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HAZWOPER stands for hazardous waste operations and emergency response. Across all industries, workers are tasked with such operations, which include cleaning, treating, storing, and disposing of hazardous waste. To keep these professionals safe as they perform this dangerous work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires them to complete HAZWOPER training.
Our HAZWOPER 16-hour class is based on the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard, found in 29 CFR 1910.120. It is designed to be taken after an initial 24-hour course. By completing HAZWOPER 16-Hour for All Industries, participants will be better equipped to work with hazardous materials, as well as keep themselves and their entire team safe.
To fully comply 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 supervisor. The 16-hour HAZWOPER training certification does not count towards these two days of field experience.
NOTE: Students must have completed a HAZWOPER 24-hour course as required by the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120 before taking this course.
OSHA requires varying levels of HAZWOPER training depending on the workload of different professionals. This course covers the following topics that build on those outlined in the prerequisite course:
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Hazardous substances as defined in EPA and DOT standards 40 CFR 261.3 and 49 CFR 171.8
Emergency response, including hazardous materials response (HAZMAT)
This course is intended for professionals with 24 hours of previous HAZWOPER training. Specifically, the following workers are required by OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120, paragraph (e)(3)(i) to reach 40 total hours of HAZWOPER training:
Those who are likely to be exposed to hazardous materials over the permissible and published exposure limits
Those whose work regularly requires the use of respirators
Supervisors and managers who are directly responsible for overseeing workers engaged in hazardous waste operations*
*NOTE: Paragraph (e)(4) has additional training requirements for these professionals.
If you have any concerns as to whether this course is appropriate for you or your industry, please browse our full selection of Online Courses and Safety Packs, call 800-971-1080, or Contact Us online.
Upon completion of this HAZWOPER 16-hour class, participants will have received HAZWOPER compliance training as outlined under OSHA standard 1910.120(e)(3)(iv). Further, they will have minimized potential for citation and penalty by OSHA under standard 1910.120. Additionally, participants will have gained further familiarity with the following important workplace principles:
Respiratory hazard and protection
Selecting and using PPE and protective clothing
Hazardous waste detector and monitor identification
Soil analysis and sloping, benching, and shoring
This course also allows participants to earn 1.6 continuing education units (CEUs) and sixteen contact hour from an authorized IACET CEU provider. Once the course has successfully been completed, students will receive a certificate of completion that documents the total amount of CEUs and contact hours earned.