Table of Contents

  1. Level 1: Site Cleanup Operations
  2. Level 2: Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities
  3. Level 3: Emergency Response 
  4. Train Your Employees Through Hazmat School

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) is a training standard under OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.120 [b-p]. OSHA has established three distinct HAZWOPER training levels to ensure everyone on the job has the knowledge required to prevent health and safety risks.

Let’s take a look at what these levels are all about.

Level 1: Site Cleanup Operations

All employees must receive detailed training on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), risk mitigation practices, engineering controls and more. These levels of training will strengthen a work site’s performance to decrease the risk of safety and health hazards. Here’s a look at the types of training required by OSHA for different workers:

  • General site workers: Equipment operators and laborers must receive at least 40 hours of off-site training with three days of in-field experience.
  • Occasional site workers: Those unlikely to be exposed to large amounts of hazardous material and working occasionally on limited tasks, such as land surveying, must receive 24 hours of off-site training with one day of field experience.
  • Management and supervisors:  Management and supervisory personnel must undergo 40 hours of initial training, three days of field experience, and eight hours of specialized instruction on PPE and health hazard monitoring techniques.

Level 2: Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities

Employers are responsible for training programs to educate new and current employees in treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities. These workers must complete 24 hours of initial training and eight hours every year after that. This program aims to provide employees with a solid understanding of how to carry out their duties safely and securely.

Level 3: Emergency Response

Training for emergency response employees is separated into five levels, including:

  • First responder awareness: Those likely to discover a hazardous substance accident must complete training to identify substances and understand potential outcomes, risks and how to notify the correct parties.
  • First responder operations: Employers must train their first responders for at least eight hours to contain the release of hazardous materials and prevent exposures using risk assessment techniques, PPE and decontamination strategies.
  • Hazardous materials technicians: Hazardous materials technicians receive the equivalent of 24 hours of first responder operational training, mastery of chemical and toxicological knowledge, and use of advanced techniques to stop substance releases.
  • Hazardous materials specialists: Specialists surpass the 24 hours of technician training to gain skills in identifying known and unknown materials, executing specialized confinement procedures, and developing a site safety plan.
  • On-scene incident commanders: These commanders receive 24 hours of first responder operations level training and have competency in implementing employer, local and state emergency response plans to assume total control of the incident.

Train Your Employees Through Hazmat School

Strengthen your site safety and performance with high-quality HAZWOPER training solutions from Hazmat School. Our knowledgeable instructors deliver exceptional online course experiences to answer all your questions and meet your OSHA certification requirements.

Contact us online or call us at 877-674-2669 to learn more about our HAZWOPER training

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