Online Training Certification Course 29 CFR 1910.120
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This course presents an overview of Hazardous Waste safety guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics include recognizing and identifying hazardous wastes, minimizing exposure to hazardous wastes, implementing safety and health programs, and completing required training.
What are the governing regulations? In 1989 OSHA issued the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), commonly known as CFR Part 1910.120. The purpose of this standard is to protect workers who are exposed to hazardous waste and to set forth regulations on how to safely handle and dispose of it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA, which is pronounced rick-ra) to make sure that wastes are safely supervised and managed for the protection of human health and the environment.
Who must take this training? OSHA instituted a standard that requires each employer to develop and implement a written Safety and Health Program. The primary purpose of the program is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths; and to prevent the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause workers, their families, and employers.
Case Study: In 2014, Global Manufacturing, Inc. reported that Apple eliminated the use of benzene and n-hexane, two toxic chemicals, from its manufacturing assembly process. The technology giant decided to eliminate the chemicals after executives received a petition with 23,000 signatures urging them to address the use of the two toxins. Apple ordered testing of benzene and n-hexane (even though the company had no evidence of its 500,000-plus workers being at risk of unsafe exposure to the chemicals) and opted to remove the toxic chemicals as a safety precaution. A statement issued by the company read that, "Taking precautions against or screening out chemicals of concern listed in this specification should merely be a first step. We expect our suppliers to take their own actions to understand the human health and environmental impacts of all chemicals that are used in the manufacturing process and present in materials supplied to Apple."
Key Takeaway: Replacing or eliminating toxic chemicals and substances from manufacturing processes, despite any evidence of harm to employees, reduces the risk of employee exposure to hazardous materials and creates a safer working environment.
All employees must be certified to confirm that they have been trained by a designated professional to perform their jobs safely and effectively. The level of training required by each employee depends on the nature of the job and his or her job level. For example, as the type of training program may be different for workers who are routinely on site, for workers who receive minimal exposure to hazardous waste, for emergency response personnel, and for first responders and HAZMAT specialists.
All of these positions require annual refresher training.
OSHA requires that employers develop and implement a training program for all employees, contractors, and subcontractors who are exposed to safety and health hazards during hazardous waste operations.