Hazwoper Training Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

What is Hazwoper training?

hazwoper_training_2There are many sources for OSHA-compliant HAZWOPER training. Community colleges, labor unions, employers, and training companies are all good sources for training. The employer must ensure the training provider covers the areas of knowledge required by the standard and provides certification to the students that they have passed the training. The certification attaches to the student, not the employer, so it is imperative that the trainer cover all aspects of HAZWOPER operations, not just those expected at the current worksite (EPA’s formerly comprehensive approach). However OSHA’s interpretations now require clean-up workers (to have focus on PPE) separated from emergency response (to deal with hazardous materials unknowns).

So now that Hazwoper has been described, what are the different levels of training that go along with it?

OSHA recognizes several levels of training, based on the work the employee will be performing and the level of hazard they will be facing. Each level requires a different training program, and OSHA specifies topics and minimum training times.

  • General site workers initially require 40 hours of instruction, three days of supervised hands on training, and eight hours of refresher training annually
  • Workers limited to a specific task or workers on fully characterized sites with no hazards above acceptable levels require 24 hours of initial training, one day supervised hands on training, and eight hours of refresher training annually
  • Managers and supervisors require the same level of training as the people they supervise, plus eight additional hours of training
  • Workers who are working at a Treatment, Storage, or Disposal facility that handles RCRA wastes require 24 hours of initial training and eight hours of refresher training annually
  • First Responder Awareness level require sufficient training to demonstrate competency in their assigned duties
  • First Responder Operations level Awareness level training plus eight hours training
  • Hazardous Materials Technician 24 hours training plus additional training to achieve competency in several areas
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist 24 hours training at the technician level, plus additional training to achieve competency in several areas
  • On Scene Incident commander 24 hours training plus additional training to achieve competency in several areas
  • In all there are 18 different points to training. The basic premise is that it is for preventing exposure or mitigating dangerous situations fire, explosion or chemical exposure.

hazwoper_trainingThe training is what makes HAZWOPER unique. In some instances the training levels may or may not overlap in other cases these are prohibited by OSHA because workers without specific training may not be able to characterize waste unless trained to do that task. The Site Safety Supervisor or Officer should be consulted and a competent industrial hygienist or other technically qualified person who is HAZWOPER trained.

The following summaries of the 40, 24, and 8 hour course offerings.

 

40-hour HAZWOPER Training [29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i)]

hazmatThis initial Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training class is typically held over the course of 5 working days. The 40-hour training course is intended to cover “general site workers” in accordance with the regulation. General site workers are defined in the regulation as: equipment operators; general laborers and supervisory personnel engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substance and health hazards. After the 40-hour class, the regulation requires at least 3 days of actual field experience, under the direction of a properly trained and experienced supervisor.

Typical topics covered in the 40-hour HAZWOPER class are:

  • Regulatory Overview
  • Physical, Chemical and Biological Hazards
  • HAZMAT Toxicology (H&S action levels)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Usage
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Safety and Health Program Requirements and Site-Specific Health and Safety Plans
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Introduction to air monitoring
  • Introduction to environmental sample collection techniques
  • Decontamination Procedures

The 40-Hour HAZWOPER class includes hands-on tabletop exercises and at least one simulated hazardous waste clean-up/ decontamination exercise.

 

24-hour HAZWOPER Training [29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(ii),(iii),(iv)]

hazwoper_training_3This initial Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training class is typically held over the course of 3 working days. The 24-hour training course is intended to cover occasional site workers in accordance with the regulation. Workers requiring the 24-hour

HAZWOPER training are outlined in the regulatory paragraphs referenced above and are generally described as:

Workers on site only occasionally for a specific, limited task (e.g. groundwater monitoring, land surveyor, geophysical surveyors, etc…) who are unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits (PELs).

Workers who are regularly on site, but work in areas that have been fully characterized and where exposures are not expected to be above PELs and respirators are not expected to be used.

After the 24-hour class, the regulation requires at least 1 day of actual field experience under the direction of a properly trained and experienced supervisor.

Typical topics covered in the 24-hour HAZWOPER class are:

  • Regulatory Overview
  • Hazard Communication
  • Physical, Chemical and Biological Hazards
  • HAZMAT Toxicology (H&S action levels)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Usage
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Introduction to air monitoring
  • Introduction to environmental sample collection techniques
  • Decontamination Procedures

 

8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training [29 CFR 1910.120(e)(8)]

Generally, workers that are HAZWOPER certified require an 8-hour refresher training annually. Each refresher course is tailored as best as possible to the needs of the individual class. A review of the following topics is typical for a refresher class:

  • Regulatory Update
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Spill Containment and Control
  • PPE
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Site-Safety Plans
  • Site Control/ Decontamination
  • Introduction to Incident Command System

 

What can Mantis do for you?

hazwoper_training_1Mantis offers its own in house OSHA/ Hazwoper training by our owner, Brent George. He has 28 years in the environmental field services industry and loves what he does. Not only does his knowledge of the field make the class invaluable to your knowledge, but his approach to teaching engages the whole class to make it an experience for everybody.

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