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