How long is my 40 hour HAZWOPER Certification Good for?
What is 40 Hour HAZWOPER?
HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and falls under the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (e). it was created to protect workers who work at hazardous sites where exposure to hazardous substances is at or above the permissible exposure limit or PEL.
The HAZWOPER standard applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes employees who are exposed or may potentially be exposed to hazardous substances-- including hazardous waste--and are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):
- Clean-up operations required by a 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 bodies 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; and
- Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of release of, hazardous substances regardless of the hazard location.
Who needs 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training?
40 Hour HAZWOPER is for people who are involved in direct clean-up operations (such as construction, Hazardous Waste Operations, Hazardous Materials Handling and positions normally referred to as Hazmat Operations, First Responder, Emergency Responders, Firemen, Site Safety Officer, and Site Supervisors need to receive 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training.
This includes workers involved in the removal or handling of underground tanks and/or piping, handling contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present or encountered.
40 Hour HAZWOPER Training is also required in situations where HAZMAT is prepared, packaged, labeled, marked, stored, or shipped for disposal and for any facility wherein hazardous wastes are treated, stored, or disposed of.
Many employers will get the 40 Hour Training for everyone on site to be extra careful and often time they will receive breaks on their insurance for having everyone 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certified.
How long does 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification Last?
After you receive your 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification you will be required to complete refresher training annually after that. The annual refresher training often referred to as 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training or HAZWOPER Refresher Training can be taken online or in person.
Unlike the 8 Hour HAZWOPER (HAZWOPER Refresher) which can be taken completely online the 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification can’t be completed using only online training.
The 40 Hour Course must include hands-on in-person training to be compliant with OSHA, Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t need hands-on training or there is a substitute for it, there isn’t and your training will not be valid!
The hands-on training will give students an opportunity to don and doff (put on and take off) equipment, respirators, SCBA’s, etc. This is an incredibly important part of the training to get students use to and using the equipment.
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