Backhaul Alaska trainings are carried out throughout the year. A variety of trainings are offered, including 4-day “full” boot camp offerings that satisfy all Community Backhaul Team training requirements, as well as 2- and 3-day trainings that satisfy some of the requirements. They are held in Anchorage and in regional hubs throughout the state.
Trainings are open to any individual sent by their tribe or city, who is, or will be, responsible for backhauling community hazardous wastes. Where indicated, priority is given to Backhaul Team staff from enrolled Pilot Program communities.
Like so many programs, Backhaul Alaska is impacted by the pandemic. The rural isolated villages we serve are considered high-risk due the absence of primary health care. All non-essential travel is heavily restricted by the state, and often banned locally by the communities themselves.
All planned trainings have been placed on hold through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. We will be updating this page regularly to apprise interested parties on training plans.
During this time, Backhaul Alaska is working to convert its training content to a distance learning platform to the extent possible. In doing so, we note that rural Alaska communities face multiple challenges, extending to their broadband service. In addition to planning for live video, we are exploring multiple training alternatives to accommodate the many communities and trainees lacking adequate internet, including recorded video, phone conferencing, and postal mail.
A key element of the Backhaul Alaska program is the required comprehensive Uniform Backhaul Training that must be taken by anyone in the program. Anyone that is preparing and packaging materials through the program, must have Certified Signer status which is given after full completion of the Uniform Backhaul Training.
A “full” Backhaul Alaska training is taught over 4 days. It follows a curriculum that was developed by an expert group of transporters and recyclers involved in backhaul in Alaska. The curriculum is also approved by US Department of Transportation. University of Alaska, Fairbanks credits are also given upon completion.
Included within the full trainings is OSHA 10 hr Construction Safety certification, and DOT HMR General Awareness, Function Specific, and Safety Training. Trainees complete DOT Security Awareness online and submit their certification to the Program prior to beginning backhaul activities. In addition to classroom work that covers such topics as recordkeeping, loading, required forms, and management of a community collection point, two afternoons are devoted to function specific training and testing (packaging requirements for lead acid batteries, electronic waste, and fluorescent lights.
Additional topics covered include: