OSHA HAZWOPER Training Courses Online
Courses Meet OSHA Regulations
The U.S. government passed the Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act in 1996. As a result, OSHA created and began enforcing standards for HAZWOPER, short for hazardous waste operations and emergency response, for employers and employees engaged in hazardous waste operations such as those responsible for responding to emergencies involving hazardous waste and cleaning up hazardous waste sites.
General HAZWOPER regulations are mandated under standard 29 CRF 1910.120. That standard outlines health and safety requirements for employers to follow to protect workers who run the risk of potential exposure to hazardous substances. It also sets the training criteria required to ensure worker health and safety during emergency responses and cleanup of hazardous materials.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAZWOPER COURSES
According to OSHA, the purpose of HAZWOPER is to minimize and prevent worker injury and illness that could result from exposure to hazardous materials. Since this is the goal of the HAZWOPER standards, it’s only natural that designated employers and their employees must undergo general or occasional site worker HAZWOPER training courses. In general, employers and employees in five distinct groups must take an initial round of HAZWOPER training and complete subsequent training courses every year thereafter. To ensure safety and health, other trainings that might be needed in conjunction with HAZWOPER are as follows:
- Lead awareness, construction safety
- HAZMAT training
- Confined space awareness
- OSHA training specifically OSHA construction
- Hazard communication training
- DOT hazmat training
- Personal protective equipment
- In classroom training
- Scaffolding safety
- Other safety response training
HAZWOPER courses are vital to ensure worker safety as well as the well-being of the general public and the environment. Exposure to hazardous materials can result in both short- and long-term health and environmental issues that can even result in death. To prevent those things from happening, or at least to minimize the instances in which they occur, OSHA requires certain employers and their employees to undergo annual training that can prove to be life-saving in emergency or sometimes daily situations.
HAZMAT SCHOOL OSHA HAZWOPER COURSES
Hazmat School offers OSHA’s 24-hour HAZWOPER Occasional Site Worker certification training as well as the annual HAZWOPER refresher training and online training for HAZWOPER supervisors. Since we offer our HAZWOPER courses over the internet, you’re able to start and complete your required training at times that are convenient for you. When you finish your OSHA-approved course and pass the final exam, you’ll receive your HAZWOPER certification online immediately.
INITIAL HAZWOPER COURSES
Hazmat School offers both initial and refresher courses in HAZWOPER. The initial HAZWOPER training generally consists of a 24-hour course but may need to be upgraded to a HAZWOPER 40-hour course. Your job type and level of experience will determine the specific training course you’ll need to take. Usually, anyone working around hazardous materials above the PEL are required to wear respirators and will need the 40-hour HAZWOPER certification. You are able to take the 24-hour HAZWOPER training online but the additional 16-hour upgrade is required to be done as hands-on training per OSHA.
WHO NEEDS HAZWOPER TRAINING?
First lets break down the 3 categories and their requirements:
- Cleanup site workers – 29 CFR 1910.120(e) are workers directly involved in a hazardous substance or hazardous waste cleanup activity such as anyone who works at a Superfund site.
- TSDF workers – 29 CFR 1910.120(p) are personnel who work at permitted hazardous waste facilities that treat, store, and dispose of hazardous waste.
- Emergency responders – 29 CFR 1910.120(q) are employees who respond to emergencies involving hazardous substances such as firefighters or employees who handle on-site emergency response for their employer.
You may be required to take HAZWOPER training if you are:
- Performing work at a listed or proposed for listing on the Superfund National Priority List or State Priority List.
- Conducting operations at corrective action sites covered by U.S. EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- Handling contaminated soil and/or groundwater.
- Participating in construction work in which hazardous substances may potentially be present.
- Involved in construction work in which hazardous substances may potentially be present.
- Removing or handling of underground tanks and/or piping.
- General Site Cleanup Workers who are exposed to hazardous substances at or above the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits.
HAZWOPER REFRESHER COURSES
Our online HAZWOPER refresher training courses will enable you to remain in compliance with federal regulations when completed promptly. At least eight hours of HAZWOPER online training is required every year after you earn your initial certification. If you fail to complete your HAZWOPER refresher training every 12 months, you may have to repeat your initial training.
WHY TAKE OSHA HAZWOPER COURSES WITH HAZMAT SCHOOL
We know you have a variety of ways to get the HAZWOPER training you need to start a new career or continue with your current one, but we can assure you that Hazmat School is your best option. Our entirely online HAZWOPER training courses are guaranteed to satisfy OSHA mandates. You can take our training courses any time of day or night and complete them from any location.
Because people take our courses at all hours, we ensure remote instructors are available around the clock to assist our students. We provide superior customer support, which is unrivaled by our competitors. Your remote instructor will also never let you miss your HAZWOPER refresher deadline. We will send you a reminder when your course is coming up for renewal so you don’t let your HAZWOPER certification lapse.
Our training courses aren’t just convenient and well-supported. They’re also affordable for individuals, corporations and groups. We offer discounts of as much as 20 percent to groups, corporations and government employees.
Training overviews can be found on subsequent course pages at the top of the page. Browse our HAZWOPER training courses online and register for a certification or refresher course today to meet the requirements for your industry.