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HAZWOPER Awareness: The Basics Training Course

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This course provides an overview of OSHA's HAZWOPER standard and its requirements.

22 minutes   |   SKU: AT110    |    Language(s): EN / ES / FR    |    Produced 2024




EN / ES / FR




22 minutes

Training Objectives

Describe what HAZWOPER stands for, its goals, and when it applies
Discuss key components of the HCS, including chemical hazards and SDSs
Explain the requirements for HAZWOPER training and its curriculum
Provide an overview of each section within OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard

Course Overview

Have you ever heard of HAZWOPER? Do you know what it stands for, when it applies, and what it is? HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. It’s a vital standard enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). HAZWOPER’s primary goal is worker protection when a hazardous substance is released unexpectedly. Do you know what determines if a substance is considered a chemical hazard? Do you know how to choose the appropriate PPE? How should a chemical spill be cleaned up? What would you do if a large chemical spill or release was hard to contain or stop? What is the correct plan of action? The HAZWOPER standard requires that you, the worker, are adequately trained to know the correct answers to these questions.      

Both OSHA and the EPA provide clear rules and regulations on protecting workers from exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace (29 CFR 1910.120, 29 CFR 1910.1200, 40 CFR 311, and other related standards). These standards require that all employees be taught how to safely and effectively handle hazardous substances in the event of an unexpected release. This knowledge is essential in keeping the work environment safe for all.

This course will explain the goals of HAZWOPER and how to determine when it does and does not apply. It will review key components of the Hazard Communication standard and define what constitutes something as a chemical hazard. This course will explain who requires HAZWOPER training, the training curriculum, and how much training is needed based on your job. Finally, this course will dive deeper into each section of the HAZWOPER standard and provide an overview of each component. If you need to learn more about HAZWOPER and everything it encompasses, this training is for you!

This program is available with closed captions in Spanish and French.

Compliance Standards & Regulations

This course references the standards and regulations listed below.

29 CFR 1910.120; 29 CFR 1910.1200; 29 CFR 1926.65; 40 CFR 311

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HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. It is an OSHA standard to help protect workers when they handle hazardous substances.

How long is HAZWOPER training?

The amount of training required depends on your job. If you will be engaged in the clean-up of hazardous substances regularly, 40 hours and three days of field experience are needed. Others may only require 24 hours of training and only up to one day of field experience.

When does HAZWOPER come into play?

HAZWOPER applies when any government body requires clean-up operations or corrective actions for an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance. It also applies at any and all locations in the case of an emergency with a hazardous substance.

What determines if something is considered a chemical hazard or hazardous substance?

OSHA defines a chemical hazard as a substance that poses a wide range of health and physical hazards or as an item or agent that could cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment.

Who needs to complete HAZWOPER training?

All workers that may be involved in the clean-up, corrective actions, or emergency response to an unexpected release of a hazardous substance.

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