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This online course provides a thorough, in-depth education in OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standards, which require employees to complete appropriate HAZWOPER training prior to entering or beginning work on an uncontrolled hazardous waste operation.

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Who Needs OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

OSHA recommends workplace safety training for a safe and healthful work environment. This is why those who work on a job site where hazardous materials are present and who have never taken HAZWOPER training need this course. Both general construction workers and management benefit from this training, including new hazardous waste and emergency response workers, hazardous materials technicians, hazardous materials specialists, and on-scene incident commanders. Onsite training for general site workers is also required to satisfy OSHA standards. Requirements based upon role are directly below.

General Site Workers (Equipment Operators, General Laborers and Supervisory Personnel)

If you're involved in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose you to hazardous substances and health hazards, the OSHA standard requires you to receive a minimum of 40 hours of offsite instruction, plus a minimum of 3 days onsite field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor. It is your responsibility to talk to your employer or potential employer about completing the 1-day supervised field experience requirement.

Management and Supervisors

If you're a manager/supervisor, your training may be reduced from 40 hours to 24 hours and one onsite day if the only area of your responsibility is employees covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii) under this part, and at least eight additional hours of specialized training at the time of job assignment on such topics as, but not limited to, the employer's safety and health program and the associated employee training program, personal protective equipment program, spill containment program, and health hazard monitoring procedure and techniques.

Workers who can reduce from 40 to 24 hours:

1910.120(e)(3)(ii) – Workers onsite only occasionally for a specific limited task (such as, but not limited to, ground monitoring, land surveying, or geophysical surveying) and who are unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and the minimum of 1 day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.

1910.120(e)(3)(iii) – Workers regularly onsite who work in areas which have been monitored and fully characterized indicating that exposures are under permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits where respirators are not necessary, and the characterization indicates that there are no health hazards or the possibility of an emergency developing, shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and the minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Benefits

All construction workers should have access to proper, high-quality workplace safety training and education. This course has been structured and designed to be convenient, effective and accommodating for all students.

  • OSHA-Authorized training with access to an authorized trainer for any content-related questions
  • Audio narration and interactive exercises
  • Real-life case scenarios
  • Download or print fact sheets for each topic for final exam preparation and your reference
  • Links to OSHA regulations
  • Take the online course where and when you can – All you need is internet access

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Topics

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Agencies and Regulations
  • Fall Hazards
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by Hazards
  • Caught in Hazards
  • Confined Spaces
  • Excavations
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Prevention
  • Types of Hazards
  • Toxicology
  • Hazardous Communication
  • Level of Protection
  • PPE
  • Respirators
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Drums and Containers
  • Ergonomics
  • Decontamination
  • Site Safety Planning
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Site Emergencies
  • Managing Safety and Health

Get your Certificate of Completion

Upon completion of the course, you'll will receive an American Safety Council certificate of completion, which is downloadable so you can give a copy to your employer as proof of your training. Duplicates can also be downloaded at any time for your convenience.

Instructor Access

A qualified instructor is available to you via email within your Learning Management System (LMS). You'll typically receive a response within a few hours and be guaranteed one within 24 hours. This is a critical advantage to our quality program.


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