A Supervisors Guide to HAZWOPER Standards

Hazardous substances can pose a serious threat to humans and the environment. Due to its significance in the safety and health hazards the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued its The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) to protect workers from this setting and be able to handle hazardous substances.


HAZWOPER Standards covers employees who are or may be exposed to hazardous substances and hazardous waste and those who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by OSHA in 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 releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.

There are several levels of training based on employee duties and responsibilities and level of hazard exposure. OSHA indicates different topics and minimum training times for each level.

HAZWOPER 40-Hour covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120. It is mandatory for workers that execute activities with hazardous substances. Trainees must have additional hands-on training on Personal Protective Equipment of their jobsite. HAZWOPER 40 also requires 8 hours of hands-on training with a qualified instructor and three days field experience with an employer or potential employer.

HAZWOPER 24-Hour is required for employees going to an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation as mandated by the Government. The HAZWOPER 24-Hour training course includes hazard identification, protective measures and safety measures implemented at work sites. Workers must have 24 hours of preliminary training and one day of supervised field experience ahead of entering the worksite.

HAZWOPER 8-Hour is an annual refresher training designed for workers who appear into contact with hazardous waste and substances.

HAZWOPER 8-Hour is an annual refresher training designed for workers who appear into contact with hazardous waste and substances.

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Looking to Train in house? See this full series of OSHA compliant HAZWOPER DVDs, Safety Meeting Kits, Posters, Instructors Guides, Regulatory Compliance Kits, and Student manuals!

HAZWOPER Safety Series

HAZWOPER: Accidental Release Measures and Spill Cleanup Procedures

HAZWOPER: ANSI Material Safety Data Sheet

HAZWOPER: Confined Space Entry

HAZWOPER: Dealing With The Media In Emergency Situations

HAZWOPER: Decontamination Procedures

HAZWOPER: Electrical Safety in HAZMAT Environments

HAZWOPER: Emergency Response Plan

HAZWOPER: Exposure Monitoring and Medical Surveillance

HAZWOPER: Fire Prevention

HAZWOPER: Handling Hazardous Materials


HAZWOPER: Heat Stress

HAZWOPER: Introduction to HAZWOPER Retraining

HAZWOPER: Medical Surveillance Programs

HAZWOPER: Monitoring Procedures and Equipment

HAZWOPER: Personal Protective Equipment

HAZWOPER: Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Procedures

HAZWOPER: Respiratory Protection

HAZWOPER: Safety Orientation

HAZWOPER: Site Safety and Health Plan

HAZWOPER: Understanding Chemical Hazards


HAZWOPER: Work Practices and Engineering Controls

HAZWOPER: 40-Hour Training Package

HAZWOPER: 8-Hour Annual Retraining Series Package

HAZWOPER: Emergency Response: Awareness Package

HAZWOPER: Emergency Response: HAZMAT Technician Package

HAZWOPER: Emergency Response: Operations Package

HAZWOPER: General Training Package

HAZWOPER: Supplemental Training Package


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