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RCRA Hazardous Waste Safety

Online Training Certification Course

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Hazardous waste can pose a serious threat to those who work around it. Improper handling in the treatment, storage, disposal, and management of hazardous waste can endanger the community and environment.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to impose strict safety and management guidelines for hazardous waste generators.

Our online certification course examines RCRA safety standards involving hazardous waste, including its proper treatment, storage, and disposal. This RCRA online training course also highlights emergency preparedness, recordkeeping, reporting, and best practices to safeguard human health and the environment.

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Numerous industries require RCRA hazardous waste safety training, from the petroleum industry to medical supply, recycling, electronics, and more. Anyone who works at a job site where hazardous waste is generated, stored, managed, handled, or offered for transport must complete safety training to comply with RCRA regulations.

According to the EPA, this includes personnel who identify or count hazardous waste; choose, inspect, mark, or label hazardous waste containers; handle and move containers; manage waste in satellite areas; read and apply RCRA regulations; or operate a waste-generating process.

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Case Study: Over the decades, Diversified Scientific Services, Inc. (DSSI) has specialized in destroying a wide range of low-level radioactive liquid mixed wastes. To accomplish this destruction, DSSI uses a licensed combustion process. The contaminants in the waste that DSSI processes are either destroyed completely or processed so that they meet the standards required for land disposal.

On July 31, 1992, while DSSI workers were preparing for a routine BIF compliance test burn, the facility's power briefly went out. During the power outage, some unburned propane fuel passed through the boiler. Upon reaching the charcoal filters in the facility's secondary pollution control system, the unburned propane caught fire. After burning for about four minutes, the fire spread to the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. At this point, the fire was contained by the facility's emergency response team. Fortunately, the incident did not cause any injuries or releases of hazardous wastes.

Key Takeaways: Trial burns are an important safety measure. In this case, the unexpected power outage at the facility interfered with the trial burn. Fortunately, the facility had a solid emergency response plan in place, which prevented a tragic catastrophe.

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Governing Regulations

RCRA standards regarding hazardous waste and used oil are found in 40 CFR Parts 260 through 268, 273, and 279.

