The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Workshop committee extends its greetings to you and hopes that you, your families, colleagues, friends, and communities are as well as can be in these unsettled times.
The Committee made the unpleasant decision in 2020, and now 2021, to not hold the traditional Continuing Challenge workshop in-person in the best health interests of our greater HazMat community.
The cancellation of the in-person Continuing Challenge, and other training, means there is a void in accessing information and developing and maintaining competencies.
To help fill that void the Committee is considering providing the Annual Workshop in a series of periodic training sessions over the coming year. This year’s Workshop proposes to be comprised of live virtual meetings and classes, a library of pre-recorded trainings, and possibly a handful of “hybrid” classes combining remote instruction and where students and instructors can safely participate in various locations for demonstrations or competency verification. Delivering Workshop sessions over months and holding a concentrated number of courses during our traditional Labor Day week workshop schedule (September 7-10, 2021) allows us to offer the best possible Hazardous Materials training to the community we serve until we can meet again in person.
That is where you come into the picture. Everyone is suffering from Zoom-fatigue. Nonetheless, we are looking to conduct remote and/or hybrid training sessions in keeping with the Continuing Challenge’s philosophy of “edutainment.”
Many options exist:
- Straight live Zoom (or other platform) course delivery
- Pre-recorded Zoom sessions, with the opportunity for faculty to work with us to enhance production values and editing
- Hybrid courses that can take several forms (e.g., partially delivered remotely with an on-site component with social distancing and two way feedback) and ensure safety (we believe our faculty has ideas that can work and we are receptive to innovative approaches that provide information and develop/maintain competencies- safely).
As faculty, we are asking you: