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LEA Video Library

The following videos are available for local enforcement agencies (LEA) to check out. Please use the convenient online checkout form.

Asbestos Containing Waste Training (1995) (approx. 1.5 hours): A presentation on what asbestos is, friability, sampling, and personal protective equipment.

Asbestos Regulations Orientation (1997) (approx. 1 hour): A review of Title 27, Division 7, Chapter 3.5: Standards for Handling and Disposal of Asbestos Containing Waste.

The Basics of Landfill Safety (12 minutes): Describes why safety is important and safety laws, when safety starts, safety checklist, hotspots, equipment and personal protective equipment.

The Basics of Spotter Safety (9 minutes): This video describes the spotter's job which includes public relations, law and order, discipline and communication.

The Basics of Transfer Station Safety (15 minutes): This video asks "when does safety start?" It also includes information on speed limits, dust control, controlled access, signs, scavenging, unloading area, equipment safety and personal protective equipment.

Clandestine Drug Labs-The Problem, The Dangers, The Future (1998) (25 minutes). This video is a comprehensive view of manufacturing illegal drugs in the U.S. and how responders tackle the dangerous challenges of dealing with the disposal of hazardous chemicals, contaminated equipment and resulting waste.

Compliance First: Evaluation of Solid Waste Facilities State Standards (2005) (approx. 90 minutes): This video is from a training course offered throughout the state by the CIWMB (now CalRecycle) in the fall of 2005. The scope of the training focused on frequently violated state minimum standards. Facility types included in this training were: landfills, transfer stations, composting facilities and operations, chip and grind operations, and construction, demolition and inert debris (CDI) operations. The course included examples of violations, areas of concern and compliance with the most violated minimum standards.

Development of Closed Sanitary Landfills Seminar (approx. 4 hours): This video includes presentations on: design components, foundations and settlement, postclosure case studies, landfill containment systems and how these systems affect postclosure land use, settlement, compaction, infrastructure and settlement, landfill gas, health and safety and the formal closure plan process for operating sites.

Emergency Response: Controlling Landfill Fires (10 minutes): This video includes information on controlling panic, tips for fighting fires, safety and the most effective ways to extinguish a fire.

Emergency Response: Preventing Landfill Fires (11 minutes): Information on preventing fires, preparing for them, controlling them and their causes.

Equipment Safety: General Issues (9 minutes): Includes information on maintenance, walk-around inspection checklist, training, operation and parking.

General Dozer Safety (12 minutes): This video includes information on pre-trip inspections, mounting and dismounting, starting, working around others, pushing, speed and working on slopes and the tipping pad.

Handling Difficult Loads (9 minutes): This video includes information on types of loads, and difficulties such as slow unloading, mixing vehicles, bulky materials, unstable vehicles, tire damage, dusty loads and litter loads.

Introduction to Landfill Operations (1996) (12 minutes). This video provides a basic understanding and overview of how landfill operations process and reduce waste.

Landfill Inspection Techniques (24 minutes): This video demonstrates what constitutes a thorough inspection and how to use field equipment.

LEA/CIWMB Conference:

  • 2007 Conference-Netting Success and Anchoring Alliances* (2-DVD set; 3 hours, 54 minutes): This conference proved to be an outstanding event that succeeded in providing a host of interesting topics for Board staff, local enforcement agencies, tire grantees, and for the first time, to solid waste facility operators. The sessions in the video include welcoming remarks, global warming and climate change, land use and communicating effectively. Please see the program agenda for more information on the interesting session presentations and knowledgeable speakers who shared their enthusiasm, experience, and knowledge in the work they do.

Load-Checking* (2007) (3-DVD set; 3 hours, 57 minutes): This class provided information on the implementation of hazardous and prohibited waste load-checking programs at solid waste disposal facilities. The topics covered included:

  • Fundamental concepts of a load-checking program
  • Regulations related to load-checking at solid waste facilities
  • The types of wastes that are prohibited from disposal and should be looked for in a load checking program.
  • Methods for identifying prohibited or hazardous wastes
  • Basic health and safety practices and emergency procedures
  • Specific waste handling and storage procedures
  • Record keeping

The class also included several successful case studies from both local enforcement agencies (LEA) and operators. The operators described their hazardous waste exclusion programs, and LEAs described programs they have developed to work with operators to prevent receipt of prohibited wastes.

