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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Courses in New England

Renew or Get Your OSHA HAZWOPER Certification Through Our 8-Hour, 16-Hour, 24-Hour, or 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Courses Online or in Person

Among the key things that OSHA requires employers under the HAZWOPER standard includes providing adequate training to employees who are exposed to or working with hazardous substances. These employees include supervisors and site managers as well as both permanent and temporary employees.

The training aims to reduce exposure risks when treating, storing, cleaning up, and disposing of hazardous substances, especially in emergency response procedures. Employers must provide a safe workplace for their employees to minimize injuries and fatalities caused by various hazardous materials used in the general and construction industry.

RPF Environmental is composed of licensed environmental professionals with years of experience in the industry who will provide you with certified HAZWOPER refresher and training programs. We have been helping businesses comply with OSHA and EPA regulations by providing various workplace safety courses to prevent liabilities and violations.


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Online and In-Person OSHA HAZWOPER Training Programs Taught By Certified Professionals

Employers and employees covered by OSHA’s HAZWOPER standards are required to complete training that matches their job function and duties. RPF Environmental offers the following HAZWOPER courses that comply with the certification requirements under 29 CFR 1910.120:

40-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Full-time general site workers should obtain an OSHA HAZWOPER 40-hour training certification before they start working at hazardous job sites. It provides employees with an in-depth knowledge of safe work practices, emergency response strategies, decontamination methods, site characterization, types of hazards, and others.

24-Hour HAZWOPER Training

A HAZWOPER 24-hour training is designed for emergency responders, occasional site workers, and those visiting uncontrolled hazardous waste sites along with individuals exposed to minimal levels of hazardous substances. It covers common worksite hazards and safety topics.

16-Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade

This is an upgrade to the 40-hour HAZWOPER training and is for those who have already completed a 24-hour HAZWOPER training. By receiving 16 additional training hours, you won’t need to attend a 40-hour training in its entirety.

8-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Those who already have a HAZWOPER certification (24-hour or 40-hour) should take a HAZWOPER 8-hour annual refresher course to maintain their certification. This training aims to freshen up the skills of the employees.

Our HAZWOPER courses are taught by certified industrial hygienists, emergency responders, field inspectors, safety professionals, and health and safety professionals so you can trust our expertise.

Other environmental health and safety trainings we provide include Hazard Communication (HAZ COM), Lockout/Tagout (LOTO), and confined space courses.


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What You Need to Know About OSHA's HAZWOPER Training

What Is the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard?

The OSHA HAZWOPER standards are specified in 29 CFR 1910.120 for the general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65 for the construction industry. These standards include the required operational procedures for the safe handling, transportation, storage, cleanup, and disposal of hazardous substances.

They focus on the employer’s responsibility in ensuring that their employees are prepared when it comes to dealing with hazardous substances and executing emergency responses. They also require workers to be properly trained so that they can perform their duties without putting themselves or other people in danger. Thus, reducing the risk of serious injuries and health complications as well as creating a safe workplace.

Who Is Required to Have OSHA HAZWOPER Training?

The OSHA standard specified five groups of employees and employers who should complete a HAZWOPER certification. These are those who work in:

  • Corrective actions at sites specified under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Clean-up activities required by governmental bodies at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
  • Voluntary clean-up activities at recognized uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
  • Operations related to hazardous waste at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) sites that are regulated under RCRA
  • Emergency response operations dealing with potential hazardous substance releases

In addition to the above situations, employees who work in hazardous waste facilities but don’t necessarily handle hazardous substances themselves should also receive training.

Examples of Jobs That Require HAZWOPER Training

Workers Who Should Take a 40-Hour HAZWOPER Course
  • General site workers (equipment operators and general laborers)
  • On-site supervisors and management
  • Other general site workers
Workers Who Should Take a 24-Hour HAZWOPER Course
  • Emergency responders
  • Hazardous materials supervisors
  • Hazardous materials specialists
  • Hazardous materials technicians
  • On-site incident commanders
  • Management and supervisors
  • TSD facility workers

What Does OSHA Consider a Hazardous Substance or Situation?

HAZWOPER standards apply to the following hazardous substances and conditions as specified by OSHA:

  • IDLH environments
  • Oxygen-deficient atmospheres
  • Evacuation situations
  • Explosion and fire hazards
  • Life-threatening situations
  • High concentrations of toxic substances
  • Conditions that require immediate attention

Which HAZWOPER Course Do You Need?

The type of training you will need will depend on your job role and duties. While an annual 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher course is required for those who have already completed their initial training, 24-hour and 48-hour trainings are for:

  • 40-Hour HAZWOPER Course – For workers whose risk is at the highest like those working with hazardous substances regularly and need to wear PPE often.
  • 24-Hour HAZWOPER Course – For workers who are not involved in handling hazardous substances directly but come into contact with them occasionally

What Is the Difference Between 24-Hour and 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

HAZWOPER 40-hour is more in-depth compared to 24-hour training. Moreover, a 40-hour course is taken by most new employees who will always be exposed to hazardous substances. A 24-hour course is designed for workers who are exposed to minimal levels of hazardous substances.

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Book your online or in-person HAZWOPER training with us now and get your HAZWOPER certification at prices you can afford! Learn how to handle hazardous materials safely and protect yourself from the dangers of potential hazardous substance releases. For employers, we help you protect your business from costly liabilities and violations by ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations. Contact us now!

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