This course covers issues pertaining to hazard waste recognition at worksites. The Occupational and Health and Safety Administration has developed the HAZ-WOPER program to protect workers at sites & has devised extensive regulations to ensure their health & safety.
The course program helps workers identify types of hazards and suggests protective measure(s) to reduce and/or eliminate hazards at the work place.
OSHA's refresher class meets the requirements yearly refresher training for hazardous waste site workers.
This class is designed for site workers who remove dangerous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances and/or health hazards.
safety & health plan,
decontamination and respiratory equipment.
personal protective equipment
The 24 or 40 hr HAZWOPER course must be completed before taking the eight Hr refresher
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is covered by OSHA's HAZardous Waste OPerations Emergency Response standard?
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard applies to 5 (five) distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous materials -- and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v)
clean-up operations -- required by a governmental body, whether U.S state or other involving hazardous substances -- that are conducted at uncontrolled hazard. waste sites;
emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location
operations involving hazard-ous materials 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. EPA to implement RCRA regulations; and
corrective actions involving cleanup operations on sites covered by the (RCRA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by U.S, state or local governmental bodies
What are the training requirements for on site workers who are not directly involved in hazardous waste cleanup activities?
Workers, including utility workers, who must perform duties at a hazard site that has not yet been characterized but where contamination is expected, do fall under the scope of 29 CFR 1910.10
Workers must work under the direction of an on site supervisor and a site specific safety & health plan, and must be fully trained and protected pursuant to the HAZWOPPER standard.
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 responsibilities and functions, as stated in the general requirements in 29 CFR 1910.120(e).
The utility contractor is bound to provide at least the minimum number of training hrs specified.
What are the HAZWOPER training requirements for hospital staff?
OSHA's Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response standard requires that workers be trained to perform their 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.
A worker should make your determination based on worst-case scenarios.
If personnel are expected to provide limited de-contamination services in order to attend to medical problems, they must be trained to the 1st responder operations level with decontamination procedures and emphasis on the use of PPE
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 1st responder operations level course, then provide additional training in de contamination and PPE as needed.
The standard also requires annual eight hr refresher training or demonstration of competency, as described in (q)(8).
HAZWOPER requires the employer to certify that workers have the training and competencies listed in (q)(6)(ii).
It has been more than 1 year since I took my initial HAZWOPER (8, 24, or 40 hr) training or refresher training? What do I do now?
Workers should stay up to date in the refresher training, although OSHA does understand that courses may be missed because of unavoidable circumstances.
If you have missed a refresher training course, you should attend the next available course
If a substantial amount of time has passed since your initial or refresher training, then repeating the initial training may be necessary.
The time frame within which it would be necessary to provide extensive retraining must be determined on a case by case basis.
Ultimately, workers must be trained sufficiently to allow them to perform their expected job duties in a safe & healthful manner.