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HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher - 1910.120 (e)

Cost: $95 per person


In 1998, our HAZWOPER refresher training was the first health and safety course published online. Today, many top rated companies and organizations rely on our training. Our in-house subject matter experts revise the course on an annual basis bringing you the latest HAZWOPER information.


This HAZWOPER refresher course is for individuals who need to keep their initial 24 or 40 hour General Site Worker certification current. This course complies with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 paragraph (e) regulations. The course is offered online, self paced and available 24/7.

Our course provides the opportunity to refresh vital skill sets so as to be in compliance with OSHA regulations and work safely. In addition, we include updated information in a unique modular format producing engaging, interactive, user enjoyable training with high content retention rates.

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Who Needs This Course?

You are required by OSHA to have 8 hour HAZWOPER refresher training on an annual basis. The HAZWOPER renewal date is on or before the anniversary date of your initial 24 or 40 hour training. It is essential for individuals to refresh and understand the protective abilities and limitations of equipment that can minimize their exposure to hazardous substances. A typical place where you would need this training is an abandoned hazardous waste site - these are commonly referred to as Superfund sites. A Superfund site is any parcel of land that by virtue of contamination has been identified by the EPA as posing a risk to human health and/or the environment. Many of these sites are listed on The National Priority List (NPL) as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Many years ago, major chemical companies and other corporations disposed of hazardous materials/waste by simply "dumping it out back". In time, these areas became seepage pits and not only contaminated the soil but groundwater as well. Many of the hazardous substances disposed are known carcinogens. Depending on the soil type, various organic and inorganic chemicals would permeate the soil and leach into a groundwater aquifer. Moreover, underground chemical pipelines developed leaks releasing thousands of gallons of hazardous product to the environment. So, you need to understand the environment where you will be conducting work.

How Are We Different From Other Companies?

We are the only HAZWOPER training provider with a regulatory acceptance letter allowing the use of our exclusive HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator®. This letter is from the U.S. OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs in Washington, D.C. This is the office that writes interpretation letters for OSHA. So, U.S. OSHA has formally accepted the use of our simulator online. Their interpretation letter about the simulator is considered a "landmark letter" by many in the industry. As an employer, safety of your employees and OSHA compliance should always be first. Please see the OSHA acceptance letter on our downloads page.


NEW! HAZWOPER Mobile Training® - Learn More

Our HAZWOPER Refresher training can now be accessed by all mobile devices including iPad®, tablets, smart phones i.e., iPhones® and Androids®. Our system is designed to give you seamless integration between desktop and mobile devices. You can login and logout between the two systems and your HAZWOPER training will begin where it left off both in content and study time.

Course Details

Course Description

In compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (e) regulations, this HAZWOPER refresher training is required for individuals having a role at hazardous waste sites. Annual refresher training is required for individuals in order to maintain their initial certification. This course covers many topics to help you work safely during your job. This course complies with OSHA regulations and can be taken online. The course consists of highly interactive modules, self grading quizzes/final exam, and downloadable certificate. Original certificates (8X10 and wallet-card size) arrive in the mail. Professional voiceovers and high resolution images are used to bring the training to life.

featured clientsThe objective of this course is to provide refresher training and re-certification.

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.

Upon completion of the training, you will: 

  • Understand how to wear and the limitations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as it applies to contaminated site activities.
  • Read and interpret a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for chemical safety and spill response activities.
  • Recognize and distinguish the 9 Department of Transportation (DOT) hazard class ratings as they relate to chemical safety.
  • Recognize the different chemical labeling systems.
  • Interpret the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 Diamond for chemical hazards.
  • Define and understand a Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste as it differs from a hazardous material.
  • Know the laws and regulations as they relate to hazardous substances.
  • Know the chemical properties that cause harm to people, the environment and property.
  • Understand toxicology of various chemicals on the human body. 
  • Have a thorough understanding of respiratory protection relating to contaminated site cleanup.
  • Understand the 4 levels of PPE used in contaminated site cleanup and emergency response.
  • Know how to implement a proper decontamination sequence.
  • Have re-certification as a HAZWOPER 24 or 40 General Site Worker

Course Topics

  • Regulatory requirements for HAZWOPER workers
  • Types of hazardous substances
  • Toxicology
  • Hazardous substance labeling requirements and standards
  • Respiratory protection
  • PPE types and selection
  • Decontamination guidelines and methods
  • Drums and other hazardous waste containers
  • Incompatible chemicals and examples of various incompatible chemicals
  • Experience proper donning, doffing and decontamination in the HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator
  • Take the HAZWOPER Certification exam


Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive a total of 3 certificates. An email with an e-certificate will be sent to you or your designee immediately upon completing the course and the original certificates (8×10 and pvc wallet card) will arrive in the mail.

Accreditation – Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

This training has been awarded 1.34 Industrial Hygiene CM Points by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) – approval number 13334. This course is eligible for .66 Continuance of Certification (COC) points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Accreditation from an impartial, qualified association or organization is critical to the acceptance of training, its lasting value in the workplace, preventing liability issues for the employer and reducing employee accidents and injuries. Many health and safety professionals consider ABIH to be the benchmark for training accreditation.


