What is Hands-on Training for 24 Hour and 40 Hour HAZWOPER?
OSHA has stated in many interpretation letters that 40 hour and 24 hour sessions require site-specific hands-on learning on the actual PPE that an employee will be using in their job. Site-specific means just that. The training cannot be done with generic PPE, but must be done with the actual equipment in order to fully meet the OSHA regulations. The OSHA training requirements for these courses are listed below.
- A minimum of 24 or 40 hours of offsite instruction
- Site-specific training on the actual PPE (a public seminar with people from different job sites cannot fulfill this requirement)
- Either 1 or 3 days of training under the direction of a qualified supervisor
- Medical physical exam conducted by a fully licensed physician--the physical must also include a pulmonary function test of the lungs
- Appropriate annual refresher training must be performed in order to maintain the certification status