The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires specialized training for workers who may be exposed to hazardous waste materials while on the job. There are different types of Hazardous Waste and Operations Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training available. HAZWOPER 24 is the 24-hour learning program created specifically for those in workplaces designated as a HAZWOPER site under OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.120. This is a basic umbrella for those not facing an everyday hazard, although the possibility exists for exposure to chemical hazards in this working environment.
The 24 Hour HAZWOPER Course is taken online. As with any training (classroom or online) the employer is required by regulations to train the employee(s) on performance based standards for any applicable equipment. This is a 24 Hour HAZWOPER site-specific requirement and typically cannot be achieved in a regular public seminar or open enrollment class where training on a respirator(s) or PPE in general does not meet the site-specific regulatory requirement.
Professionals engaged in hazardous substance clean up who will not be exposed or that may be potentially exposed to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of 1 day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.
Plan States (approved by U.S. OSHA) must have standards at least as stringent as the Federal HAZWOPER training requirements. These Plan States may have additional training requirements.
• Describe training and other requirements for HAZWOPER workers
• Describe various types of hazardous substances
• Define toxicity and describe factors that affect it
• Describe hazardous substance labeling requirements and standards
• Describe factors associated with respiratory protection
• Describe various types of and selection criteria for personnel protective equipment
• Describe decontamination guidelines and methods
• Describe proper handling of drums and other hazardous waste containers
• Recognize results of mixing incompatible chemicals and list examples of various incompatible chemicals
Take the HAZWOPER Certification exam