HAZWOPER Definition


What is the definition of HAZWOPER? 

HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.

HAZWOPER represents a set of guidelines that are produced and maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This organization regulates hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the U.S. and its territories. HAZWOPER regulations assist workers in the safe and proper handling, storage, transportation, cleanup, disposal and other responsibilities of working with hazardous materials.


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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 laid the foundation for HAZWOPER regulations and training. New guidelines were created in 1984 amid a joint effort by OSHA and the EPA. HAZWOPER rules and regulations have continued to update over the years according to changes in technology and information.  

Understanding HAZWOPER

What Is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste can take the form of gas, liquid, or solid. These materials have properties that are potentially dangerous or harmful to people or the environment. Hazardous waste can be generated by many different sources including trash disposal sites, mining sites, laboratories, mineral processing sites, agricultural facilities and more. 

Who Needs HAZWOPER Training?

HAZWOPER training is typically required for employees who are expected to be working with or around hazardous materials. Types and amounts of training vary depending on one’s role and responsibilities, but generally includes any workers involved in the clean-up, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste along with workers involved in the emergency response to hazardous material spills and employees who work at job sites where exposure to hazardous materials is possible. 

How Do You Become HAZWOPER Certified?

HAZWOPER training may be completed through the online courses provided by National Environmental Trainers (NET). There are several different HAZWOPER courses available, each with their own requirements. For example, someone who will be working at a hazardous waste site for the first time will need to complete the 40-hour HAZWOPER training course while an employee who just needs to freshen up their skills can take the 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher course

Learn more about the type of HAZWOPER training you may need for your job.

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You don’t need any special software to complete HAZWOPER training and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Log in and out as needed so you can complete your training according to your own schedule. Courses may be taken on either a group or individual basis. 

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