$295 Member/$345 Non-Member

EHS professionals are frequently asked to measure indoor surface contamination in order to evaluate worker exposure, verify controls, or determine whether a structure is clean after the use of hazardous materials. There is little regulatory guidance to determine how clean is clean. OSHA regulations require areas to be as free as practicable of removable contamination.

Recorded in June 2020, this PDC will l: 1) discuss several commonly used approaches for evaluating indoor contamination; 2) evaluate their strengths and weaknesses; and 3) provide EHS professionals with the tools to select a method appropriate for their project or situation.

Course outline

  • Introduction to Surface Contamination Issues
  • Surface Contamination Scenarios
  • Group Discussion/Exercise 1
  • Approaches to Evaluating Surface Contamination
  • Review of Regulatory Issues
  • Group Discussion/Exercise 2
  • Hazardous Waste Issues
  • Sampling and Sampling Strategy
  • Report Writing and Documentation
  • Group Discussion/Exercise 3

Course outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe a facility decontamination process.
  • Establish cleanup levels and prepare a work plan.
  • Develop an appropriate sampling strategy.
  • Evaluate decontamination activities.

Who will benefit

Practicing IHs who want to incorporate the evaluation of surface contamination into their practice.

Time to complete

Participants will have 90 days from the date of purchase to view the session recordings and submit the online evaluation for credit.


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James Kapin, CIH

James Kapin has over 25 years of experience providing health, safety and environmental consulting and regulatory compliance services. Mr. Kapin is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) whose specialties include exposure assessment, safety and environmental program management, hazardous materials management, microbial and moisture consulting, indoor air quality, OSHA, Cal/OSHA, EPA, Cal/EPA compliance as well as expert witness testimony.