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HAZWOPER 40 certification is the initial training required for all workers who could or will be exposed to hazardous substances. The 40-hour HAZWOPER course is intended for workers who face the highest risk of job-related exposure to hazardous waste above permissible exposure limits.

This course covers the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard. The HAZWOPER standard is a set of OSHA-created guidelines that regulate hazardous waste operations. Proper safety training ensures that workers understand and comply with these standards to maintain a safe worksite and minimize risks for employees and the environment.

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According to OSHA, 40 hours of HAZWOPER training is required for all workers before starting hazardous waste operations. This online certification course is suited for anyone engaged in hazardous substance removal, cleanup, emergency response, or other activities with exposure risks.

The 40-hour HAZWOPER online training should be paired with on-site, job-specific training. This provides the practical, hands-on experience needed to ensure employees are trained to the level required by their job function and responsibility.

Case Study: On April 26, 1986, a sudden surge of power during a reactor systems test destroyed one of four nuclear reactors at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in the former Soviet Union. The accident and the fire that followed released massive amounts of radiation into the environment. The effects of the radiation killed 28 of the site's 600 workers in the first four months after the accident. One hundred and six more workers received high enough doses of radiation to cause acute radiation sickness. Officials also believe the accident is responsible for nearly 7,000 cases of thyroid cancer among individuals who were under the age of 18 at the time of the accident. The accident contaminated wide areas of Ukraine, Belarus, and the Russian Federation.

The Chernobyl accident is the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power to cause fatalities from radiation.

Key Takeaway: Radiation can be dangerous. The Chernobyl event was the product of a severely flawed Soviet-era reactor design combined with human error. The operators of the plant ran the plant at very low power and did not have adequate safety precautions and procedures in place.

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Governing Regulations

The HAZWOPER 40-hour regulations for general industry are found in 29 CFR 1910.120. The HAZWOPER standard for the construction industry is 29 CFR 1926.65. Both standards are identical in content.

