HAZWOPER is an acronym which stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and training is covered under OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120.
According to OSHA, the HAZWOPER standard applies to five groups of employers and their employees:
- 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.
- Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.
Employees and employers covered by the OSHA HAZWOPER standard are required to take the initial training which consists of a 24 or 40-hour course. The 24-hour course may be sufficient to meet your training requirement depending on your job type and experience.
After the initial training requirement has been met, workers are required to take an annual 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher course, designed to meet the annual training requirement for hazardous waste operations and emergency response workers.
Highline Safety offers our customers the 8-hour refresher course, the 24-hour course, and the 40-hour course.