in part by support from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). We maintain a relationship with Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). Our president, Jack E. Leonard, edited the IHMM's textbook Managing Hazardous Materials (first edition) with the excellent assistance of Gary Robinson. Dr. Leonard has taught his review course for the CHMM examination in several states.

Our 5000-square foot facility on the west side of Indianapolis gives us an all-weather training site for doing hands-on training in heated/air-conditioned comfort. And most of our courses can be taken on the road and customized for our client's convenience.

Our mission also includes providing information and compliance assistance to a wide variety of people. Hardly a day passes without calls from clients and referrals for information.

Our RAQs (Recently Asked Questions) provide a glimpse at the types of concerns people bring to us.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to browse our site and sample our offerings.

We do provide Training That Works For People Who Work.


Our Staff

Joan B. Ketterman, Training Manager

Gregory Sauer,  Trainer / Administrator

Justin Schuller, Trainer

Jack E. Leonard, Ph.D., President (recently retired)

Contact Us

9301 East. 59th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46216


Institute phone: 317-248-4848
Direct line: 317-917-5902

Email:
Indianapolis-EMI@ivytech.edu

 

  


The Training You Need When You Need It

We Offer Courses Approved by:

  • U.S. EPA
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • U.S. OSHA
  • U.S. HUD
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management
  • Kentucky Division for Air Quality
  • American Board of Industrial Hygiene

Directions

From downtown Indianapolis:

  • Follow I-70 Eastbound to I-465 Northbound
  • Follow  I-465 Northbound to the 56th Street Exit
  • Follow 56th Street Eastbound to Post Road and turn left (north)
  • Follow Post Road to its end (at 59th Street) and turn right.
  • Proceed about 0.15 mile east to the Fairbanks Building of Ivy Tech.  We are in the right hand (West wing) ground level.

From outside of Indianapolis:

Make your way to the I-465 loop on the East side of Indy, exit at 56th Street and follow directions above.

 

 

Asbestos is known to cause human cancer. Therefore, to protect employees, building occupants, and the public, federal EPA, OSHA, DOT and most states require that if you design or conduct asbestos projects, inspect for asbestos in buildings or on structures, or package or ship asbestos-containing materials, including wastes, you must be trained. And, in many cases you must also be EPA-accredited or state-licensed.

Our asbestos courses are designed to help you protect yourself and your company while enabling you to meet these regulatory requirements. Our initial training courses all incorporate significant hands-on training and we provide valuable reference materials and job aids in every course.

Listed are all of our asbestos training courses, including both courses which can only be offered by EPA- or state-approved training course providers and courses which are designed to meet other regulatory requirements. Persons seeking state asbestos licensing must take the appropriate approved accreditation course.

General OSHA Compliance Courses
HAZWOPER Courses

"HAZWOPER" is the singularly ugly-sounding acronym for the "Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard" mandated by Congress in the 1986 "Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act."

The OSHA HAZWOPER standards (29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65) were instituted to protect employees who might be exposed to a DOT hazardous material or a biological hazard while performing three types of work:

  1. conducting cleanups at a government-recognized waste site;
  2. working at a RCRA-permitted hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF); or
  3. performing emergency response to a potential or actual release.

OSHA does not have a course approval system, contrary to what you may have heard. However, the Institute courses cover all of the elements required by 29 CFR 1910.120. In addition, the Institute is one of the programs participating in the Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training, funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, grant #ES06184), so we can offer you high quality HAZWOPER training at an attractive cost. The Consortium course materials are consistent best-sellers at the NIEHS website.

OSHA mandates that if you are continuing to do HAZWOPER refreshers, you must have an annual refresher course. For site workers and RCRA TSDF workers the requirement is 8 hours annually; for emergency response workers the time is not specified.

Housing Courses
Lead Training Courses

Lead is a well-known human health hazard. In addition to its hazards to workers, it can cause problems for the developing brains of young children that can have permanent effects. As such, training is required by federal HUD, EPA, OSHA and by most states for persons who work with lead in construction, conduct lead-based paint (LBP) projects in target housing or child-occupied facilities, inspect for LBP or assess lead hazards in target housing or child-occupied facilities.

Our lead courses are designed to help you protect yourself and your company while enabling you to meet these regulatory requirements. Our initial training courses all incorporate significant hands-on training and we provide valuable reference materials and job aids in every course.

Listed below are all of our Lead training courses, including those requiring EPA- or state-approved training course providers and courses which meet other regulatory requirements. Persons seeking state Lead licensing must take the appropriate approved certification course.

Hazardous Materials Training
Industrial Wastewater Treatment

Have You Considered the Advantages of Customized Training?

Get What You Need. We can target a course to your specific needs and procedures, and we can even help you develop those procedures. All of the courses on our website can be offered at your site, and we can tailor special courses to meet your specific training needs. Not sure how this could help? Check out a few of the recent tailored classes that we have put together for our clients.

Get It When You Need It. We can offer the course on your shift schedule and usually at your best opportunity. And you get training attendance records and certification as needed.

Get It Where You Need It. Your site or ours: We deliver quality training.

Save Money Doing It. Instead of spending travel funds, get the training you need at the lowest possible cost at a site convenient to your people.

Request Customized Course

Available areas of customized training are listed below.

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Asbestos Customized Training

Asbestos Awareness for Custodial and Maintenance Employees

Asbestos Asphaltic Pipe Wrap Worker

Asbestos Flooring Removal Supervisor

Asbestos Flooring Removal Worker

Asbestos Packings & Gasket Maintenance Worker

Asbestos Roofing Removal Supervisor

Asbestos Roofing Worker


Lead Customized Training

Lead Clearance Examiner

Lead-Safe Work Practices

Indiana Lead Rules Awareness

OSHA Lead in Construction Worker


Mold Customized Training

Mold Awareness

Mold Maintenance Worker


Recent Tailored Classes

What Can We Teach Your People?

Informational Resources

Recently Asked Questions

Asbestos

Question: A building with asbestos/asphalt/steel (galbestos) siding was involved in a fire. The siding is intact but some of the siding has friable asbestos exposed. If asbestos-trained roofing workers screw new siding onto the existing galbestos, is that regulated work?

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Question: My client has a utility tunnel with a soil floor. Due to previous (incorrect) abatement, there is a good deal of asbestos waste mixed with the soil. How can this be made safe and are licensed personnel required?

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Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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Question: I received a call from a commercial flooring contractor. What training do thon's people need to remove asbestos flooring?

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Question: I am confused. When does the EPA NESHAP standard actually require me to perform point-counting rather than ordinary PLM analysis?

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Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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Question: While sampling the plaster at a large facility I collected eighteen samples from what appeared to be a single homogeneous area. The initial results showed four low positives, but after point-counting only one sample exceeded 1%. Does my client have to treat all areas of the plaster as ACM?

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Question: We are shipping asbestos wastes in bladder bags. The U.S. DOT says our driver must have a commercial drivers license with a hazmat endorsement. Is that true?

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Question: While my crew was removing floor tile and mastic, we had a visit from the local asbestos enforcement inspector. The inspector told me that my mastic remover residues are a hazardous waste? Is thon right?

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Question: While cleaning out a remote building, we found a 5-lb can of calcium carbide in a storage area. How should we dispose of it?

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Question: I was doing a risk assessment for a HUD rehab grant. Because your trainer encouraged us to always take a soil sample, I sampled one area near the house, even though there was less than the de minimis amount of bare soil in the yard. The sample came up very high (13,900 ppm). Now what should I do?

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Question: During a lead inspection I checked the painted parking lot stripes and found high lead levels. Was I required to check this and what should I do with the information?

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