What You'll Learn

    About This Course
    HAZWOPER Course Objectives
    Unit One
  • OSHA Penalties + Reputational Damage
  • OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program
    Unit Two
  • Introduction to HAZWOPER Safety
  • Definitions and Key Terms
  • Buddy System
  • Cleanup Operation
  • Codes, Code of Federal Regulations
  • Decontamination
  • Emergency Response
  • Facility
  • Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Team
  • Hazardous Substance
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Site
  • Hazardous Waste Operations
  • Health Hazard
  • Substances That Are Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health
  • Oxygen Deficiency
  • Permissible Exposure Limit
  • Post-Emergency Response
  • Published Exposure Level
  • Qualified Person
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Site Safety and Health Supervisor
  • Small Quantity Generators
  • Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites
  • Groups Covered by HAZWOPER-Overview
  • Cleanup Operations
  • Corrective Cleanup Actions
  • Voluntary Cleanup Actions
  • Facilities
  • Emergency Response Operations
  • Required Training
  • Site Workers
  • Infrequent Site Visitors
  • Frequent Site Visitors
  • On-Site Workers
  • Management and Supervisors
  • Qualifications for Trainers
  • Frequency of Training and Refresher Training
  • Equivalent Training
  • Refresher Training
  • Three Main Risks of Hazardous Substances and Situations
  • Categories of Chemical Toxins
  • Highly Fluorinated Chemicals
  • Fluorinated Chemicals-Exposure Sources
  • Chemical Toxins-Antimicrobials
  • Chemical Toxins-Flame Retardants
  • Chemical Toxin-Plasticizers
  • Solvents
  • Chemical Toxins-Heavy Metals
  • Heavy Metals-Environmental Concerns
  • Routes of Entry for Chemical Toxins
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Three
  • Unit Objectives
  • How the Code of Federal Regulations is Organized
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Tort Law
  • Small Steps Through Legislation
  • Chemicals in the Workplace
  • The Need for More Comprehensive Legislation
  • The OSH Act Passes in 1970
  • The Creation of OSHA
  • Who OSHA Covers-Overview
  • Employer Responsibilities-Meeting OSHA Standards
  • OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Aligns with Global Requirements
  • Employer Responsibilities-Hazard Communication Program
  • Best Practices for a Hazard Communication Program
  • Hazard Communication Program
  • Employer Responsibilities-Incident Reporting
  • Employer Responsibilities-Exemptions for Recordkeeping
  • Employer Responsibilities-NAICS Code
  • Employer Responsibilities-Incident Forms 300, 300A, and 301
  • Employer Responsibilities-OSHA Inspection Compliance
  • Employer Responsibilities-OSHA Citations
  • Employer Responsibilities-Safety and Health Program
  • Employer Responsibilities-Employee Rights
  • Filing a Whistleblower Complaint
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Safety Data Sheets-Sections 1 to 16
  • Labels
  • Labeling
  • Pictograms
  • OSHA's Eight Pictograms
  • Use of Non-OSHA Pictograms
  • Written Safety and Health Program
  • Safety and Health Program
  • Organizational Structure
  • Safety and Health Training Program
  • Safety and Health Program-10 Steps to Get Your Program Started
  • Safety and Health Program-Blueprint for Effective Safety and Health Programs
  • Safety and Health Program Element 1-7
  • Medical Surveillance Program
  • On-Site OSHA Consultations
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Four
  • Characterizing Sites
  • Preliminary Evaluation
  • Secondary Evaluation
  • Hazard Identification
  • Location and Size of Site
  • Description of Response Activity
  • Duration of Planned Employee Activity
  • Site Topography
  • Expected Safety and Health Hazards at a Site
  • Pathways for Hazardous Substance Dispersion
  • Status and Capabilities of Emergency Response Teams to Provide Assistance
  • Site Chemical and Physical Properties
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Monitoring
  • Air Monitoring
  • Instruments for Testing and Monitoring Air Quality
  • On-Site Use of Direct-Reading Instruments
  • Direct-Reading Instruments
  • Laboratory Analysis of Air Samples
  • Risk Identification and Hazard Assessment
  • PELs
  • IDLH Concentrations
  • Potential Skin Absorption and Irritation Sources
  • Potential Eye Irritation Sources
  • Explosion Sensitivity
  • Flammability Ranges
  • Oxygen Deficiency
  • Employee Notification
  • Site Control
  • Site Control Program
  • Monitoring (Role in Site Control)
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz Questions
    Unit Five
  • Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment
  • Elements to Determine PPE Selection
  • Overall Hazard Assessment
  • Ongoing Hazard Assessment
  • Checklists for PPE
  • Actions Prior to Using PPE
  • Engineering Controls
  • Work Practice Controls
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Selection Criteria and Checklist for Training
  • Types of Eye and Face Protection
  • General Guidelines for Eye and Face Protection
  • OSHA's Eye and Face Protection General Criteria
  • ANSI Standards
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Eye and Face Protection
  • Head Protection
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Head Protection
  • Need for Foot and Leg Protection
  • Types of Foot and Leg Protection
  • Care of Foot and Leg Protection
  • Requirements for Foot and Leg Protection
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Foot and Leg Protection
  • Hand and Arm Protection
  • Types of Gloves
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Hand and Arm Protection
  • Body Protection
  • Types of Body Protection
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Body Protection
  • Hearing Protection-Determining Need
  • Hearing Protection-Hearing Conservation Program
  • Checklist for Training Employees to Use and Care for Hearing Protection
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Respiratory Protection-Definition of Air-Purifying Respirator (APR)
  • Types of Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Particulate Respirators Selection Criteria Resources
  • Gas and Vapor Respirator Change Schedules
  • Decision Logic Tree
  • Cartridge Service Life Rule of Thumb
  • Atmosphere-Supplying Respirators
  • Levels of Personal Protection - A through D
  • PPE for Emergency Response and Recovery Workers
  • Training for PPE for Emergency Response and Recovery Workers
  • Selecting PPE for Emergency Response Workers
  • Staff During Emergency Operations
  • Worker Training for Protection During High-Hazard Emergency Operations
  • State Standards
  • Possible Additional OSHA Standards
  • Written Emergency Response Plan
  • Elements of an Emergency Plan
  • Medical Form
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Six
  • Sanitation at Temporary Workplaces
  • General Requirements
  • Potable Water
  • Nonpotable Water
  • Toilets for Employees
  • A Guide to Restroom Access for Transgender Workers
  • Food Handling
  • Sleeping Facilities
  • Washing Quarters
  • Showers
  • Change Rooms
  • Garbage
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Seven
  • Handling and Labeling Drums and Containers
  • Health and Safety Hazards When Handling Drums
  • Methods, Procedures, and Equipment Required for Handling Drums
  • Required Regulations for Drums and Containers
  • Prior to Drum or Container Handling
  • Prior to Moving Drums
  • Prior to Opening Drums
  • Keeping Drum Movement to a Minimum
  • Detection Devices to Determine Underground Location
  • Opening Drums and Containers
  • Emptying Damaged Drums and Containers
  • Salvage Drums, Absorption Material, and Fire Extinguishers
  • Types of Containers
  • Opening Drums and Containers
  • Drums and Containers That Should Not Be Moved
  • Characterization
  • Staging
  • Bulking
  • Shipping and Transport
  • Special Cases
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Eight
  • Decontamination
  • Procedures
  • Procedures-Detailed for Minimums and Maximums
  • Procedures-Minimizing Contamination
  • Procedures-Maximizing Worker Protection with PPE
  • Procedures-When to Perform Emergency Decontamination
  • Procedures-Steps for Performing Emergency Decontamination
  • Procedures-Emergency Decontamination and PPE
  • Disposal of clothing and PPE
  • Showers and Change Rooms
  • Showers-Levels A, B, and C
  • Showers-Minimum Measures
  • Solvents-Overview of Four Types of Solvents
  • Commercial Laundries
  • Decontamination Methods
  • Decontamination Equipment-Overview
  • Decontamination Plan
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Nine
  • Radiation
  • Regulatory Institutions and Agencies
  • OSHA and NCRP Regulation
  • Understanding Radiation Terminology
  • Understanding Doses of Radiation
  • Understanding Radiation Areas
  • What Is Radiation?
  • Ionizing Radiation Versus Non-Ionizing Radiation
  • Types of Ionizing Radiation
  • Alpha Particles
  • Beta Particles
  • Neutron Radiation
  • Gamma Rays and X-Rays
  • Ionizing Radiation Exposure
  • Human-Made Radiation
  • Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
  • Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
  • Exposure Pathways
  • Routes of Internal Exposure
  • Chronic Exposure
  • Acute Exposure
  • Health Effects of Exposure
  • Safety and Health Programs and Practices
  • Detecting Radiation
  • Radiation Detection Instrument
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Employee Responsibilities
  • Employee Training
  • Recordkeeping
  • Radiation Emergencies
  • Caution Signs and Labels
  • Immediate Evacuation Warning Signal
  • Notification of Incidents
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Ten
  • Introduction to Medical Surveillance
  • Purpose of Medical Surveillance
  • Medical Surveillance vs. Medical Screening
  • Types of Medical Surveillance
  • Medical Surveillance Program
  • Medical Surveillance Program-Employer Responsibilities
  • Medical Surveillance Program-Assigning a Designated Health Professional
  • Medical Surveillance Program-Medical Test Analysis
  • Medical Surveillance Program-Commonly Tested for Exposure
  • Medical Surveillance Program-Important Information Related to Testing
  • Medical Surveillance Program Components
  • Employees Covered
  • Frequency of Exams and Consultations
  • Medical Examinations and Consultations
  • Monitoring and Sampling
  • Using Engineering Controls, Work Practices and PPE With Hazardous Exposure
  • Unit Summary
  • Unit Quiz
    Unit Eleven
  • Summary Of Units
  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Definitions and Key Terms
  • Unit 3: OSHA Regulations
  • Unit 4: Characterizing Sites
  • Unit 5: Personal Protective Equipment
  • Unit 6: Sanitation at Temporary Workplaces
  • Unit 7: Handling and Labeling Drums and Containers
  • Unit 8: Decontamination
  • Unit 9: Radiation
  • Unit 10: Medical Surveillance
  • Unit 11: Preparation for the Final Exam
    Final Exam

