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HAZWOPER Training - Who Needs It?

HAZWOPER is an acronym which stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. HAZWOPER training is covered under OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120.

According to OSHA, the HAZWOPER standard applies to five groups of employers and their employees and specifically includes any employees who are exposed to hazardous substances and who are engaged in several operations including clean-up, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. In addition, workers involved in an emergency response operation dealing with hazardous waste and workers who have to perform duties at a waste site where hazardous contamination are equally expected to be fully trained and protected.

For further clarification, an interpretation letter provided by OSHA gives some guidance as to what constitutes a hazardous substance or situation:

  • High concentrations of toxic substances.
  • Situation that is life or injury threatening.
  • Imminent Danger to Life and Health (IDLH) environments.
  • Situation that presents an oxygen deficient atmosphere.
  • Condition that poses a fire or explosion hazard.
  • Situation that required an evacuation of the area.
  • A situation that requires immediate attention because of the danger posed to employees in the area.

Employees and employers covered by the OSHA HAZWOPER standard are required to take the initial HAZWOPER training which consists of a 24 or 40-hour course. Depending on your job type and experience, you may be able to take the 24-hour course to meet your HAZWOPER training requirement.

Every year after the initial training requirement has been met, workers are required to take an 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher course. This refresher course is designed to meet the annual training requirement for hazardous waste operations and emergency response workers.

As with many OSHA training courses, HAZWOPER training is available online for the employee and employer's convenience. Usfosha.com, a HAZWOPER training provider, offers online HAZWOPER training courses that are interactive, fully narrated and will show each student how to comply with hazard management and hazardous waste regulations in accordance with OSHA standards.

You have 6 months to complete all HAZWOPER training and can complete the course at your pace, in sections, from home, work or the jobsite. As long as you have internet access, that is all you need. Upon completion you will be mailed your official OSHA Training Institute Education Center Program Certificate.