OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120 includes requirements for
FIVE different 24 Hour HAZWOPER courses,
each of which applies to different workers and includes different training topics.
Because there are FIVE different 24 Hour HAZWOPER courses required by 29 CFR 1910.120, some people may mistakenly take courses titled “24 Hour HAZWOPER” when actually required by OSHA regulation to take 24 Hours of HAZMAT Technician training or another 24 Hour HAZWOPER certification course.
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response training requirements and personal protective equipment (PPE) training needs differ based on the role of the worker at the hazard site and the HAZWOPER standard for which the student needs to maintain compliance. View our Course Comparison information below to help ensure you enroll in the correct course.
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The 24 Hour HAZWOPER course applies to workers involved in: clean-up operations required by a governmental body; Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by RCRA; Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
29 CFR 1910.120(e)(ii): Workers on site only occasionally for a specific limited task (such as, but not limited to, ground water monitoring, land surveying, or geophysical surveying) and who are unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits.
29 CFR 1910.120(e)(iii): Workers regularly on site who work in areas which have been monitored and fully characterized indicating that exposures are under permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits where respirators are not necessary, and the characterization indicates that there are no health hazards or the possibility of an emergency developing.
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The 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician training course applies to workers involved in emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii): Hazardous materials technician. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance.
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24 Hour HAZWOPER training for TSDFs is for those who participate in operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S.E.P.A. to implement RCRA regulations.
29 CFR 1910.120(p)(7)(i): The employer shall develop and implement a training program which is part of the employer’s safety and health program, for employees exposed to health hazards or hazardous substances at TSD operations to enable the employees to perform their assigned duties and functions in a safe and healthful manner so as not to endanger themselves or other employees.
24 Hour HAZMAT Specialist training applies to those involved in emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iv): Hazardous materials specialists are individuals who respond with and provide support to hazardous materials technicians. Their duties parallel those of the hazardous materials technician, however, those duties require a more directed or specific knowledge of the various substances they may be called upon to contain. The hazardous materials specialist would also act as the site liaison with Federal, state, local and other government authorities in regards to site activities.
24 Hour HAZMAT Incident Commander training is for those involved in emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(v): Incident commanders, who will assume control of the incident scene beyond the first responder awareness level, shall receive at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level.