Arthur Cordes – What is HASP?

Arthur Cordes retired as an ex-United States Marine Corps sniper in 1993 after spending ten years of his life serving his country. Arthur Cordes currently works as a Site Superintendent and has been in the hazardous waste removal and emergency response industry for two decades. He has eighteen years’ experience working in the USEPA ERRS and USACE programs as superintendent and foreman across several USEPA regions.

During the two decades he has worked in the hazardous waste removal and emergency response industry, Arthur Cordes has implemented work and waste management plans including Health and Safety Plans (HASP). The main objective of the USEPA Health and Safety Plan (HASP) is to ensure that all work carried out in the process of waste site cleanup and extraction is done in accordance with health and safety regulations, with awareness and consideration of possible risks. The HASP seeks to conduct all cleanup and waste removal projects without any injury and impairment to human health.

Arthur Cordes has worked on various hazardous waste removal projects and has always implemented a HASP. In developing a HASP for a project or site, an explicit hazard assessment has to be carried out to categorize and assess any and all possible risks. For example, working with falling rocks hazard sites in canyons, a HASP should take into consideration not just falling rocks, but also animals and snakes, including other human hazards. The HASP should contain comprehensive information, including anticipated costs for each activity.

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