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  Below is the best information in the industry on HAZWOPER Training available online.  Everyone requires this training these days.

Books Available

  • "OSHA Hazwoper 8-HR Refresher Course Manual", Spiral-Bound, 2000, 180 pages. Estimated price $29.95. Info and/or order.
  • "Health and Safety at Hazardous Waste Sites: An Investigator's and Remediator's Guide to Hazwoper", Paperback, 248 pages, 1998. Estimated price $79.95. Info and/or order.
  • "Hazwoper Incident Command : A Manual for Emergency Responders", Paperback, 612 pages, 1997. Estimated price $75.00. Info and/or order.
  • "Hazwoper Standard : Osha Inspection Procedures", Paperback, 1994. Estimated price $105.00. Info and/or order.

HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher Class

   An online interactive training course that satisfies the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120/1926.65 regarding annual HAZWOPER refresher training. These courses contain the eight required modules.  The student must complete all required modules, and pass a post-test in order to receive credit and a Certificate of Completion for the course.


24-Hour HAZWOPER

Occasional Site Worker
The OSHA HAZWOPER 24-Hour Online Course meets OSHA requirements for training of personnel engaged in hazardous waste operations as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120, including removal or handling of underground tanks and/or piping, contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present, encountered, prepared, packaged, labeled, marked, stored, shipped for disposal, or any facility wherein hazardous wastes are treated, stored, or disposed.


40-Hour HAZWOPER

Hazardous Material Worker
The OSHA HAZWOPER 40-Hour Online Course meets OSHA requirements for training of personnel engaged in hazardous waste operations as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120, including removal or handling of underground tanks and/or piping, contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present, encountered, prepared, packaged, labeled, marked, stored, shipped for disposal, or any facility wherein hazardous wastes are treated, stored, or disposed.


HAZWOPER FAQ

(From the OSHA website.)

Frequently Asked Questions:
HAZWOPER

  1. Who is covered by OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard?
  2. Is computer-based training acceptable for refresher training?
  3. For emergency response in an unknown or potentially IDLH atmosphere, what is the minimum number of people required?
  4. Can refresher training be given in segments?
  5. What if refresher training isn't received in 12 months?
  6. What are the training or certification requirements for HAZWOPER trainers?
  7. What are the HAZWOPER training requirements for hospital staff?
  8. What is the difference between an incidental and an emergency spill?
  9. What are the HAZWOPER training requirements for on-site workers who are not directly involved in cleanup activities?
  10. What is the applicability of HAZWOPER to small quantity generators?
  11. What is the application of HAZWOPER to TSD facilities that store hazardous materials for 90 days or less?


Who is covered by OSHA's HAZWOPER standard?

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances -- including hazardous waste -- and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):
  • clean-up operations -- required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances -- that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.);
  • voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations; and
  • emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of release of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.
Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

 
Is computer-based training acceptable for refresher training?

Computer-based training may meet some refresher training requirements, provided that it covers topics relevant to workers' assigned duties. It must be supplemented by the opportunity to ask questions of a qualified trainer and by an assessment of hands-on performance of work tasks.

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:
For emergency response in an unknown or potentially IDLH atmosphere, what is the minimum number of people required?

At a minimum, four (4) people are required: two working as a team inside the unknown or potentially IDLH atmosphere, and two working outside this atmosphere for assistance or rescue.

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

Can refresher training be given in segments?

Refresher training may be given in segments so long as the required 8 hours have been completed by the employee's anniversary date.

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

What if refresher training isn't received in 12 months?

If the date for refresher training has lapsed, the need to repeat initial training must be determined based on the employee's familiarity with safety and health procedures used on site. The employee should take the next availably refresher training course. "There should be a record in the employee's file indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be completed."

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

What are the training or certification requirements for HAZWOPER trainers?

