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This online HAZWOPER course provides 40 hours of training on OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards. The course satisfies training requirements outlined in OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120, which requires workers to complete HAZWOPER training before starting work at an uncontrolled hazardous waste operation.

HAZWOPER training prepares cleanup and emergency response workers to operate safely during a variety of scenarios involving hazardous substances. This training covers policies, practices and procedures that reduce the risk of injury and illness related to harmful exposures on the worksite.

Who Needs OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

Most workers who are new to uncontrolled hazardous waste or emergency response operations are required to complete 40 hours of HAZWOPER training. This includes general site workers (such as laborers and equipment operators) and on-site management and supervisors.

Roles that require this training may include:

  • Equipment operators
  • General laborers
  • Other general site workers
  • On-site management and supervisory personnel

The 40-hour course is designed for workers who face the highest risk of exposure on the job. For workers and supervisors who are on site only occasionally and unlikely to be exposed above permissible exposure limits, 24-hour HAZWOPER training is appropriate. All workers who complete HAZWOPER training must take an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year.

Types of Work Covered by HAZWOPER Standards

According to OSHA standards, HAZWOPER training applies to workers and employers involved in five specific types of operations:

  • Uncontrolled hazardous waste cleanup operations required by a government body
  • Corrective actions involving cleanup operations at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites
  • Hazardous waste operations at treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities
  • Operations at non-TSD facilities that generate hazardous waste
  • Emergency response actions involving the potential release of hazardous substances

For a full list of operations that require HAZWOPER training, see OSHA's HAZWOPER standards.

Course Features

This online course satisfies OSHA's 40-hour HAZWOPER training requirement. It is fully narrated and contains interactive exercises and real-world examples. You have an unlimited number of attempts to pass each module quiz and the final exam, which require a score of 70% or higher.

Upon completion of the course, you'll receive an official certificate of completion, which you can instantly download and print. You can provide a certificate to your employer as proof of your training and download duplicates anytime for your convenience.

How Long Does HAZWOPER 40 Certification Last?

The 40-hour HAZWOPER certification remains valid for 12 months. To maintain your certification, you are required to complete an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year. If you miss the deadline, you may be required to retake the 40-hour course.

OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Benefits

All workers should have access to high-quality workplace safety training and education. This HAZWOPER course is designed to be convenient, effective and accommodating for all students.

Course benefits include:

  • Guaranteed to pass
  • OSHA-authorized training with access to a course trainer for questions
  • Audio narration and interactive exercises
  • Real-life case scenarios
  • Download or print fact sheets and final exam prep resources
  • Links to OSHA regulations
  • Train anywhere and anytime — All you need is internet access

Students have access to a qualified course instructor who can answer training questions by email within the course. You'll typically receive a response within a few hours, and you're guaranteed to get an answer within 24 hours.

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OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training Topics

The 40-hour HAZWOPER course explains a wide range of health and safety topics relevant to hazardous waste operations, including:

  • Types of Hazards
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Levels of Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Toxicology
  • Fire Prevention
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Site Emergencies
  • Drums and Containers
  • Fall Hazards
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by Hazards
  • Caught-In Hazards
  • Hazardous Communication
  • And More

You'll also learn about worker protections under OSHA and important regulations and agencies related to HAZWOPER.

Although this course satisfies OSHA requirements for the education portion of HAZWOPER training requirements, students are also required to complete three days of in-person training led by a trained and experienced supervisor. Employers are responsible for providing field training, which includes hands-on experience with PPE and an overview of site-specific safety risks.