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What Is the 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Good For?

There are many rules that dictate what you can and cannot do when working with or around hazardous trash and hazardous materials. HAZWOPER training is one of these rules. It is required for anyone working on or around hazardous materials.

People who complete this program learn how to recognize different kinds of hazardous materials, respond to emergency situations, safeguard themselves from dangers on the jobsite, and safely store chemicals when not in use, just to name a few. By educating staff members about safety protocols before they enter the field or encounter an emergency, the aim is to create a secure work environment.

All employees should have access to workplace safety education and training. HAZWOPER training equips cleanup and emergency response personnel with the skills necessary to work safely in situations involving hazardous materials. This training focuses on the standards and processes that reduce the risk of injury or disease brought on by hazardous exposures at work.

As mentioned above, HAZWOPER training is a required course for anyone working with hazardous materials. Failure to complete the course could result in a large fine or possible job loss. The HAZWOPER training exam typically consists of a number of questions chosen to accurately test your knowledge retention.


At Hard Hat Training, our HAZWOPER training course is broken down into multiple modules. This is to ensure that information is streamlined and relevant. While the modules may vary in length there will be questions at the end of every module.There is a short answer response question, pertaining to the module.Sometimes these take the form of case studies or other examples. Following the short answer are a few multiple choice questions. These questions are pulled from the exam, this is meant to familiarize applicants with the material and structure.

How Many Questions Are on the HAZWOPER Test?

While the amount of questions may vary depending on what course you are completing, at Hard Hat Training, our exam has 161 multiple choice questions. The tests and quizzes are not meant to be challenging. Rather, they’re designed to make sure the trainee is engaged in the course.

How Many Times Can You Take the HAZWOPER 40 Final Exam?

You are allowed to retake the exam as many times as necessary. All you need is an 80% to pass the exam. If you do fail, you will get feedback on the subjects that you might need to focus on more if you want to succeed.

How Long Does 40-Hour HAZWOPER Take To Complete?

The training’s duration is in the name, HAZWOPER is a 40-hour training. Now, that may seem excessive, but worker safety is the number one priority. Our training is designed around 20 modules, including:

Each person who qualifies for 40-hour HAZWOPER training must be provided with a written certificate. Employers are in charge of making sure workers receive the training necessary to carry out their tasks safely. OSHA alignment officers will examine the emergency response plans of any workplace. They will also question staff members about their training.

OSHA may issue citations to employers who failed to ensure that workers had the proper training or to those who failed to provide training. In fact, data on OSHA violations for HAZWOPER shows that training and emergency response plan failures are where employers are most frequently penalized.

HAZWOPER training is still necessary for workers at hazardous waste sites who are not actively involved in cleanup tasks. These workers must be thoroughly trained by an on-site supervisor and be protected in line with the HAZWOPER standard. They must also adhere to a site-specific safety and health plan.

When new information from site characterization indicates that there is little to no risk of employee exposure to hazardous material, a decreased level of PPE and worker training may be permitted.

Who Falls Under the HAZWOPER Standard of OSHA?

HAZWOPER applies to employees engaged in any of the following activities who are exposed to hazardous materials, including hazardous waste.

Why Do We Have HAZWOPER Training?

The United States generates more than 400 million tons of hazardous garbage annually. Workers around the nation keep the public safe by storing, handling, and disposing of hazardous material in the right ways. We also have HAZWOPER guidelines and training to keep people safe.

In 1976, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed by Congress . Although it controls how hazardous waste is handled, we have been mishandling waste for decades. It was obvious by 1978 that we required a better way to address concerns.

The news was dominated by a few extreme cases. One was a terrible sickness that swept through Love Canal, a neighborhood constructed on top of buried trash. Another headline involved polluted runoff from the “Valley of the Drums,” a private Kentucky landfill where thousands of rotting barrels were dumped. Congress responded by enacting the Superfund Act.

Twelve years later, they requested that OSHA create safeguards for the workers engaged in the cleanup and disposal of hazardous waste. Using these as a starting point and suggestions from various other organizations, OSHA produced the HAZWOPER standard. HAZWOPER was published by OSHA in 1990.

How Long Does the Course Certification Last?

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER certification is valid for one year. Each year, employees must enroll in a refresher course to keep their certification current. Requirements state that if a person has gone three years without receiving refresher training, the entire initial 40-Hour training must be repeated.

The refresher training should be kept up to date by the employees. In the event that an employee misses a refresher training session, they must sign up for the next session. Repeating your first training may be required if a sizable period of time has passed since your refresher or initial training. In the end, employees must receive adequate training to enable them to carry out their expected job obligations in a safe and healthy manner.