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Hazwoper 40 Training & Certification

Whether you want Hazwoper 40 certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the Hazwoper 40 training you want in the way you want it and at a price, you can afford.

We offer three different types of safety training for Hazwoper 40?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant Hazwoper 40 training PowerPoint presentation to train a group of people at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer we offer a train the trainer course.

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Online Training

Hazwoper 40 training online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign courses to their employees. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

The Hazwoper 40 train the trainer course is meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost. Results in a lifetime certification. More Info

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Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for Hazwoper 40 hands-on training at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Hazwoper 40 Training Course (Boom & Scissor Lift Training Course)?

Our Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-hour training is fully compliant with these regulations, as well as those governing employees working in hazardous waste operations or emergency response.
Our comprehensive 40-Hour course reviews a variety of topics that relate to HAZWOPER, including site characterization, hazard recognition, toxicology, radiation hazards, personal protective equipment (PPE), and decontamination methods. It also covers best practices for preparing for and responding to emergencies that involve hazardous waste.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 29 CFR Part 1910.120

  • 29 CFR 1926.65

Hazwoper 40 Train the Trainer Certification

The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Hazwoper 40 Competent Person Training

OSHA defines a “competent person” as someone who “is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in [their] surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees.” A competent person has the authorization to take “prompt corrective measures” to minimize or eliminate hazards. They have enough training and/or experience to be “capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation and has the authority to correct them.”

Some standards do have additional, specific requirements that must be met in order for an employee to be considered a competent person. Our Competent Person option fulfills these specific requirements.

Why do I need Hazwoper 40 training?

OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard requires all employees who are exposed to or handle hazardous materials must take a 24-hour or 40-hour HAZWOPER Training Course before they are permitted to engage in hazardous waste operations (which training they need will depend on an employee’s job function and responsibilities). Additionally, an 8-hour refresher training must be completed annually.
A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

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Hazwoper Frequently Asked Questions

What is HAZWOPER?

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) was enacted by OSHA in 1990. It is designed to protect workers involved in the initial stages of a chemical release emergency, the subsequent clean-up of a site once the emergency has been stabilized, and the clean-up of previous chemical contamination.

Who needs HAZWOPER training

HAZWOPER is designed to reduce the risks of chemical exposure to employees who will be working on an uncontrolled hazardous waste site or a treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF). It is also designed for emergency responders.
More specifically, these employees need HAZWOPER:

  • Those who may be exposed to high concentrations of poisonous substances
  • Those who may be exposed to chemicals that pose explosion or fire hazards
  • Personnel entering sites with IDLH atmospheres
  • Personnel who may be exposed to an oxygen-deficient atmosphere
  • Those who are in charge of emergency response, including evacuations due to IDLH conditions
  • Those performing confined space entry
  • Anyone who supervises employees performing the above work

Can training be completed online??

Traditionally, HAZWOPER has been taught through conventional, instructor-led programs. However, with technology improvements, online safety training is becoming more accessible to employers. It offers a great deal of flexibility and can be a more cost-effective option than on-site training. HAZWOPER training is well-suited to the elearning format.
Of course, there are limits to taking HAZWOPER courses online. There are essential components to HAZWOPER that can only be completed on site (donning and doffing PPE, for example). We provide a checklist to help guide trainers, if needed, in this practical assessment; this allows each employer to use the specific PPE and equipment they’ll have onsite. It also allows employers to address site- or job- specific hazards.

What is HAZWOPER?

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) was enacted by OSHA in 1990. It is designed to protect workers involved in the initial stages of a chemical release emergency, the subsequent clean-up of a site once the emergency has been stabilized, and the clean-up of previous chemical contamination.

How long is HAZWOPER certification good for?

HAZWOPER certification is valid for 12 months, at which time refresher (8-hour) training is required in order to stay certified.

It has been more than 12 months since I took my initial HAZWOPER training or refresher training. What do I do now?

Employees should stay up-to-date in the refresher (8-hour) training; however, it is understandable that courses may be missed because of unavoidable circumstances. If you have missed a refresher training course, you must attend the next available course. If a substantial amount of time has passed since your initial (24- or 40-hour) or refresher training, then you may need to repeat the initial training. The time frame within which it would be necessary to provide extensive retraining must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, employees must be trained sufficiently to allow them to perform their expected job duties in a safe and healthful manner.

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