What You'll Learn

    RCRA Course Objectives
    Unit Topics for the RCRA Course
    Unit 1 Introduction to RCRA Hazardous Waste Safety Training
  • Unit 1 Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • History of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
  • Amendments to the RCRA Law
  • Structure of the RCRA Regulations
  • The Term "RCRA" and the RCRA Subtitles
  • The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Applicability
  • The Vision Behind the RCRA Waste Management Regulations
  • What Is Hazardous Waste?
  • The "Cradle-to-Grave" Approach to Managing Hazardous Waste
  • The Waste Management Hierarchy
  • A Closer Look at Waste Management Hierarchy Approaches
  • Comparison of the RCRA and HAZWOPER Regulations
  • Enforcement of the RCRA Regulations
  • EPA Cleanup Programs
  • RCRA Corrective Action Sites
  • Typical Cleanup Process
  • Superfund Sites
  • Emergency Preparedness and Preventions
  • Emergency Equipment Requirements
  • Arrangements for Emergency Preparedness
  • The Contingency Plan
  • The Contingency Plan Quick Reference Guide
  • The Emergency Coodinator
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Large Quantity Generator Closure Requirements
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 2 Hazardous Waste Classification
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Hazardous Waste Classification
  • What is a Solid Waste?
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Exclusions
  • Other Materials Excluded from RCRA Regulations
  • Identification of Hazardous Wastes
  • Listed Wastes
  • Identification Codes for Listed Wastes
  • F-Listed Wastes
  • K-Listed Wastes
  • P- and U-Listed Wastes
  • Examples of P- and U-Listed Wastes
  • Characteristic Wastes
  • Ignitability Characteristic
  • Corrosivity Characteristic
  • Reactivity Characteristic
  • Toxicity Characteristic
  • Mixed Waste
  • Universal Wastes
  • How to Determine If a Material Is Considered Hazardous Waste
  • The Hazardous Waste Identification Process
  • The Importance of Asking the Questions in the Specific Order
  • The Mixture Rule
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 3 Generators of Hazardous Waste
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Categories of Generators and Their Responsibilities
  • Episodic Generation
  • Accumulation of Hazardous Waste
  • Mixing Hazardous Waste with Solid Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • EPA Identification Numbers
  • What Is a Manifest?
  • Designating a Facility on the Manifest
  • Printing the Manifest
  • Distributing and Using the Manifest
  • Waste Minimization Certification
  • Preparing Hazardous Waste for Transportation
  • The Hazard Classes
  • Hazardous Waste Notice
  • Labeling Hazardous Waste for Transport
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
  • The Biennial Report
  • The Exception Report
  • Submitting an Exception Report
  • Exports and Imports of Hazardous Waste
  • Exports and Imports of Hazardous Waste - General Requirements
  • Generators Subject to Specific Regulations
  • Farmers
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 4 Transporters of Hazardous Waste
  • Key Terms
  • RCRA Transportation Regulations
  • RCRA Alignment with DOT Regulations
  • The EPA Identification Number
  • The Manifest System
  • Labeling Hazardous Waste for Transport
  • Transport Recordkeeping
  • Missing Return Manifests
  • Transfer Facilities
  • Hazardous Waste Spills in Transit
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 5 Permitting of Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Hazardous Waste Management Regulations for TSDFs
  • What Is a TSDF?
  • Required RCRA Permits for TSDFs
  • Situations That Require RCRA Permits for TSDFs
  • RCRA Operating Permits
  • Interim Status Permits
  • Standardized Permits
  • Special Forms of Permits for TSDFs
  • Permit Exemptions and Partial Requirements
  • The Permit Application
  • Duties Under All Permits
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 6 Management of Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Applicability and General Operating Regulations
  • Exceptions to the RCRA Regulations for the Disposal of Hazardous Waste
  • Security Requirements
  • Inspection Requirements
  • Training TSDF Workers
  • Operating Records and Reporting
  • Retention of Operating Records
  • Required Notices
  • Defunct National Environmental Performance Track Program
  • Waste Analysis
  • Ignitable, Reactive, or Incompatible Wastes
  • Documentation of Ignitable, Reactive, or Incompatible Wastes
  • Location Standards for Storage, Treatment, and Disposal Areas
  • Solid Waste Management Units
  • Exemptions
  • Additional Applicability Considerations for Solid Waste Management Units
  • Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) Program
  • CQA Program Requirements
  • Required Programs and Protection Standards
  • Groundwater Monitoring Requirements
  • Detection, Compliance, and Correction Programs
  • Use of a Manifest System
  • Shipment Discrepancies
  • Emergency Preparedness and Prevention
  • Emergency Equipment Requirements
  • Arrangements for Emergency Preparedness
  • The Contingency Plan
  • Distribution of the Contingency Plan
  • The Emergency Coordinator
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Post-Emergency Procedures
  • Post-Emergency Incident Report
  • Closing a Facility
  • Closure Procedures
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 7 Specific Regulations
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Management of Hazardous Waste Management Units
  • Hazardous Waste Management Units
  • Use and Management of Containers
  • Container Must Be Compatible with Waste
  • Special Requirements for Containers That Hold Ignitable or Reactive Wastes
  • Monitoring the Condition of Containers
  • Container Storage Areas for "Dry" Wastes
  • Storage Requirements for Specific Dry Wastes
  • Secondary Containment Systems for Liquid Wastes
  • Tank Systems
  • Secondary Containment Systems for Tanks
  • Responding to Leaks or Spills
  • Requirements for Surface Impoundments
  • Response Action Plan
  • Surface Impoundment Failures
  • Waste Piles
  • Land Treatment
  • Regulation of Land Treatment
  • Landfill Design and Operation
  • Other Landfill Requirements
  • Incineration of Hazardous Waste
  • Drip Pads
  • Corrective Action Management Units
  • Containment Buildings
  • Requirements for Units That Store Munitions and Explosives
  • Miscellaneous Waste Management Units
  • What Is Not Considered to Be a Miscellaneous Waste Unit?
  • Air Emission Standards
  • Air Emission Standards for Process Vents
  • Air Emission Standards for Equipment Leaks
  • Air Emission Standards for Tanks, Surface Impoundments, and Containers
  • Appendices to Part 264
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 8 Specific Wastes
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Overview of Specific Wastes
  • Precious Metals
  • Types of Materials That Contain Precious Metals
  • Storage of Recyclable Materials That Contain Precious Metals
  • Spent Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Reclaiming Spent Lead-Acid Batteries
  • Regulatory Exclusions
  • Specific Regulations for Different Reclamation Procedures
  • Storing Batteries Prior to Reclamation
  • Military Munitions Considered to Be Solid Waste
  • Transportation of Solid Waste Military Munitions
  • Storage, Treatment, and Disposal of Solid Waste Military Munitions
  • Notification Requirements for Exempted Military Munitions
  • Additional Requirements Regarding Waste Military Munitions
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 9 Hazardous Waste Combustion
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Benefits of Hazardous Waste Combustion
  • The Combustion Process
  • Toxins Produced by Hazardous Waste Combustion
  • Combustion Devices
  • Types of Boilers and Industrial Furnaces (BIFs)
  • Facilities That May Be Exempt from Regulations for BIFs
  • BIFs That May Be Exempt from RCRA Regulations
  • Management of Hazardous Waste Before They Are Burned
  • Standards for Combustion of Hazardous Waste
  • Standards for Combustion for Permitted Facilities
  • Standards for Combustion for Interim Status Facilities
  • Documentation and Compliance for Interim Status Facilities
  • Hazardous Waste Analysis and Trial Burns
  • Standards to Control Combustion Emissions
  • The Tiered System of Regulation
  • The Tier Management Decision
  • Determining a Facility's Optimum Tier
  • Standards for the Control of Organic Emissions
  • Test Burns
  • Special Considerations for the Control of Organic Emissions
  • Standards for the Control of Particulate Matter
  • Standards for the Control of Metals Emissions
  • Standards for the Direct Transfer of Hazardous Waste to BIFs
  • The MACT Standards
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 10 Conditional Exemptions for Low-Level Mixed Waste
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • Applicability
  • The Conditional Exemption for Storage and Treatment of LLMW
  • Eligibility and Conditions for a Conditional Exemption for Storage and Treatment of LLMW
  • Failure to Meet the Conditions for a Conditional Exemption for Storage and Treatment of LLMW
  • Reclaiming a Lost Conditional Exemption
  • When the LLMW Fails to Meet a Conditional Exemption
  • Recordkeeping for a Conditional Exemption for the Storage and Treatment of LLMW
  • Closure Requirements for a Facility with a Conditional Exemption for Storage and Treatment of LLMW
