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40 hour HAZWOPER Training - General Information:

HAZWOPER 40 hour training is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances.

This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120.

Note: Trainees must have additional hands-on training and use of the Personal Protective Equipment required for their jobsite(s) in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120.

Workers must have 40 hours of initial training before they may enter the site and OSHA typically will ask for proof of this training during "Audits". The worker may be asked to provide proof they completed 8 hour annual HAZWOPER Refresher classes to keep the certification "current".
 

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2012 Seminar Class Descriptions:

40 hour HAZWOPER Training
HAZWOPER 40 hour
 Initial class -

The HAZWOPER 40 hour class is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances.
40 Hour HAZWOPER: $500.00
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This class covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120.  This class is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. 

24 hour HAZWOPER Training
HAZWOPER 24 hour
 Initial class -

The HAZWOPER 24 hour class is required for employees visiting an Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government .   Part-time or occasional site workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances are required to take the 24 hour class.
 24 hour HAZWOPER: $400.00
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This class covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120. This class covers broad issues pertaining to the hazard recognition at work sites. OSHA has developed the HAZWOPER program to protect the workers working at hazardous sites and devised extensive regulations to ensure their safety and health. This course, while identifying different types of hazards, also suggests possible precautions and protective measures to reduce or eliminate hazards at the work place. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations.
8 hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training
HAZWOPER 8 hour Annual
 Refresher class -

The HAZWOPER 8 hour Refresher class is required to be taken annually to keep current,  40 or 24 hour HAZWOPER certification.
8 hour HAZWOPER: $100.00
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 This class meets the requirements in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 for eight hours of annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This class is designed for general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. Topics include HAZWOPER regulations, safety and health plans, hazardous chemicals, safety hazards, air monitoring, medical surveillance, site control, decontamination, personal protective equipment, and respiratory equipment.
 
HAZWOPER DVD Training
  32 hour Video -

This video is STEP #1 when trying to complete your  40 hour HAZWOPER certification.
 HAZWOPER DVD Package: $2,500.00


HAZWOPER DVD from SafetyHelpers.com - This 32 hour DVD will be mailed to you after purchase.  This 32 hour HAZWOPER Training DVD contains material from an OSHA Authorized Trainer and satisfies the OSHA HAZWOPER Standards under 29 CFR 1910.120. Note: Students, after watching this 32 hour HAZWOPER DVD, will be instructed to register for an eight hour "Hands On" Training Session from SafetyHelpers.com to complete the 40 hour HAZWOPER Certification. This class is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances. Each Student who watches the DVD and attends the eight hour "Hands On" Session, receives a Certificate and Wallet Card.

 
HAZWOPER Hands On Training
  8 hour Instructor-Led class -

This 8 hour Public Seminar Class is the FINAL Step to complete your  40 hour HAZWOPER certification.  Prerequisite = Student must watch the 32 hour HAZWOPER DVD before attending.
Hands On (8 hour) HAZWOPER Training w/ 40 hour Certification: $200.00

 HAZWOPER 8 hour Hands On Training: This eight hour Instructor-Led HAZWOPER Training, dressout (Donning and Doffing), and final exam satisfies the OSHA HAZWOPER Standards under 29 CFR 1910.120. Note: Students must have watched the 32 hour HAZWOPER DVD available from SafetyHelpers.com before registering for this training. This class is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances. Each "Passing" Student receives a Certificate and Wallet Card.


HAZWOPER Certification - Median Salary:


According to OSHA:

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 releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.

Reference Interpretation and Compliance Letters:

Interpretation on the application of 1910.120 to clean-up of water-borne releases of hazardous substances. [10/09/89]


Who is required to take the DOT – HAZMAT Transportation Class?

According to the DOT:

All employees who handle or ship hazardous material must be instructed in these requirements and be certified by their employer to perform those duties, except during an initial 90-day period, during which the employee must be under the direct supervision of trained personnel.

Per OSHA’s 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 releases 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 available 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 a 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:

Application of 1910.120 to general industry with potential for hazardous substance emergencies. [12/21/90]


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