OSHA has developed the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) to protect workers at hazardous sites.

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employees and their employers.  This includes any employee that is exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances, including hazardous waste, and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by OSHA 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):

Clean-up operations

  • Required by governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
  • 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 body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
  • Operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations
  • Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard

These extensive regulations protect the safety and health of your employees involved in these activities. QualSafe HAZWOPER training programs are taught with high quality presentations by qualified and experienced trainers that are competent in HAZWOPER application and regulations.

Some of the HAZWOPER classes we offer at QualSafe include, but are not limited to:

  • HAZWOPER 24 Hour Initial Training
  • HAZWOPER 40 Hour Initial Training
  • HAZWOPER 8 Hour Refresher

In general, HAZWOPER training is needed for all workers that may be:

  • Exposed to high concentrations of poisonous substances
  • Exposed to chemical conditions that pose a fire or explosion hazard
  • Entering sites with atmospheres at or above Immediately Dangerous to Life & Health (IDLH) levels
  • Exposed to oxygen deficient atmospheres (less than 19.5%)
  • Leading evacuations due to chemical atmospheres or oxygen deficient conditions
  • Performing confined space entry
  • Supervising workers exposed to any of the above dangers

Call QualSafe today to learn more about our HAZWOPER courses and to schedule your class today!