  • The Conditional Exemption for the Transportation and Disposal of LLMW and Eligible NARM
  • Maintaining the Conditional Exemption for the Transportation and Disposal of LLMW and Eligible NARM
  • Notification Requirements for the Conditional Exemption for the Transportation and Disposal of LLMW and Eligible NARM
  • Recordkeeping for the Conditional Exemption for the Transportation and Disposal of LLMW and Eligible NARM
  • Reclaiming the Conditional Exemption for the Transportation and Disposal of LLMW and Eligible NARM
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 11 Land Disposal Restrictions
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • The LDR Program
  • Leaching of Toxic Contaminants
  • Groundwater Protection
  • Three Key LDR Program Prohibitions
  • The Disposal Prohibition
  • The Dilution Prohibition
  • The Storage Prohibition
  • Types of Wastes
  • Restricted Waste versus Prohibited Waste
  • Wastes That Are Exempted from LDR Rules
  • The LDR Program Treatment Standards
  • Table of Treatment Standards for Hazardous Waste
  • Treatment Alternatives
  • Treatment Alternatives for Contaminated Soil
  • Remediation for Soil Contamination
  • Treatment Alternatives for Debris
  • Treatment Alternatives for Lab Pack Wastes
  • Variances on Treatment Standards
  • Other Variances and Extensions
  • Tracking and Recordkeeping Requirements
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 12 Management of Universal Waste
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • The Universal Waste Rule
  • Applicability of the Universal Waste Rule
  • Benefits of the Universal Waste Rule to Universal Waste Handlers
  • States May Impose More Stringent Regulations
  • What the Universal Waste Rule Does Not Do
  • Universal Waste Handlers
  • Accumulation Limits and Obligations for Universal Waste Handlers
  • Universal Waste Transporters
  • Universal Waste Destination Facilities
  • Exporting Universal Waste for Disposal in a Foreign Country
  • Batteries That Are Categorized as Universal Waste
  • Other Categories of Batteries
  • Recycling Spent Rechargeable Batteries
  • Labeling and Marking Universal Waste Batteries
  • Special Management Considerations for Batteries
  • Pesticides Categorized as Universal Waste
  • Further Information for Pesticide Categorizing
  • Labeling and Marking Universal Waste Pesticides
  • Labeling Requirements for Recalled Versus Unused Universal Waste Pesticides
  • Mercury-Containing Equipment Categorized as Universal Waste
  • Labeling and Marking Universal Waste Mercury-Containing Equipment
  • Special Management Considerations Mercury-Containing Equipment
  • Lamps That Are Categorized as Universal Waste
  • Labeling and Marking Universal Waste Lamps
  • Storage and Accumulation of Universal Waste
  • Universal Waste Sites and Containers
  • Recordkeeping and Notification for Universal Waste Rule
  • Universal Waste Management
  • Shipments of Universal Waste
  • Managing Rejected Shipments of Universal Waste
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 13 Management of Used Oil
  • Introduction
  • Unit Objectives
  • Key Terms
  • RCRA Regulations for Used Oil
  • Applicable Regulations
  • Uses and Characteristics of Used Oil
  • Waste Oil Versus Used Oil
  • Other Oils That Do Not Qualify as Used Oils Under RCRA
  • Mixtures of Used Oil and Hazardous Waste
  • Criteria for Allowable Levels of Contaminants in Used Oil
  • Halogen Content and the EPA Rebuttable Presumption for Used Oil
  • Halogen
  • Opting to Rebut the Presumption
  • Treatment of Used Oil That Contains Hazardous Waste
  • Exemptions and Exceptions to the Rebuttable Presumption
  • Mixtures of Used Oil and "Characteristic" Hazardous Wastes
  • Used Oil Contaminated with PCBs
  • Who Qualifies as a Used Oil Generator?
  • Guidelines for Generators of DIY Used Oil
  • Used Oil Aggregation Points and Collection Centers
  • Requirements for Used Oil Collection Centers
  • Criteria for Used Oil Transporters
  • Requirements for Used Oil Transporters and Transfer Facilities
  • Storing Used Oil at Transfer Facilities
  • RCRA Compliance for Used Oil Processors and Re-refiners
  • Storage Requirements and Facility Standards for Used Oil Processors and Re-refiners
  • Used Oil Burners
  • RCRA Compliance for Used Oil Burners
  • Standards for Used Oil Fuel Marketers
  • Unit Summary
    Unit 14 RCRA Course Summary
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    Exam

It will take a MINIMUM of 16 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.

Based on standards set forth in 40 CFR 265.16, the EPA requires annual refresher RCRA training for hazardous waste facility personnel.

Each student will receive 1.6 CEUs (or 16 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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