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Our OSHA 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) online course has been designed to meet the latest HAZWOPER standards, and now includes a free GHS Hazardous Communication course. This 100% online course fulfills your requirements for certification under 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) for construction, or other applicable state regulations for certification to the 40-hour General Site Worker level.

Who Needs OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

The 40-Hour HAZWOPER training course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

Who is covered by OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard?

The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees.

This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances — including hazardous waste — and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):

  • Clean-up operations — required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances — that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.);
  • Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • Operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations; and
  • Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.

OSHA CFR 1910.120(e) states that General Site Workers must receive 40 hours of training offsite. A General Site Worker is one who works on the site every day and is typically exposed to hazardous materials that are equal to or over the Permissible Exposure Level.

The General Site Worker must also receive at least three days of actual field experience under a trained, seasoned supervisor. The three days field experience under a trained, experienced supervisor are the responsibility of the student's employer or potential employer. It is important to note that the worker must have completed the 40 hours of off-site training before entering the job site.

Occasional Site Workers are those who are only exposed to under the Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL). These workers are typically managers, supervisors, surveyors, drivers, etc. Those workers may take the 24 Hour HAZWOPER Course. The Occasional Site Worker only needs one day of field experience as certified by their employer.

Course Benefits

  • Audio narration and interactive exercises
  • Real-life case studies
  • A comprehensive lesson review at the end of each section of the course
  • 24/7 course access from any web-enabled device
  • Access to an OSHA instructor for any questions

Course Topics

The entire course consists of 5 modules containing 23 lessons plus final exam:

  • Course Introduction
  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Agencies and Regulations
  • Fall Hazards
  • Electrocution
  • Struck-By Hazards
  • Caught-In Hazards
  • Confined Spaces
  • Excavations
  • Fall Protection
  • Tools
  • Fire Prevention
  • Types of Hazards
  • Toxicology
  • Hazardous Communication
  • Level of Protection
  • PPE
  • Respirators
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Materials Handling
  • Drums And Containers
  • Ergonomics
  • Decontamination
  • Site Safety Planning
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Site Emergencies
  • Managing Safety and Health

Get Your Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of your 40-Hour HAZWOPER training, you can download, save and print a certificate of completion instantly. This serves as proof of your training for your employer or inspector. Once you enroll in the 40-Hour course you'll have 365 days to successfully complete the course. If you do not complete the course in 365 days, you won't receive a certificate for course completion.

Instructor Access

A qualified HAZWOPER instructor will be available to you by e-mail within your Learning Management System (LMS). You will typically receive a response within a few hours and be guaranteed one within 24 hours. This is a critical advantage to our quality program.