Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Training for HAZWOPER & RCRA
A hazardous material is any item or agent (biological, chemical, radiological, and/or physical), which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.
Hazardous materials are defined and regulated in the U.S. primarily by laws and regulations administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) - and each agency has its own definition of a “hazardous material.”
Hazardous materials professionals are responsible for and need to be properly qualified to manage hazardous materials. This includes managing and/or advising other managers on hazardous materials at any point in their life-cycle, from process planning and development of new products; through manufacture, distribution and use; and to disposal, cleanup and remediation.
Types of Hazardous Materials Training
- OSHA - Hazardous Material/Waste Response (HAZWOPER)
HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and is the OSHA requirement that covers protection of workers responding to hazardous materials spills. The OSHA HAZWOPER Standard (29 CFR 1910.120) includes 3 distinct types of operations and outlines 9 levels of certification. HAZWOPER training is the OSHA requirement that covers activities involving hazardous waste cleanup. View Map
- EPA - Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA)
RCRA stands for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and contains the EPA-based requirement (40 CFR 261) that covers the proper management of hazardous waste (generation, transportation, treatment, storage or disposal) and its effects on the environment. RCRA hazardous waste management training is the EPA-based requirement that covers proper management of hazardous waste (generation, transportation, treatment, storage or disposal) and its effects on the environment. View Map
- DOT - Hazardous Material Transportation (Rail/Air/Vessel/Highway)
The Department of Transportation (DOT) defines a hazardous material as a substance or material that is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has been designated as hazardous under the federal hazardous materials transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5103). Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials training is required for shipping or transporting of hazardous materials within the U.S. Course Library