Who Should Take This Course?

Our OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER class (32 Hours Online / 8 Hours Classroom) provides training on response activities after an emergency, cleanups and remediation, and Superfund and RCRA corrective action sites. The course contains training on hazard recognition, exposure limits, risk evaluation, technology methods, containing chemical spills, the decontamination process, protective equipment, among many other topics. This course meets the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirement for 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e).

This course is designed for workers who need the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification and prefer the flexibility and convenience of a 32 hour online course, coupled with 8 hours of hands-on equipment instruction and practice in a classroom. Students complete the online portion first through our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS), and then may attend the 8 hour classroom portion of the training. View current classroom locations and schedule.

If you will be getting employer-provided hands-on training with the specific equipment you will use, you may want to opt to take our OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training Online course which is provided 100% online, and includes equipment instruction by video instead of hands-on practice.

If you would prefer to get the 8-hour hands-on training through your employer or another training provider, you may want to take our OSHA 32 Hour HAZWOPER Online course to combine with your 8 hours of hands-on training. In some cases, when students have taken our 32 hour online course and another training provider will not issue a 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification, we may be able to do so if sufficient proof is provided of taking the hands-on portion. See our 40 Hour HAZWOPER options.

To request hands-on classroom training be added in your area, please contact us. Through affiliate partnerships with other training providers, we work to provide locations across the United States for the hands-on training. To ensure the highest quality training, we are very selective in choosing our affiliates.

For information on OSHA HAZWOPER class training requirements or the HAZWOPER courses we offer, visit our HAZWOPER Training page.

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Course Format

This 40 Hour HAZWOPER course includes up-to-date, high quality training created by Certified Outreach Trainers. The 32 hour online HAZWOPER training portion of the course features interactive training, quizzes, narrated text and relevant photos for maximum retention. Our Online Training System (OTS) is available 24/7 with just your computer and an internet connection. The training can be completed over time and your progress will be saved to the last section completed.

The 8 hour hands-on classroom training provides students access to examples of specialized equipment, where they can practice using the equipment and donning/doffing. The equipment we train with in the classroom may vary slightly from the specific equipment that you will use as part of your job. Any worker required to use specialized equipment must be trained on the proper use of their specific equipment prior to use.

Once the course is completed, you will be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.

Module 1
Section Introduction & Legal Issues
1 40 Hour HAZWOPER Course Overview
2 Module Overview
3 Introduction to OSHA
4 Introduction to HAZWOPER
5 HAZWOPER Training
6 Regulatory Compliance
7 Safety and Health Program
8 Medical Surveillance
Exam 1
Module 2
Section Toxicology
9 Module Overview
10 Introduction to Toxicology
11 The Importance of Dosage
12 Types of Toxic Substances
13 Toxicological Effects
14 Factors That Influence Toxicity
Exam 2
Module 3
Section Chemical Hazards
15 Module Overview
16 Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
17 Biological Hazards
18 The Hazard Communication
19 Physical and Chemical Properties
20 Introduction to Radiation
Exam 3
Module 4
Section Physical Hazards
21 Module Overview
22 Walking and Working Surfaces
23 Fall Prevention and Protection
24 Electrical Hazards
25 Introduction to Confined Spaces
26 Cold Illnesses and Injuries
27 Heat Illnesses and Injuries
28 Heat Illness Prevention
29 Using the Heat Index
30 Other Physical Hazards
Exam 4
Module 5
Section Basic PPE Overview
31 Module Overview
32 Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment
33 Introduction to Respiratory Protection
34 Introduction to Chemical Protective Clothing
35 Introduction to Monitoring and Detection
36 PPE for the Head, Eyes, Face, and Ears
37 PPE for the Hands and Feet
Exam 5
Module 6
Section Waste Site Operations
38 Module Overview
39 Site Characterization and Analysis
40 Site Control Tactics and Strategy
41 Job Hazard Analysis
42 Handling Drums and Containers
43 Sampling Methods and Procedures
44 Managing Chemical Spills
45 Introduction to Decontamination
46 Emergency Response
47 Understanding Temporary HAZWOPER Worksites
Exam 6
Module 7
Section Using Respiratory Protection
48 Module Overview
49 Using Respiratory Protection
50 Types of Respiratory Protection
51 Respirator Selection and Use
52 Respirator Medical Evaluation
53 Respirator Fit Testing
54 Respirator Training Requirements
55 Respirator Maintenance and Care
Exam 7
Module 8
Section Using Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)
56 Module Overview
57 Medical Considerations for Wearing CPC
58 Using Chemical Protective Clothing
59 Chemical Protective Clothing Selection
60 Chemical Protective Clothing Classifications
61 Donning and Doffing CPC
62 Inspection Storage and Maintenance of CPC
63 Decontaminating and Cleaning CPC
Exam 8
Module 9
Section Using Monitoring & Detection Devices
64 Module Overview
65 Preventing Sparks During Gas Detection
66 Sensor Technology
67 Types of Gas Detection Systems
68 Using Colorimetric Tubes
69 Using Combustible Gas Indicators
70 FIDs and PIDs
71 Other Detection Devices
Exam 9
Summary & Conclusion

Course Exam

  • This course includes 9 exams. One exam must be taken after the completion of each module. There is no final exam.
  • Each exam consists of 10 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass each exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the modules and sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.


This course was designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers. The course meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e).

40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certificate of Course Completion which is provided in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this OSHA 40 Hour training course are to meet:

  • Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) for general industry
  • Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) for construction
  • HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA regulations

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i):

General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor.

Learning Objectives

After completing this OSHA HAZWOPER training course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand OSHA and HAZWOPER regulations, as well as other laws impacting  HAZWOPER workers
  • Identify HAZWOPER worker training requirements
  • Understand the importance of a Health and Safety Program
  • Describe an effective Medical Surveillance Program
  • Identify and minimize site hazards through site characterization and control procedures
  • Use reference sources to identify hazardous substances and determine their hazards
  • Understand the principles of basic toxicology related to chemical exposure
  • Select and use the proper HAZWOPER worker personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Recognize the medical considerations in the use of Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)
  • Identify the principles and methods of decontamination
  • Understand hazardous substance physical and chemical properties
  • Realize the necessity for emergency preparedness
  • Have confined spaces awareness
  • Know the OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard
  • Understand the techniques for used for a hazardous substance spill and containment
  • Identify different sampling methods and procedures
  • Know the detection and monitoring tools for HAZWOPER worker use

Additional Training

To comply with OSHA regulations, students of the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER course will be required to take an annual 8 Hour HAZWOPER refresher course.

Please note that this 40 Hour OSHA training course provides valuable hazardous waste operations and emergency response training information and safety training videos which apply to a general population of employees. This course is not meant to replace company-specific, function-specific, or PPE training provided by your employer or required by OSHA standards on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. If a worker is going to use protective equipment on the job, they must be trained on proper use of the equipment prior to use. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, safety equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, policies and procedures and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

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