To the extent that hazardous waste training requirements are a barrier to maintaining sufficient numbers of trained staff, the spill office should continue to clarify with Cal/OSHA whether reduced requirements for hazardous waste training are acceptable for volunteers assisting on recovery teams, and should consider working with the wildlife network to ensure that this training is widely available to potential volunteers before a spill.
Cal/OSHA responded to the spill offices questions about the level of hazardous waste training necessary for wildlife rescue volunteers. Cal/OSHA indicated that the hazardous waste training could not be reduced from the level currently required, but that untrained volunteers could be used in support roles for wildlife rescue efforts. (2010-406, p. 196)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.