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.
How long does the 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification last?
- The 40-hour HAZWOPER training will expire yearly and will require an annual refresher.
What provision does the 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification apply to?
- The 40-hour HAZWOPER certification falls under the General Site Cleanup provision.
What kind of jobs typically require the 40-hour HAZWOPER?
- Removing or handling of underground tanks and/or piping
- Handling contaminated soil and/or groundwater
- Conducting subsurface investigations
- Participating in construction work in which 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).
- Working at sites that pose Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) conditions. (This is rare for General Site Cleanup workers but we list it because of the seriousness.) OSHA regulations define the term as "an atmosphere that poses an immediate threat to life, would cause irreversible adverse health effects, or would impair an individual's ability to escape from a dangerous atmosphere.