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The OSHA HAZWOPER 40-Hour Course provides training for workers, managers and supervisors working at a hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) sites. OSHA considers training an important component for maintaining job site safety. Workers involved with removing toxic, flammable or corrosive substances, who are likely to be exposed to hazardous substances and site health hazards, must receive 40 hours of off-site HAZWOPER training. This course is intended to meet initial training requirements found in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120 for general site workers who participate in hazardous waste operations, where they may be exposed to hazardous substances and health hazards.

Learning Objectives

Following this training the student should be able to identify important principles with regard to:

  1. Contents of the OSHA Hazwoper standard, including the standard’s five appendices
  2. Site safety and health programs, such as a site-specific safety and health plan and a medical surveillance program
  3. Identifying, evaluating, and controlling the five major categories of hazards at a Hazwoper site: chemical health, chemical physical, physical safety, biological and ergonomic hazards
  4. Respiratory hazard and protection basics, including requirements for medical surveillance and respiratory protection programs
  5. Responding to emergencies at hazardous waste sites and to hazardous substance releases
  6. Hazwoper training requirements
  7. Site characterization, site control and a hazard communication program
  8. Elements of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
  9. Materials handling, and handling drums and container
  10. Decontaminating personnel and equipment
  11. Hazwoper requirements for a treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facility, as regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA)
  12. Selecting, inspecting, using and maintaining respirators
  13. Selecting and using personal protective equipment (PPE) and chemical protective clothing
  14. Detectors and monitors at a hazardous waste site
  15. Excavations, including soil analysis, sloping, benching and shoring