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):
HAZWOPER (pronounced /HAZ-WHOPPER) is an acronym for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. It refers to any persons, environmentalists, employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances, including hazardous waste, and who are engaged in one of five operations covered by the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; that are certified by a qualified trainer.
- 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.
The purpose of this course is to ensure awareness and promote safety among employees who may be exposed to chemical hazards in the work-site. The objective is to ensure that employees operate in the safest possible manner in situations where contact with potentially hazardous materials is likely. Pre-Requisite: OSHA 40 hour or 24 Hour HAZWOPER training. Learn More.
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. Learn More.
Removal or handling of underground tanks and/or piping, contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present, encountered, prepared, packaged, labeled, marked, stored, shipped for disposal, and for any facility wherein hazardous wastes are treated, stored, or disposed. Personnel who are involved in the above disciplines are required to have initial and recurrent training. Learn More.
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Course
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HAZWOPER 40 Hour
HAZWOPER 8 Hour