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Duration: 40-Hour
Course Synopsis
Hazardous waste (also called “hazardous substance” in HAZWOPER) includes discarded substances in solid, liquid, or gaseous form that can harm humans, other living organisms, or the environment. Nearly everything we do leaves behind some kind of waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified 500 types of hazardous waste and regulates them under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Attendees with be trained on protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment, and OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120.
Who Should Attend
This course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
None, but those with prior experience in Occupational Safety and Health will be an added benefit to the group as others may benefit from their valuable input.
What Will Attendants Learn?
On completion of this workshop the participants should:

  • Understand the purpose of OSHA and its role in regulating HAZWOPER.
  • Use Site Characterization to establish problems that may exist in your workplace and measures that can be implemented to eliminate hazards
  • Identify hazardous materials existent in the workplace and the possible methods, symptoms and preventative measures of exposure
  • Encourage the use of Material Safety Data sheets (MSDS) to identify and properly handle hazardous materials
  • Familiarize yourself with materials, compounds and mixtures that may present flammable, explosive, chemical or radiological hazards
  • Emphasize the importance of personal protective equipment in limiting hazardous exposure
  • Establish an effective Site Control Program to limit the risk of exposure to those working in the hazardous work zone
  • Implement procedures for treating workers in the event of hazardous exposure

Program Training Methods:

  • Theoretical Lectures (Power Point Presentations)
  • Team Participation
  • Practical Workshops.

Supporting Equipments
To effectively interact with the attendants, an LC projector, a sound system and a flip chart with markers need to be provided to the trainer.
Instruction Materials
Attendees shall receive the HAZWOPER training booklet.

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HAZWOPER 40-Hour Outline
Are you covered under HAZWOPER standards?
Types of Hazards

  • Chemical exposure.
  • Explosion and fire
  • Oxygen deficiency
  • Biological hazards.

Planning and Organization

  • Organizational structure
  • Work plan
  • Site safety plan
  • Safety management and inspections


  • Training program

Medical Program

  • Developing a program
  • Pre-employment screening
  • Periodic medical examination
  • Termination examination
  • Emergency treatment
  • Non-emergency treatment
  • Medical records
  • Program review

Site Characterization

  • On-site survey
  • Hazard assessment
  • Monitoring

Air Monitoring

  • Monitoring instruments
  • Site monitoring
  • Personal monitoring

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Developing a PPE program
  • Selection of respiratory equipment
  • Selection of protective clothing
  • PPE use

Site Control

  • Site map
  • Site preparation
  • Site work zone
  • The buddy system
  • Communication system
  • Safe work practices


  • Decontamination plan
  • Prevention of contamination
  • Types of contaminations
  • Decontamination methods
    1. Physical removal
    2. Chemical removal
  • Testing for effective decontamination
    1. Visual observation
    2. Wipe sampling
    3. Cleaning solution analysis
  • Health and safety hazards
  • Decontamination facility design
  • Decontamination equipment selection
  • Disposal methods
  • Personal protection
  • Emergency decontamination
  • Handling Drums and Containers
  • Inspection
  • Planning
  • Handling
  • Opening
  • Sampling
  • Characterization
  • Staging
  • Bulking
  • Shipment

Site Emergency

  • Planning
  • Personnel
    1. On-site
    2. Off-site
    3. Federal response organization
  • Training
  • Emergency recognition and prevention
  • Communications
  • Safe distance and refuges
  • Site security and control
  • Evacuation routes and procedures
  • Decontamination
  • Medical treatment / first aid
  • Emergency response procedure
  • Decontamination