Train Your HAZWOPER Responders in Their Specific Duties

Hazardous materials specialists are workers who respond and provide support to hazardous materials technicians. Their duties parallel those of the hazardous materials technicians, but they require more-specific knowledge of the various substances that must be contained. Hazardous Materials Specialists The hazardous materials specialist also acts as the site liaison with federal, state, and local authorities […]

Are Your HAZWOPER Responders Trained for Their Duties?

Here’s a quick review of HAZWOPER emergency responder training requirements. Skilled Support Personnel According to the HAZWOPER mandatory compliance guidelines (Appendix C), employees who are not part of the Emergency Response Program and who may be called to the incident scene to provide emergency support assistance (e.g., public works department staff, operators of bulldozers, sand […]

Computer-Based Training and HAZWOPER Requirements

Employers are continually seeking the simplest means to meet their employee training requirements under OSHA’s hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) regulations (29 CFR 1910.120). One method that may ease the burden is computer-based training, whether on CD, DVD, or online, which is increasingly available from commercial software vendors. However, OSHA makes it clear […]

How’s Your HAZWOPER Training?

First, let’s discuss why this training matters: By definition, sites covered by HAZWOPER contain substances that could endanger the health of employees and, potentially, the general public. OSHA cares a lot about HAZWOPER training—its standard covers training requirements extensively with an appendix on training guidelines. In fiscal year (FY) 2004, there were more than 200 […]

Train Employees How to React to Chemical Spills

Taking immediate and appropriate action after a chemical spill can save lives. If hazardous chemicals are present at your facility, train employees in how to react should an emergency occur. Here are some key actions employees need to be trained to take if they identify a chemical spill: Once you have identified a spill and […]

Train Workers on HAZWOPER’s PPE Requirements

HAZWOPER rules (29 CFR 1910.120 Appendix B) delineate four levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect workers under various site conditions. Here’s what trainees need to know. Level A Should be worn when the highest level of respiratory, skin, and eye protection is needed (i.e., for use with highly toxic releases, such as […]

Do Your Safety Trainers Understand HAZWOPER Training Requirements?

HAZWOPER training for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) personnel is required by 29 CFR 1910.120(p) if work at the TSDF involves employee exposure or the reasonable possibility for employee exposure to worksite safety or health hazards. Workers at TSDFs with corrective actions involving cleanup must do the full 40-hour training. The trainer […]

HAZWOPER Training Requirements Video: Part 2

In our first video, Dave went over what HAZWOPER is, who the regulation covers, and the training requirements for different groups of employees and managers. In this video, I talk to Dave about the topics that must be covered during the training, how to provide proof of training, and what requirements the trainer must have […]