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Scrap & Material Handler Training & Certification

Whether you want Scrap & Material Handler 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 Scrap & Material Handler 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 Scrap & Material Handler?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's an OSHA compliant Scrap & Material Handler 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.

Online Training

Scrap & Material Handler 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 Scrap & Material Handler 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

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for Scrap & Material Handler 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 Scrap & Material Handler 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:

  • Encompasses these 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)

  • Encompasses these 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

Scrap & Material Handler 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.

Scrap & Material Handler 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 Scrap & Material Handler 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.

  • 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)

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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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