OSHA has a new webpage intended to help workers and employers involved in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) activities for construction and the general industry. This page includes links to background information on HAZWOPER and corresponding OSHA standards, as well as resources for general businesses, worker preparedness and training.
Employers are Responsible for Worker Safety
Under the OSHA law, each employer is responsible for the safety and health of its workers and for providing a safe and healthful workplace. Employers must protect workers from anticipated hazards associated with participation in response and recovery operations for hazardous substances. For additional information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA’s employers page, workers page and publications list.
The OSHA HAZWOPER Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.120) – requires that all workers that are exposed to or handle hazardous materials must take a 24hr or 40hr HAZWOPER Training Course and an 8hr Annual Refresher.
“Employers must adequately prepare emergency response and cleanup workers to clearly understand their role(s) in managing unexpected releases of hazardous substances, so they can act quickly and respond in a safe manner during an emergency,” the webpage states.
- The OSHA HAZWOPER Standard (29 CFR Part 1910.120) – requires that all workers that are exposed to or handle hazardous materials must take a 24hr or 40hr HAZWOPER Training Course and an 8hr Annual Refresher.
- 8hr Refresher: $40 / 24-hour: $155 / 40-hour: $255
- Enter Promo Code "train10off" at Checkout
HAZWOPER Training FAQs
OSHA does not recommend, approve, certify, or endorse individual trainers or training programs. It is OSHA’s policy that use of computer-based training by itself would not be sufficient to meet the intent of the standard’s various training requirements.
How do I show that I have received appropriate HAZWOPER training?
The HAZWOPER standard requires that a written certificate be given to each person certified for either 8-, 24- or 40-hour HAZWOPER training. For 24- or 40-hour training, if the employee has received equivalent training, the employer can demonstrate such equivalency by documentation or certification.. See 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(6) and 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(9).
I have lost my HAZWOPER training certificate. How do I get a replacement?
OSHA does not have records of persons who have completed HAZWOPER training. There are two ways that you may be able to obtain a replacement certificate.
- You may be able to obtain a replacement certificate from the training instructor or training organization that provided your original training.
- You may be able to obtain a copy from any employer to whom you gave a copy.