OSHA HAZWOPER 16-Hour Upgrade

    OSHA HAZWOPER 16-Hour Upgrade Course

    Course Overview

    This OSHA HAZWOPER 16-Hour course was designed for general site workers who have already taken 24 hours of HAZWOPER training but now need to meet their HAZWOPER 40-Hour requirement. A general site worker who is potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards is required to have 40 hours of hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training, along with three days of supervised field experience. To become a general site worker under these conditions, or if wearing a respirator becomes a job requirement, those certified with 24 hours of HAZWOPER training must take an additional 16 hours to reach the minimum 40 hours required by OSHA. This additional 16 hours of training, along with two additional days of supervised field experience, combine to meet the requirements specified in paragraph (e)(3)(i) of the OSHA HAZWOPER standard, 29 CFR 1910.120.

    This HAZWOPER 16-hour course focuses on air monitoring and hazard detection, respiratory protection, and chemical protective clothing for sites where exposures can be expected to exceed permissible and published exposure limits. Emergency response protocols and principles of site excavation are also discussed.


    NOTE: Students must have completed a HAZWOPER 24-hour course in fulfillment of the requirements of OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120 before taking this course.

    To be in compliance with OSHA HAZWOPER regulations, students will also need to obtain additional site-specific training, along with two days of actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor. The two days of field experience is in addition to the one day required for OSHA 24-hour training certification.


    Upon successful completion of the course, each student will get a ClickSafety Certificate of Completion that will show the 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 16 Contact Hours received for this course. ClickSafety is an authorized provider of IACET CEUs.

    Intended Audience

    This course is intended for workers certified with 24 hours of HAZWOPER training who become general site workers, or who are required to wear respirators. The site characterization may also indicate that there are health hazards or the possibility of an emergency developing. Under these conditions, those certified with 24 hours of training must then have an additional 16 hours to reach the 40 hours of training required by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120, paragraph (e)(3)(i).

    • Workers who are likely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits
    • Workers regularly on site who work in areas that require the use of respirators
    • Supervisors and managers with 24 hours of HAZWOPER training who are directly responsible for, or who are in charge of general site workers engaged in hazardous waste operations

    Also, supervisors and managers with 24 hours of HAZWOPER training who are directly responsible for, or who are in charge of general site workers engaged in hazardous waste operations, may take this course to fulfill the 40-hour OSHA training requirement found in 1910.120, paragraph (e)(4). Note: Paragraph (e)(4) has additional training requirements, beyond 40 hours of initial training, for managers and supervisors.

    Learning Objectives

    Following this training the student should be able to identify important principles with regard to:

    1. Respiratory hazard and protection basics, including requirements for medical surveillance and respiratory protection programs
    2. Responding to emergencies at hazardous waste sites and to hazardous substance releases
    3. Selecting, inspecting, using, and maintaining respirators
    4. Selecting and using personal protective equipment (PPE) and chemical protective clothing
    5. Detectors and monitors at a hazardous waste site
    6. Excavations, including soil analysis and sloping, benching, and shoring requirements

    Features and Benefits of the OSHA HAZWOPER 16-Hr Course:

    • Provides 16-hour compliance training under 1910.120(e)(3)(iv), for workers with 24 hours of training who are covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii) and who become general site workers or who are required to wear respirators, to total the training specified in paragraph (e)(3)(i).
    • Promotes compliance with OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard
    • Minimizes potential of citation and penalty by OSHA under 1910.120

    Course Topics

    • Course Overview and Orientation
    • Medical Surveillance
    • Respiratory Protection
      • Respiratory Protection Basics
      • Respirator Types
      • Respirator Fit Testing
      • Respirator Maintenance and Care
      • Respiratory Protection Medical Evaluations
      • Respirator Voluntary Use
      • Respirator Donning, Doffing, and User Seal Check
    • Exposure Monitoring
    • PPE
      • PPE Levels of Protection
      • Chemical Protective Clothing
    • Emergency Response
      • Emergency Response for Hazardous Waste Sites
      • Emergency Response for Hazardous Substance Release
      • Emergency Response Practical Considerations
    • Excavations
      • Soils Analysis
      • Practical Applications

    Industry Terms

    • HAZWOPER
    • Clean-up Operation
    • Decontamination
    • Emergency Response
    • Hazardous Materials Response (HAZMAT)
    • Hazardous Waste
    • Hazardous Substances as defined in 40 CFR 261.3 and 49 CFR 171.8.
    • Hazardous Waste Operations

    This OSHA HAZWOPER 16-Hour Course is Based On

    • OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard as found in 29 CFR 1910.120.

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