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Training Approach

EAST Centers of NY’s (EAST) training approach involves a blend of classroom lectures, PowerPoint and video presentations, equipment demonstrations, and practical hands-on activities. Following this theoretical grounding, students are presented with several life-like scenarios in which to apply skills learned during the course. These hands-on training and practice sessions are essential elements of any complete training program. The opportunity to use newly acquired skills in practical situations reinforces lecture and classroom lessons and promotes a more thorough understanding of the subject matter.


In matters dealing with worker and public health and safety, the need to ensure an in-depth understanding of the proper techniques is critical. It is for this purpose that our programs integrate hands-on sessions whenever possible, including realistic situations developed to challenge students' thinking and analytical skills. It is the experience of the course instructors that such scenarios play an important role in how well students will retain and apply lessons learned.


Hands-on sessions during certain courses may include the following topics, depending on the course requirements:

  • Health And Safety Planning

  • Work Area Preparation

  • Environmental Surveillance Instrumentation

  • Abatement Techniques

  • Respiratory Protection, Including Air Purifying Respirators and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • Other Personal Protective Equipment

  • Personal Monitoring Techniques

  • Decontamination Procedures

  • Environmental Sampling Techniques

  • Confined-Space Entry

  • Emergency Response Operation

  • Hazard Communication

Students are quizzed on a daily basis to assure their understanding of the material presented. At the conclusion of the course, students may be given a final exam or quiz, dependent upon the course.

A comprehensive, yet easy to read text is supplied to each course participant. The course texts have been specifically designed by EAST to provide up-to-date guidance in the administration, management and field application of respiratory protection, medical monitoring, and protective clothing programs, as well as detailed information on work area preparation, air monitoring requirements, abatement project notifications, waste handling, OSHA compliance, and other topics.


All Asbestos textbooks are designed by EAST. Included with the text is a complete copy of the NYS Industrial Code Rule 56, with additional regulations and references from the USEPA, OSHA, and NIOSH.

Texts supplied to each 40-hour HAZWOPER course participant include the DOT Emergency Response Guide Book, a comprehensive manual including extensive reference materials from the USEPA, OSHA, and NIOSH and other sources as well as original material prepared by EAST. The manual is specifically designed to provide guidance in the administration and management of respiratory protection, medical monitoring, and protective clothing programs, as well as detailed information on health and safety planning and enforcement, OSHA compliance, and other pertinent topics.


EAST offers a variety of training schedules to meet the needs of our clientele. Courses can be held during weekdays, evenings, or on the weekends to meet the work schedules of your staff.

EAST also offers the EPA/HUD Renovation Repair and Painting Training, various Asbestos Initial and Refresher program, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, as well as the OSHA 10-hour Outreach General Construction Safety Courses.

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