Managing Conflict Productively* (2008) (1 hour, 43 minutes): This one-day class focused on the productive management of conflict for LEAs and CIWMB staff who are often involved in complex negotiations with operators and other regulatory agencies, often with a variety of interests. Management of conflict is vital in this environment. During the class, concepts for understanding conflict and tools to manage conflict were covered and practiced using representative LEA and CIWMB customized scenarios. Topics included: conflict escalation and de-escalation, the role of perception, negotiation interests and positions, conflict management approaches, and communication tools to manage conflict.

Planning for Informational Meetings* (2007) (3 DVD set; 3 hours, 33 minutes): In January and February 2007, the CIWMB offered this class to LEAs, solid waste facility operators, and CIWMB staff. This class provided participants with the requirements for public notices and informational meetings as prescribed in the regulations based upon Assembly Bill 1497 (Montanez), Chapter 823, Statutes of 2003. The training provided attendees with tips, examples, resources, and group exercises to demonstrate how to prepare and manage public meetings. Instructors discussed the steps required to prepare for a public informational meeting, such as:

  • The initial step of assembling a team.
  • Researching demographics.
  • Preparing a frequently asked questions (FAQ) list.
  • Developing a public notice.
  • Practical methods used to manage difficult people and situations.

Lecture combined with small group exercises provided LEAs, operators, and CIWMB staff the opportunity to network and brainstorm other strategies to use when faced with planning an informational public meeting on a controversial issue.

Solid Waste Permit Process and CEQA Refresher Training (2008) (2-DVD set; 2 hours): This 2-day training highlighted the solid waste facility permit process with emphasis on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) linkages on the Board’s website and was offered to LEAs, Board staff, operators, planners and consultants. The training was done in partnership with volunteers from various county environmental health LEAs and CIWMB staff using PowerPoint presentations and group activities to engage the audience and provide an interesting and informational training.

Disclaimer: The CEQA training was conducted almost exclusively using group exercises. The group exercises did not get video recorded. Therefore, this video training does not provide detailed training on CEQA. References provided in this training for CEQA include:

  • California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES)--an information system developed by the California Natural Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments.
  • A compact disc (CD) with the 2008 CEQA & Solid Waste Facility Permit Process Training Manual & Appendices was provided to all participants. If you would like to receive a copy of this CD, please contact the CA Integrated Waste Management Board, LEA Support Services at 916-341-6400.

Spotter Safety: Communicating with Drivers (10 minutes): This video includes information on verbal and non-verbal communication, communicating at the tipping pad, spotter safety and uniforms.

State Minimum Standards* (2007) (4-DVD set from a 2-day class): The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) offered nine two-day State Minimum Standards (SMS) training classes to LEAs, Board staff, site operators and other interested parties. These classes provided a forum to discuss and improve mutual understanding of solid waste issues. The class covered landfill standards including intermediate and daily cover, alternative daily cover, litter control, site maintenance, vector and bird control, grading of fill surfaces, drainage and erosion control, records, hazardous waste requirements, landfill gas requirements and training requirements. Compost related topics included leachate control, fire, vectors, sampling, odors, records, special occurrences logs, and Odor Impact Minimization Plans. Compliance at transfer stations and construction demolition and inert debris facilities were reviewed including cleaning, litter control, maintenance program, dust control, load checking, vector control and storage time restrictions.

State Minimum Standards Workshop (1997) (approx. 3 hours): A workshop sponsored by the CIWMB and the CCDEH. Includes a discussion of the new AB 1220 changes and Title 27. Also includes slides of sites, how the Board has historically reviewed and evaluated state minimum standards, a case study of drainage and erosion control, not properly preparing for winter, good winterization, alternative daily cover, how to interpret and apply the standards, comparison of pre- and post-AB 1220 standards and what is a violation and what is an area of concern.

Traffic Safety: Road Design (12 minutes): This video includes information on communication, organization and layout, unloading area and signs.

Water Treatment Plant Security & Safety (26 minutes). This video serves to demonstrate safety and security procedures necessary to provide a safe working place for operators, employees and visitors while onsite at water treatment plants.

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Last updated: July 23, 2010
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Melissa Parker: (916) 341-6398