1. What is HAZWOPER?
HAZardous Waste OPerations and Emergency Response is the name for Title 8, California Code of Regulation (CCR) General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) 5192, and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 29 CFR 1910.120.
HAZWOPER regulates the safety and health of the employees involved in clean-up removal operations at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, employees engaged in certain hazardous waste sites, employees engaged in certain hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) operations, and in any emergency response activities involving hazardous substances.
2. Why were HAZWOPER courses created?
HAZWOPER courses were created for those who need training and certification to work at a hazardous waste site (CERCLA, RCRA or state or local government sites) or who are involved in an emergency response to a hazardous waste or hazardous materials release such as: leaks, spills, accidents, or fires. Some examples of those who need certification are: environmental scientists, chemists, engineers, technicians, equipment operators, project managers, fire fighters, etc.
3. I know I'm required to have training, but which course do I need to take?
Federal and state OSHA regulations requires that:
- On-site hazardous waste workers receive 24 or 40 hours of initial off-site instruction
- Hazardous waste workers at treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities receive 24 hours of training
- Emergency response personnel receive 8 to 40 hours of training
- On-site supervisors receive 24 or 40 hours of basic training plus 8 additional hours of specialized training
- Workers receive 8 hour annual refresher courses
4. Where do you perform your Hazardous Waste Training Classes?
Thanks to Local 501 Operating Engineers' generosity and cooperation, our classes are held at their Downtown Training Center.
If your company or organization would like to hold an on-site class, please contact our HAZWOPER Course Coordinator.