Thursday, June 27, 2019

HAZWOPER Training Information

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, or HAZWOPER, is a set of regulations implemented by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). HAZWOPER protects workers whose jobs expose them to toxic substances. These regulations also inadvertently protect civilians by teaching workers how to safely and efficiently respond to these type of emergencies.

HAZWOPER training is extensive, so in this article we answer some frequently asked questions about HAZWOPER certification.

Does my company need HAZWOPER training?
HAZWOPER training is designed for workers who are exposed to dangerous substances through work including the clean-up, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. Generally, if your company performs work on a contaminated site or provides emergency response or treatment services for hazardous waste, then you need HAZWOPER training. It's best to consult your state's program if you're uncertain; some states have more specific regulations on HAZWOPER training than others.

What kind of jobs can I take on with a HAZWOPER certification?
HAZWOPER certification allows your company to perform work on sites where exposure to hazardous waste can occur. This includes settings such as plants, factories, disaster zones, and more.

What kind of HAZWOPER certifications are available?
There are three levels of HAZWOPER training:
General Site Remediation can be further broken down into the following classes:
  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER: designed for students who are plant workers, environmental engineers, or involved in other safety and health operations
  • 24-Hour HAZWOPER: similar to the 40-hour class, but designed for employees who have a much lower risk of exposure
  • 8-Hour Annual Refresher: required refresher class for all levels
  • 8-Hour Supervisor: supplementary course that teaches management skills, planning, and specific site safety for management positions
Emergency Response Operations can be further broken down into the following levels:

  • HAZWOPER First Responder Awareness (FRA): designed for individuals who may witness a hazardous substance release and alert the proper authorities
  • HAZWOPER First Responder Operations (FRO): designed for "first line" responders who will protect people, property, and environment; stops the spill from spreading and prevents further exposure from a safe distance
  • On-Scene Incident Commander: compliments the First Responder Awareness course; designed for individuals to assume control of a chemical release
  • Hazardous Materials Technician (HAZMAT Tech): designed for individuals who respond to chemical releases to stop the release; this discipline includes emergency response planning and incident command system
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist (HAZMAT Specialist): similar to HAZMAT Tech, but with in-depth training on chemicals, toxicology; would be the role responsible for communicating with government authorities
When do I have to take a refresher course?
HAZWOPER re-certification must be completed every year by the anniversary date of the initial training.

To learn more about state requirements for HAZWOPER training, visit. To find approved HAZWOPER courses near you, visit Zack Academy. Zack Academy offers a variety of hazardous waste training courses both locally and online.

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