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What Is HAZWOPER Training?

What Is HAZWOPER Training?

Through HAZWOPER training, your personnel will receive instruction on key safety topics. See an idea of those broad topics in the below training levels section.

One example of a key topic you can learn through this training is Emergency Preparedness and Response. Here are the basic components of that training:

  • Control equipment operational safety
  • Correct response to injury (whether to oneself or others) or to health hazard overexposure
  • How to operate safely during an emergency
  • How to recognize overexposure symptoms that appear later
  • How to select and use PPE
  • Risk mitigation through collaboration/coordination
  • Safety and health hazards.

HAZWOPER Training Levels

Standardly, there are three HAZWOPER training levels: 8-Hour, 24-Hour, and 40-Hour. You can see below how the additional time of the higher levels provides an especially strong depth of knowledge.

8-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Here are topics that are covered through an 8-Hour training course:

  • Decontamination
  • Hazard Communications
  • Hazardous Material Detection
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Protection Levels
  • Respirators
  • Site Safety Planning
  • Toxicology.

24-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Here are topics that are covered through an 24-Hour training course:

  • Confined Spaces
  • Decontamination
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communications
  • Hazard Types
  • Hazardous Material Detection
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Protection Levels
  • Regulations & Regulatory Agencies
  • Respirators
  • Site Safety Planning
  • Toxicology.

40-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Here are topics that are covered through an 40-Hour training course:

  • Caught-In Hazards
  • Confined Spaces
  • Containers & Drums
  • Decontamination
  • Electrocution
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Excavations
  • Fall Hazards
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall Protection
  • Fire Prevention
  • Hazard Communications
  • Hazard Types
  • Hazardous Material Detection
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Health & Safety Management
  • Materials Handling
  • Medical Surveillance
  • OSHA Overview
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Protection Levels
  • Regulations & Regulatory Agencies
  • Respirators
  • Safety Tools
  • Site Safety Planning
  • Struck-By Hazards
  • Toxicology

HAZWOPER Certification

For workers at Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities, at contaminated sites, or performing emergency response, HAZWOPER certification is required.

Here are the four aspects of certification:

  1. The individual needs to get a pulmonary function test (PFT) as part of a baseline medical exam.
  2. The employee needs to be trained according to their specific job responsibilities.
  3. Per 29 CFR 1910.134, the worker must complete a respirator fit test to work within offensive job classifications.
  4. If you are an offensive first responder, also get on-the-job training (OJT). You need 3 days and 1 day of OJT, respectively, for 40-hour and 24-hour HAZWOPER training.

HAZWOPER certification lasts for one year. Employees need to get recertified annually.

How Much Does HAZWOPER Training Cost?

Costs will vary depending various circumstances but they typically start (per class) at:

  • 8-Hour: $ 1,500
  • 24-Hour: $ 3,900
  • 40-Hour: $ 6,000

Schedule On-Site HAZWOPER Training Today

Is your organization in need of HAZWOPER training? At AOTC, we are a passionate team of industry professionals who take on challenges and deliver results. Contact us today to schedule your on-site safety and compliance training. Schedule your training now.

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