Volpentest HAMMER is managed and operated by Mission Support Alliance (MSA) for the U.S. Department of Energy. HAMMER specializes in blended learning that sticks:
- Distance Learning
- Classroom Instruction
HAMMER was dedicated to, its founder, the late Sam Volpentest. HAMMER stands for Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response. Since the doors to the new facility were first opened in September 1997, HAMMER has played an integral role preparing workers and emergency responders for high-risk tasks and the use of new technologies.
HAMMER is located north of Richland, Washington at 2890 Horn Rapids Road; just east of Highway 240 and the Horn Rapids Golf Course. Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick are known as the Tri-cities. The Tri-Cities Regional Airport is located in Pasco, Washington. Tri-Cities lodging accommodations are easily located through the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau.
TRIDEC Executive Vice President Sam Volpentest adopted their dream of a world-class training facility and made it happen by convincing Congress and the Department of Energy that hands-on training was needed to protect the safety and lives of workers and emergency responders.
In 1994, Congress appropriated funds to begin operations in a temporary facility and initiate construction of the HAMMER Training Center. Upon completion of construction in September 1997, HAMMER was officially dedicated the Volpentest HAMMER Training and Education Center in honor of Sam's tenacity, skills and selfless commitment.
|The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) promotes effective worksite-based safety and health through cooperative relationships between labor and management. VPP Star status is the Department of Energy's and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's highest safety and health recognition. The HAMMER/Hanford Training organization achieved Star Status in 2002 and was recertified in 2005. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 HAMMER was awarded the VPP Star of Excellence award for consistently achieving injury and illness rates 75 percent better than the industry standard. HAMMER received the Legacy of Stars award in 2007.|