The "Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response" standard (HAZWOPER), 29 CFR 1910.120, states in paragraph (e)(5) that "Trainers shall be qualified to instruct employees about the subject matter that is being presented in training". In addition, 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(5) explains that the qualifications of the instructors may be shown by academic degrees, completed training courses and/or work experience.

At this time, OSHA does not have any specific requirements to certify an instructor. The subjects that trainers should be able to convey to employees at hazardous waste operations who need training are summarized in paragraphs (e), (p) and (q) of the HAZWOPER standard.


Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:
What are the HAZWOPER training requirements for hospital staff?

OSHA's Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response standard (HAZWOPER) requires that workers be trained to perform their anticipated job duties without endangering themselves or others. To determine the level and type of training your workers need, you must consider the hazards in your community and what capabilities your personnel need to respond to those hazards. You should make your determination based on worst-case scenarios. If your personnel are expected to provide limited decontamination services in order to attend to medical problems, they must be trained to the first responder operations level with emphasis on the use of PPE and decontamination procedures. This level of emergency response training is described in 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii); additional guidance about the content of this training is available in HAZWOPER's Appendix E. Hospitals may develop in-house training or they may send personnel to a standard first responder operations level course, then provide additional training in decontamination and PPE as needed. HAZWOPER requires the employer to certify that workers have the training and competencies listed in (q)(6)(ii). The standard also requires annual refresher training or demonstration of competency, as described in (q)(8).

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

What is the difference between an incidental and an emergency spill?

An incidental release is a release of hazardous substance which does not pose a significant safety or health hazard to employees in the immediate vicinity or to the employee cleaning it up, nor does it have the potential to become an emergency within a short time frame. Incidental releases are limited in quantity, exposure potential, or toxicity and present minor safety or health hazards to employees in the immediate work area or those assigned to clean them up. An incidental spill may be safely cleaned up by employees who are familiar with the hazards of the chemicals with which they are working.

The properties of hazardous substances, such as toxicity, volatility, flammability, explosiveness, corrosiveness, etc., as well as the particular circumstances of the release itself, such as quantity, confined space considerations, ventilation, etc., will have an impact on what employees can handle safely and what procedures should be followed. Additionally, there are other factors that may mitigate the hazards associated with a release and its remediation, such as the knowledge of the employee in the immediate work area, the response and personal protective equipment (PPE) at hand, and the pre-established standard operating procedures for responding to releases of hazardous substances. There are some engineering control measures that will mitigate the release that employees can activate to assist them in controlling and stopping the release.

These considerations (properties of the hazardous substance, the circumstances of the release, and the mitigating factors in the work area) combine to define the distinction between incidental releases and releases that require an emergency response. The distinction is facility-specific and is a function of the emergency response plan.


Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

What are the HAZWOPER training requirements for on-site workers who are not directly involved in cleanup activities?

Workers, such as utility workers, who must perform duties at a hazardous waste site that has not yet been characterized but where contamination is expected, do fall under the scope of 29 CFR 1910.120. These workers must work under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a site-specific safety and health plan, and must be fully trained and protected pursuant to the HAZWOPER standard. When additional information becomes available through site characterization which verifies that there is minimal or no risk of employee exposure to hazardous substances, a lesser degree of PPE and worker training may be acceptable.

When site characterization shows that the area to be serviced by workers is free of potential exposure, or the proposed work assignments would not expose any of the work crew to hazardous substances, the activity can be carried out as a normal maintenance or construction operation.

... The utility contractor is bound to provide at least the minimum number of training hours specified. On a hazardous waste site that has many site specific peculiarities the employer may need to train employees beyond the 40 or 24 hour minimum set by the standard. Employees must be provided training that prepares them for their job functions and responsibilities, as stated in the general requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120(e).


Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

What is the applicability of HAZWOPER to small quantity generators?

