Join The Whale Museum for our annual “Gear Up” Workshop for marine naturalists on March 15 followed by a 2-Day (24 hour) Hazwoper Training on March 16 and 17, 2019.

Friday, March 15: “Gear Up” Workshop at the San Juan Island Grange Hall in Friday Harbor from 10 am to 4 pm.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for registration.  The theme will be oil spill response and the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Invited presenters include:

  • Donald Noviello (WDFW Oil Spill Team) on wildlife oil spill response and threat to Southern Resident Killer Whales
  • Lovel Pratt (Friends of the San Juans) on actions individuals can take and opportunities to advocate for safe shipping and oil spill prevention
  • Marla Steinhoff and Jason Lehto (NOAA's Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program [DARRP]) on assessing and restoring natural resources after oil spills, ship groundings, and hazardous releases
  • Ken Carrasco from IOSA (Islands Oil Spill Association) on IOSA and the current status of this organization
  • Brian Kirk (Washington State Department of Ecology) on oil transportation: shipping and tanker traffic in the Salish Sea

Lunch options (turkey or vegetarian) are available. A no-host reception will follow the workshop on Friday evening at Mike’s Café & Wine Bar.

Hazwoper Registration is CLOSED. Registration is completely full for the Hazwoper Training. You can be put on a waiting list by contacting However, there is no cap on the number of attendees for the Gear Up Workshop on March 15  Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17: Hazwoper Certification Training at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, starting at 8 am each day. Shawn Larson (The Whale Museum) will lead this 2-Day (24 hour) training. Hazwoper stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and is covered under OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120. The course:

  • Is for individuals who will occasionally come in contact with hazardous materials and not be involved in the cleanup operations. This class will have a focus on oiled wildlife response for those interested in participating in oiled wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Covers broad issues regarding cleanup and identification of hazardous materials. At the conclusion of this training, participants will understand how hazardous materials (including oil) are handled, identified, and human responses to exposure; learn the importance of a Health and Safety Plan; incorporate the knowledge of what to do in case of emergencies; use appropriate safety methods and controls; and recognize signs and labels that are used to alert of danger involving hazardous material.
  • Is limited to 20 participants. Eight (8) hours of online course work is required to be completed prior to March 16. You must register for this training by February 15.
  • Lunches during the Hazwoper Training will be working lunches so pre-ordered or packed lunches are strongly recommended.

Registration Fees: Members of The Whale Museum, SSAMN or the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) may select the discounted member pricing. All others, please select non-member price.

  • Gear Up Workshop: $35 non-members / $25 members.
  • Registration Closed: Hazwoper Training (2 days): $70 non-members / $50 members.
  • Lunch is pre-ordered for either or both programs for $10 per day. You may select turkey or vegetarian option. (Or, you may bring your own lunch.)
  • To register for multiple attendees, just return to this page from your cart.

We greatly want to thank the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) and the San Juan Island Grange for their generous sponsorship and support of the Hazwoper Training.


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