The Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Center is the U.S. Department of Energy’s premier hands-on, health, safety, and emergency response training center and is operated by Mission Support Alliance, LLC.
The Volpentest HAMMER Federal Training Center (HAMMER) is the central health, safety and emergency response training center delivering high-retention, realistic training to Hanford Site workers. In addition to many specialized courses, HAMMER provides the Site-wide standard training for the workforce reinforcing consistent training across the Hanford Site. The need for consistent high-value training becomes even more important as Hanford addresses challenges including a new generation of workers and a shift in operational pace and culture at Hanford. It is vital to have standardized, effective hands-on safety training to maintain a safe workplace.
The HAMMER Campus
HAMMER’s 88-acre campus is comprised of classrooms, specialty training areas, and life-size training props for conducting industrial, workplace, emergency response, incident command, and hazardous material scenarios. HAMMER’s signature motto, “Training as Real as it Gets,” is embodied in many realistic training props and the ability to replicate real work scenarios in a training setting. HAMMER’s props allow students to safely train in a realistic but controlled environment.
Built to support the complex work and projects at Hanford, the facility has space available for developing mock-ups, testing equipment through field trials, and implementing training programs. Support services include a safety library, training records and subject matter experts.
HAMMER collaborates closely with the Hanford Site workforce to develop and deliver standardized safety training in the following critical areas:
- Beryllium contamination
- Working in confined spaces
- Electrical safety
- Fall protection
- Radiological safety training
- Hoisting and rigging
- Hanford General Employee Training
- Respiratory protection
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
- Facility or equipment lockout/tagout procedures