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Which HAZWOPER Course Should You Take?

By July 16, 2018 No Comments
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A Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response course, commonly known as HAZWOPER, can arm your employees with the knowledge to properly handle a spill and be in compliance with OSHA 1910.120 regulations. But how do you know which course is the right one?

The level of training you need depends on your role and whether you are general site personnel, emergency response or TSDF (treatment, storage and disposal facility). Not everyone needs the full 40 hours of HAZWOPER. The five courses are broken down based on level of training sequence and certifications needed.  

EMERGENCY RESPONSE HAZWOPER

HAZWOPER Awareness (4 hr)

Emergency Response

Who needs it?

  • First Responders
  • HAZMAT Technician
  • HAZMAT Specialist
  • Incident Commander

The HAZWOPER Awareness course is the basic level. It provides training and education to employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response operations for releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances without regard to hazard location or their hazard response level.  

First responders at the awareness level are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and notify the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.

Read more about HAZWOPER Awareness.

HAZWOPER Operations (8 hr)

Emergency Response

Who needs it?

  • First Responders
  • HAZMAT Technician
  • HAZMAT Specialist
  • Incident Commander

The HAZWOPER Operations course is designed for first responders at the operations level. Similar to the awareness level, they are personnel likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and then initiate an emergency response by notifying the proper authorities of the release but, in addition, have the ability to contain or control a leak.

Read more about HAZWOPER Operations.

HAZWOPER TREATMENT, DISPOSAL, STORAGE OF WASTE

HAZWOPER Technician (24 hr)

Who needs it?

Emergency Response

  • HAZMAT Technicians
  • HAZMAT Specialists
  • Incident Commanders

Site Clean-up Operations

  • Occasional Site Worker

Treatment, Storage and Disposal of Hazardous Waste

  • Site Workers

The HAZWOPER Technician Level (OSHA) (HAZMAT) 24-hour course is designed to make employees capable of acting as the technician or incident commander only after the employee has become familiar with and has demonstrated through their company the additional requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120. Upon completion, 24-hour first responders are personnel who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release, initiate an emergency response by notifying the proper authorities of the release. This training will enable employees to assume a higher role by actively containing or controlling a leak.

Read more about the 24 hr level course.

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HAZWOPER Technician (40 hr)

Who needs it?

Site Clean-up Operations

  • Site Worker with 3 days field experience
  • Manager or Supervisor with 3 days field experience and 8 hours of supervisor training

The HAZWOPER Technician 40 hr course is required for employees working on a project consisting of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the United States government. This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, storage, disposal or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. Trainees must have additional hands-on training in the donning, doffing and use of the Personal Protective Equipment required for their jobsite(s).

Read more about the 40 hr level course.

HAZWOPER Refresher Course

Who needs it?

Annual 8 hrs of refresher training

  • Site Workers on clean-up operations
  • Occasional Site Workers
  • Managers
  • Site workers at TSD facilities

Competency-based

  • First responders
  • HAZMAT Technicians
  • HAZMAT Specialists
  • Incident Commanders

The HAZWOPER Refresher course meets the OSHA requirements for annual refresher training for workers at hazardous waste sites. This course is designed for general site workers who remove, are exposed to or are potentially-exposed to hazardous waste, hazardous substances or health hazards.

Read more about the refresher course.

Contact us today to learn more or register for HAZWOPER course.

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