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Scrap & Material Handler Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or CSA.

We Offer Three Differnt Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a 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 training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment 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 Training Course?

Our Scrap & Material Handler training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on anatomy and inspection, stability, safe operations, and common hazards.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the anatomy of the scrap and material handler. We will discuss general components you should check during a pre-shift inspection. Then, we will cover some stability principles for you to keep in mind as you operate the machine. Next, we will talk about safe operating principles as they relate to your machine and your worksite. Finally, we will go over the common hazards that come with working in or around scrap handlers. We will read some investigated accident profiles to see real-life examples of when operators ignored safe operating principles.
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.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.
Intended Audience:

- Operators
- Employees
- 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:

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • ASME B30.25-2018 – Scrap and Material Handlers
  • 29 CFR 1926.600 – Equipment
  • 29 CFR 1926.601 – Motor Vehicles
  • 29 CFR 1926.28 – PPE
  • General Duty Clause 5(a)(1)
  • Canada Standards

  • ASME B30.25-2018 – Scrap and Material Handlers
  • CAN/CSA-B352.0-09: ROPS, FOPS (General Mobile Equipment
  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • CSA Z96 – High Visibility Apparel
  • CSA Z617-06 – PPE
  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties
  • 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.

    Why Do I Need Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates scrap and material handlers must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. 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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    Did You Know?

    The nonferrous recycling industry reports around 3,000 injuries and illnesses per year. (OSHA)

    The world’s largest material handler weighs 460 tons. (Recycling Product News)

    Each year, there are more than 700 employee deaths involving machinery. (NCBI)

    The LTM is also the longest telescopic boom in the world at 100 meters (about 109 yards). (Source:

    Scrap & Material Handler Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the difference between a scrap material handler and an excavator?

    Excavators are designed to be used as earthmovers. Most commonly, they are employed on construction projects and excavation operations. While scrap material handlers look similar to an excavator, they are designed specifically to handle bulk materials. They are most often used in scrap yards and recycling facilities for loading, unloading, sorting, cutting, stockpiling, and moving materials.

    Why should I purchase a scrap material handler that is for sale?

    A scrap material handler can expedite your material handling operations on site. They are built to be highly efficient and mobile. With a longer reach, better visibility from the cab, and less emissions, these machines are ideal for any of your material handling needs. They come with various attachments to perform different tasks, such as grapples, shears, suspended magnets, and crushers.

    Which scrap material handler is right for me?

    Scrap material handlers come in four configurations: crawler, rail-mounted, pedestal-mounted, and wheel-mounted. The crawler handler comes with tracks to allow for rough terrain travel. The rail-mounted handler travels on railroad tracks, so it is only used in the railway industry. The pedestal-mounted model is stationary, meaning that the machine can’t move from where it’s installed. It is often used in yards to sort, pile, and load materials. Finally, the wheel-mounted handler is extremely mobile. It is great for jobs where the handler needs to travel across expanses of stable, flat ground.

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