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40-Hour HAZWOPER Initial Site Worker

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Fulfills classroom training requirements for:
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(e)&(q), EPA 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 (p) and CAL-OSHA Title 8 CCR 5192(e)(3)(A)



This training meets the 40-hour training requirement set forth and mandated by OSHA, CAL-OSHA, EPA, and all regulated and voluntary clean-up operations (whether state, or federal), TSDF's (Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities), including Emergency Responses  Workers attending this course will receive instruction on health and safety procedures and personnel protection during work operations at hazardous material sites.

The class is highly interactive and requires student/class participation. All training materials are provided (including a full-course manual). Students are expected to participate during training, including class discussions, hands-on exercises and activities, group tabletops, and a mock dress out.

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Workers involved in direct clean-up actions, including:

  • Construction and Remediation
  • Clean-up workers
  • Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Handling

Examples of employees that typically require 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training:

  • Site Worker
  • Site Supervisor
  • Drilling, Boring, and Sampling Personnel
  • EH&S Personnel
  • Hazmat Operations, First Responders & Emergency Responders
  • Fire and Fire Safety Personnel and Officers
  • Site Safety Officer

Our seasoned Instructors emphasize a practical approach to worksite health and safety so that attendees understand HOW to recognize site hazards and WHAT appropriate steps are required to safeguard personnel and prevent illness & injuries on site.

40-Hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification is required for site workers, emergency response personnel, and those who remediate (clean-up) hazardous waste at controlled and uncontrolled hazardous sites and/or may have the potential for exposure to IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health) atmospheres.  

The emphasis of 40-Hour HAZWOPER training is providing the ability to evaluate site conditions and recognize hazards and risks. This requires the ability to identify and evaluate conditions where assistance may be required and act accordingly.


Certification (including a printed Certificate- suitable for framing and a wallet ID card) is awarded at the completion of training and passing a written exam. Qualitative fit-testing is available at an additional fee.

To receive fit-testing, you must produce a valid medical clearance (within the prior 11-months). For more information, visit the Respiratory Protection page.

Course Topics
  • Chemical Hazard ID Systems
  • Competent Person
  • Confined Spaces
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Dress Out Exercise
  • Electrical Safety
  • Emergency Response Procedures
  • Excavations
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Protection
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Handling Drums & Containers
  • HAZWOPER Regulations
  • Hazard Communication
  • Health Hazards 
  • Material Handling, Storage & Use
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Meters and Instrumentation
  • Motor Vehicles & Mechanized Equipment
  • Occupational Heat Exposure
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Planning and Organization
  • Powered Industrial Vehicles
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Safety Principles
  • Sampling and Packaging
  • Site Controls
  • Toxicology
  • Ionizing Radiation 
  • 40 Hour HAZWOPER Exam

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the 40 Hour HAZWOPER Classroom Training, students will:

  • Understand how hazardous materials are handled, identified & responses to exposure
  • Learn the importance of the Health and Safety Plan (HSP)
  • Incorporate knowledge of what to do in case of site emergencies
  • Know appropriate safety methods and work practice controls
  • Recognize signs and labels that are used to alert to danger involving hazardous material
  • Receive certification for 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training under 29 CFR 1910.120

Time to complete this course:  40 Hours (includes mock dress-out)

Not the HAZWOPER Course you’re looking for, try our other courses!
24 Hour HAZWOPER Training Online or Seminar

8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Online or Seminar or Virtual Instructor-Led
16 Hour HAZWOPER Training Seminar
40 Hour HAZWOPER Training Online
We also offer 8 Hour HAZWOEPR Refresher Training in Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training?

OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training was designed for workers who directly deal with or handle hazardous materials. This includes removing or handling underground tanks or piping, handling contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, and construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present. This 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.

How often do I need 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training?

40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification is good for a year after your initial Certification. After that, you will need to take 8 hour refresher Training annually to learn about any updates or changes to HAZWOPER.

Can I take 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training online?

40 hr HAZWOPER Training can be completed using in-class training or online training, but if you choose the online course, you still will be required to attend an in-class hands-on training portion to get certification!

How long will it take to get my 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification?

Full payment is required before certificates can be released. Once you complete your final exam, we will mail the certificate to the EH&S contact at the company you're employed with. Certificates are shipped twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, via U.S. mail. Expedited certificates are available if needed. Please call us at 800-711-2706 for information.

What OSHA standard covers 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training?

Every 40 hr HAZWOPER Training Course you take must include training requirements under 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and have hands-on Training to be compliant with OSHA and keep workers safe while on the job!

What is the difference between 24 and 40 Hour HAZWOPER?

40 Hour HAZWOPER Training is designed more for workers that deal with hazardous materials directly, including facilities 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. 24 Hour Training is for workers working at these facilities but who don’t have any responsibility to deal directly or handle any hazardous materials EX: drillers, surveyors, contractors, administrative personnel & drivers. Many companies will make workers get the 40 Hours course to make sure they are ready for any situation just in case.

How do I get an OSHA HAZWOPER Certification?

All HAZWOPER courses can be taken either online or in a classroom setting except 40 Hour HAZWOPER and the upgrade from 24 hour to 40 hour training course. Both of these courses must include an in-class hands-on portion to be compliant with OSHA.

What is the purpose of HAZWOPER?

OSHA created HAZWOPER, or Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, to teach employees involved with hazardous waste cleanup, disposal, or emergency response to protect themselves at work.

What are the levels of HAZWOPER Training?

There are two HAZWOPER Training levels. 40 Hour HAZWOPER- Workers responsible for cleanup operations. 24 Hour HAZWOPER Training is for Occasional site workers that aren’t involved in cleanup operations. There are also two other courses related to HAZWOPER. The 8 Hour HAZWOPER course is the refresher course for both 24 and 40 Hour HAZWOPER and the 16 Hour Course that upgrades 24 hour certification to 40 Hour!

What does HAZWOPER Stand for?

HAZWOPER is an acronym for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.

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