Online Training Featuring the HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator®
- NET’s OSHA-accepted HAZWOPER training features the HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator®, which provides realistic simulations of protective equipment procedures and decontamination processes.
- The 40-hour HAZWOPER online training features 81 interactive modules with high-definition videos, realistic scenarios, self-grading quizzes, and a final exam.
- The OSHA 40-hour certification counts as continuing education units (CEUs). This course has been awarded 6.68 Industrial Hygiene CM Points by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) — approval number 13334. This course is eligible for 4 Continuance of Certification (COC) points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
- HAZWOPER On Mobile allows you to take the course on any device or across multiple devices.
- You may log in and out at your convenience. Our system tracks your sessions so that you start at the previous stopping point in both content and study time.
- A study timer shows how much time you have accrued in the course as you train. Support is available throughout your training.
- You will receive a certificate of completion accepted by regulatory agencies and a wallet card.
Each module of the NET online 40-hour HAZWOPER course has a self-graded quiz. You can take the final exam when you reach the minimum required study time and complete all the training modules. You must score 70% or higher on the final exam to be certified. You may retake the exam.
You’ll have one year from the time of registration to complete the course.
We also offer the added assurance that our 40-hour HAZWOPER course complies with OSHA regulations. We have an interpretation letter from the U.S. OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs in Washington D.C., accepting our HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator.
After completing NET’s online 40-hour HAZWOPER training, you will:
- Be certified as a HAZWOPER 40 General Site Worker, meeting requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and other applicable regulations.
- Understand hazardous substances and materials, workplace risks, and the health effects of hazardous materials to the human body (toxicology).
- Know the various regulations and statutes relating to HAZWOPER operations and the limitations of the various levels of certifications.
- Be able to minimize risks from hazardous materials.
- Know how to prepare a site safety and health plan and a job hazard analysis.
- Be able to identify hazardous substances, including the use of the Department of Transportation (DOT) labeling system, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 placard system, Hazardous Materials Information System (HMIS), container profiles, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
- Know how to select and use (don and doff) proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including Level A, B, C and D protection using our HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator®.
- Understand basic hazardous materials terminology such as vapor density, specific gravity, pH, TLV/TWA, PEL, STEL, IDLH, flammability range, L.E.L./U.E.L., combustible, flammable, flash point, and auto-ignition temperature.
- Understand the concepts of decontamination and their importance in hazardous materials operations.
- Know how to enter confined spaces and ensure safety during operations in these spaces.
- Know the methods to contain and control spills at work sites.
- For a complete list of all topics covered in this course please go to full table of contents.
Physical and On Site Requirements
To become HAZWOPER 40 certified, you must be physically able to wear a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and a fully-encapsulating suit — either Level A or Level B PPE. The weight of these suits varies but are typically 30 to 40 pounds. The suits also vary in type, and maneuverability at a work site can be difficult.
Final certification requires a minimum of three days of 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 40-hour HAZWOPER training requirements. These Plan States may have additional training requirements.
What is 40-hour HAZWOPER training?
- The 40-hour HAZWOPER course is designed for a person who works in an environment where there is a potential for exposure to hazardous substances at or above the permissible exposure limits. This can include clean-up operations or operations involving hazardous substances at the workplace, and the storage, treatment, or disposal of hazardous substances, as well as emergency response operations. It complies with OSHA regulation CFR 1910.120.
What is the difference between 24-hour and 40-hour HAZWOPER training?
- Besides the duration of the course, the 24-hour offering is aimed primarily at individuals who work in an environment with limited opportunity for exposure to hazardous substances. This includes those who work with or near hazardous substances under permissible exposure limits. The 40-hour HAZWOPER training is designed for individuals with risk for exposure to hazardous substances that exceed these limits and who must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
What kind of jobs typically require the 40-hour HAZWOPER certification?
- Removing or handling of underground tanks and/or piping.
- Handling contaminated soil and/or groundwater.
- Conducting subsurface investigations.
- Participating in construction work where hazardous substances may potentially be present.
- Working at an uncontrolled hazardous waste site as listed by a federal or state regulatory agency.
- Performing work at a listed or proposed-for listing on the Superfund National Priority List (NPL).
- Performing work at a listed site or proposed for listing on a state priority list.
- Conducting operations at corrective action sites covered by U.S. EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
How do you know if your workplace falls under the OSHA HAZWOPER standard?
- You can tell if your company falls under the OSHA HAZWOPER standard by checking the 27 OSHA Plan States, which are state-level regulatory agencies that implement and enforce HAZWOPER regulatory programs. State-level programs often exceed federal regulations.
Does HAZWOPER certification expire?
- Yes, HAZWOPER certifications do expire. They must be renewed annually with the HAZWOPER Refresher course.
Why should I use NET for my 40-hour HAZWOPER training or refresher?
- National Environmental Trainers (NET) are industry pioneers. NET created the first online safety classes in 1998. NET classes are easy to pick up and convenient, so you can complete them on your own time. We also work hard to stay on the cutting edge of course offerings, giving all our customers the latest and best product. Contact us if you would like to learn more information about HAZWOPER courses.