This online 8 hour refresher training course satisfies the OSHA annual HAZWOPER refresher training requirements for workers, managers, and supervisors as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120 and 1926.65.
What are the governing regulations? The HAZWOPER standard for General Industry is outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120.
The HAZWOPER standard for the construction industry, 29 CFR 1926.65, is identical to 29 CFR 1910.120 for general industry.
Who must take this training? According to 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(8):
Refresher training. Employees specified in paragraph (e)(1) of 29 CFR 1910.120, and managers and supervisors specified in paragraph (e)(4), shall receive eight hours of refresher training annually on the items specified in paragraph (e)(2) and/or (e)(4), any critique of incidents that have occurred in the past year that can serve as training examples of related work, and other relevant topics.
In short, HAZWOPER 8 hour Refresher training applies to all employees, managers, and supervisors who previously received either HAZWOPER 40 Hour training or HAZWOPER 24 Hour training.
Case Study: OSHA Fines A & A Environmental Inc. for Asbestos
A & A Environmental Inc. is a mold and asbestos abatement company in Poynette, Wisconsin. During an OSHA visit, inspectors uncovered asbestos. Asbestos exposure occurs when workers somehow disturb asbestos-containing materials (by cutting, sanding, or otherwise uncovering the asbestos). This releases asbestos fibers, which can be inhaled if employees do not have proper protection. Asbestos can cause lung disease and mesothelioma (an often-fatal cancer of the lung or stomach lining). Because asbestos fibers remain on clothing, they easily transfer to other surfaces (like other clothing, upholstery, and carpets). This creates a danger of secondary exposure for others outside of the asbestos site.
In October of 2016, OSHA issued A & A Environmental four willful and nine serious health violations totaling $243,716. These included a failure to follow asbestos removal standards, which require employers to provide a separate room for asbestos containment equipment and create a decontamination area (with an area for employees to shower and remove work clothing before leaving the worksite). It also required employers to make sure that employees did not drink beverages inside the asbestos containment area.
Key Takeaway: Asbestos might be one of the more well-known workplace dangers. In this case, we see how seriously OSHA takes asbestos; we also see how improper decontamination procedures can lead to employee exposure and hefty OSHA fines.
Every 12 months, eight hours of refresher training is required in order to maintain HAZWOPER certification and to work on sites requiring HAZWOPER certification. This eight-hour refresher training applies to both 24-hour and 40-hour certifications.