We develop our training using our exclusive Safetyneering™ concept that we believe delivers the best possible online training courses. Professional and degreed Engineers, Scientists, and information architects go through a series of steps to produce in-depth professional training. We work closely to fully scope the content of the course and then engage design professionals to bring the content to life. This is a rigorous and demanding process but one that just delivers time after time.

Study Guide

Includes Free Study Guide! The study guide should be used as a reference for the course as some content will not contain the exact information as the online course.


8 hours (OSHA 8 Hour Training Requirement) Note: OSHA requires the course will take a minimum of 8 hours of actual study time. Anything less will not comply with the OSHA standard. Our course allows you to login and logout at any time increment in order to fit your schedule. When you logout, the course will be bookmarked so you can begin where you left off. The study timer will also accrue your time and will begin where you left off in the course.


24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER General Site Worker Training 29 CFR 1910.120 (e).

Levels of HAZWOPER Training

HAZWOPER training levels for various occupations and job functions. View the chart and matrix and decide which training course is right for you. The OSHA regulations are sometimes difficult to interpret. By reviewing the chart and matrix, you can determine the exact training needed for your employees. The information used to produce the chart and matrix was derived from OSHA regulations, guidance documents, and interpretation letters.

Individual or Group Training

Our training can be taken and completed on an individual basis or in a group setting. For individuals, the training is self-paced and you are able to complete the training on your schedule. You are able to logout and login at your discretion. When you login, the training will begin where it last left off both in content and study time. The same is true for training in a group setting. Usually, a company will project the course onto a screen where a group of people can take the training together. At conclusion of the modules, each person from the group will login to our site using their respective username and password and take the final exam.

Table of Contents

Listed below is an overview of the modules for this course. For a complete list of all modules please go to full table of contents.

Modules 1-10

These modules provide an introduction to HAZWOPER and focus on Roles and Responsibilities, Hazard Recognition, and Toxicology. Some of the roles and responsibilities include the identification of an individual who has the authority to direct all activities, identify the other personnel needed for the project and assign their general functions and responsibilities, show lines of authority, responsibility, and means of contact, and identify the interface with the response community. Hazard Recognition discusses the physical, chemical and biological hazards that a worker could encounter at a contaminated site. The Toxicology modules provide in-depth content on how hazard substances enter the body, their metabolism and ultimate excretion.

Modules 11-20

The topics for this set of modules are Respiratory Protection and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) relating to HAZWOPER work. Waste site workers need to thoroughly understand the different types of respiratory equipment available, protection factors, and fit testing so they can select the best respirator for the hazards they will encounter. The first and foremost protection from hazardous substances/chemicals is to employ the appropriate engineering controls to minimize the hazards. Frequently though, this will not offer the correct amount of worker protection and PPE must be utilized. In accordance with EPA guidelines, PPE to protect the body from chemical hazards has been divided into four categories – Level A, Level B, Level C and Level D.

Modules 21-30

These modules are a continuation of PPE and worksite decontamination. Proper decontamination at a contaminated site can be very complex depending upon the contaminant and the required level of protection. A decontamination sequence is discussed for the 3 main levels of PPE – Level A, Level B and Level C.

Modules 31-40

Topics covered in this set of modules are Drum Handling and Confined Space Entry. These module defines practices and procedures for safe handling of drums and other hazardous waste containers. The discussion is intended to aid personnel in setting up a waste container handling program. Also, these modules give an understanding of incompatible chemicals that should not be packaged together. All confined spaces must be identified and classified as either non-permit-required confined spaces or permit-required confined spaces. The degree of hazards that confront entrants determines the classification of the confined space. A hazard assessment should be performed and documented by industrial safety and hygiene personnel for each confined space.

Modules 41-52

These modules discuss Air Monitoring, Medical Surveillance and Site Characterization. The focus of these modules is Air Monitoring at HAZWOPER sites. Site workers need to be familiar with the different types of air monitoring they will be using on the work site. They need to understand the advantages and limitations of the equipment and how to interpret the data they obtain. This information will be used to make many important decisions concerning worker safety. The atmosphere may be sampled in a potentially contaminated work area to identify and quantify (i.e., measure) any gases, vapors, or particulates to which workers may be exposed. Such information may be obtained by two methods: Area sampling, which involves placing collection devices within designated areas and operating them over specific periods of time. Personal sampling, which involves collecting samples from within the breathing zone of an individual and sometimes by the individual wearing a sampling device.

Final Exam

The final exam consists of 15 multiple choice questions. The passing grade is 70% or higher and the exam is not timed.

Lapsed Training and Grace Period

If a person missed their annual HAZWOPER refresher training and has questions, OSHA has written an interpretation letter on the subject. Please click here to view the letter.

It has been more than 12 months since I took my initial HAZWOPER training or 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher training? What do I do now?

Essentially, the OSHA letter states that employees should stay up-to-date by taking annual HAZWOPER refresher training, although OSHA does understand that courses may be missed because of unavoidable circumstances. If you have missed a refresher training course, you should attend the next available course. If a substantial amount of time has passed since your initial or refresher training, then repeating the initial training (24 or 40 hour) may be necessary. Ultimately, employees must be trained sufficiently to allow them to perform their expected job duties in a safe and healthful manner. The grace period for missing a refresher course must be determined by the employer. Neither a training provider or you can make this decision - it must be the employer.

“The best HAZWOPER Refresher we’ve ever had” – Robert Scheirer, Ph.D., Northeast Restoration, Inc.



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