What is HAZWOPER Training?
HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. OSHA issued the HAZWOPER standard for General Industry (29 CFR 1910.120) and Construction (29 CFR 1926.65) to protect workers and ensure they get trained to handle hazardous substances safely.
The below operations fall within the scope of the HAZWOPER standard. Employers of workers who conduct these operations must train their workers to understand and comply with applicable HAZWOPER policies, practices, and procedures.
- Cleanup operations required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other, involving hazardous substances conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
- Corrective actions involving cleanup operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- Operations involving hazardous waste conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities regulated under RCRA.
- Operations that generate hazardous waste but are not TSD facilities.
- Emergency response operations involving releases of, or substantial threats of releases of hazardous substances, without regard to the location of the hazards.