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HAZWOPER is an acronym for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. It refers to five types of hazardous waste operations conducted in the United States under OSHA Standard 1910.120.
The standard contains the safety requirements employers must meet in order to conduct these operations.
The HAZWOPER standard covers 5 specific areas of operations, including:
- Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether Federal, state local or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (including, but not limited to, the EPA’s National Priority Site List (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL, and initial investigations of government identified sites which are conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained);
- Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq);
- Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
- Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S.E.P.A. to implement RCRA regulations; and
- Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
Levels of Training
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, 3 days of supervised hands on training, and 8 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, 1 day supervised hands on training, and 8 hours of refresher training annually
- Managers and supervisors require the same level of training as the people they supervise, plus 8 additional hours of training
- Workers who are working at a Treatment, Storage, or Disposal facility that handles RCRA wastes requir 24 hours of initial training and 8 hours of refresher training annually
- First Responder Awareness Level require sufficient training to demonstrate competency in their assigned duties
- First Responder Operations Level requires awareness level training plus an additional 8 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
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