It will take a MINIMUM of 40 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

To maintain HAZWOPER certification, workers are required to take annual refresher training. The 8-hour refresher course must be completed on or before the anniversary of the initial HAZWOPER 40 training date.

Each student will receive 4.0 CEUs (or 40 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

John C Verified

Awesome Course, thanks

Mark P Verified

Liked this course alot of knowledgable information..........

Timothy C Verified

This was a great course that went into a lot of detail. I look forward to taking the refresher course when I need to. Thank you for a great course and a wealth of information!

Johnathan H Verified

This was a very thorough training. I was able to reference work experience and apply it to reinforce the principles and regulations covered. Thank you.

Nathan P Verified

it was informative and quick.

Jordan R Verified

Very informative. No details left untouched.

Francis B Verified

easy to use system. Program better them most.

Chad H Verified

Very informative I feel I learned a lot from this class thank you wow 40 hours

Claudio R Verified

It's a good course

Leah G Verified

I actually enjoyed the course. Previous employers used a different program, but I really liked this one the best. Easy to understand and very thorough. I should have gotten a better score but our course time was reduced by a week.

Adam W Verified

It was good just to much information I'll never use for my job.

Shane G Verified

I enjoyed the course and thought it was very informative. I think some better visual aids could help to improve the course and people's overall understanding. The flexibility to be able start a topic and stop makes things much easier for people working while going through the course.

Spencer N Verified

The 40-hour HAZWOPER training was very thorough and detail-oriented. I found myself adequately prepared for the final exam and very much appreciated the Unit 11 summary section. The course held my interest by switching between learning objectives and case studies and by changing the narrator every few units. I would highly recommend this training for co-workers/friends, as applicable. I learned a great deal throughout the 40-hour training and overall greatly enjoyed the course. I had no issues with website and training functionality, and all instructions were clear.

John S Verified

This was a very informative course. It was not easy but if someone takes notes and thoroughly pays attention to the content, you can be successful! I appreciate the opportunity to achieve another personal goal

Marcela S Verified

Great training course. Wish the test was after every unit instead of the end.

Dylan R Verified

Course very broad and thorough. Well articulated and easy to comprehend and understand material. Would recommend to other coworkers and colleagues.

Kacy P Verified

i think it was full of info which was very tense but much needed



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