Employers who are not required to have a permit or interim status because they are conditionally exempt small quantity generators under 40 CFR 261.5 or are generators who qualify under 40 CFR 262.34 for exemptions from regulation under 40 CFR 262.34 for exemptions from regulation under 40 CFR parts 264, 265, and 270 ("excepted employers") are not covered by paragraphs (p)(1) through (p)(7) of this section [1910.120 or 1926.65]. Excepted employers who are required by the EPA or state agency to have their employees engage in emergency response or who direct their employees to engage in emergency response are covered by paragraph (p)(8) of this section [1910.120 or 1926.65], and cannot be exempted by (p)(8)(i) of this section [1910.120 or 1926.65].

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:
 

What is the application of HAZWOPER to TSD facilities that store hazardous materials for 90 days or less?

Conditionally-exempt small quantity generators and generators who store hazardous wastes for less than 90 days are exempt from compliance with sections (p)(1) through (p)(7), and are thus covered only by section (p)(8), the emergency response program.

Employers who have hazardous waste storage areas in their facilities have the option of meeting the emergency response requirements of HAZWOPER by complying with either paragraph (p)(8) or paragraph (q) for those areas. The employer must meet the requirements of paragraph (q) for other areas of their facility which have potential for emergency releases of hazardous substances or hazardous raw materials.

... [Regarding the] exemption from employee training requirements under paragraph (p)(8) if the employer intends to evacuate employees in the event of an emergency. Paragraph (p)(8)(i), like paragraph (q)(1), provides an exemption from the emergency response requirements if the employer intends to evacuate all employees and provides an emergency action plan (i.e., an evacuation plan) in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.38(a).

However, the HAZWOPER standard states in paragraph (a)(2)(iii)(B) that "employers who are required by the EPA or state agency to have their employees engage in emergency response... are covered by paragraph (p)(8) of this section, and cannot be exempted by (p)(8)(i) of this section."


Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:
 

 

Can 40 Hr HAZWOPER Training be completed TOTALLY online?

OSHA has a written letter stating that the online training is the same as any off-site training. For more information go here OSHA LETTER

Which is the correct spelling, HAZWOPER or HAZWOPR?

  • HAZWOPER is correct.  That is the term OSHA uses. The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER)
    HAZWOPER: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

    Definition

    • The U.S. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, HAZWOPER regulation, 29 CFR 1910.120, regulates the safety and health of the employees involved in clean-up operations at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, employees engaged in certain hazardous waste sites, employees engaged in certain hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) operations, and in any emergency response activities involving hazardous substances. In short, HAZWOPER applies to hazardous waste facilities.

      The HAZWOPER regulation became effective on March 6, 1990.

    Additional Info

      HAZWOPER applies to five distinct group of employers and employees:

       

      1. Clean-up operations--required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances-- that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
      2. Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.);
      3. Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
      4. Operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations;
      5. Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of release of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.

      Examples of emergency situations covered include:

       

      1. High concentrations of toxic substances.
      2. Situation that is life or injury threatening.
      3. Situation that presents an oxygen deficient atmosphere.
      4. Condition that poses a fire or explosion hazard.
      5. Situation that required an evacuation of the area.
      6. A situation that requires immediate attention because of the danger posed to employees in the area.

      HAZWOPER has a number of important training requirements. These typically involve a required training course that may last from 4 to 40 hours depending on your role and the hazards your are dealing with. There is also an annual refresher training requirement.

    Books Available

    • "OSHA Hazwoper 8-HR Refresher Course Manual", Spiral-Bound, 2000, 180 pages. Estimated price $29.95. Info and/or order.
    • "Health and Safety at Hazardous Waste Sites: An Investigator's and Remediator's Guide to Hazwoper", Paperback, 248 pages, 1998. Estimated price $79.95. Info and/or order.
    • "Hazwoper Incident Command : A Manual for Emergency Responders", Paperback, 612 pages, 1997. Estimated price $75.00. Info and/or order.
    • "Hazwoper Standard : Osha Inspection Procedures", Paperback, 1994. Estimated price $105.00. Info and/or order.

 

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