Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
There are three levels for HAZWOPER training as listed in the OSHA 1910.120 regulations. The first level for pertains to emergency response. The second level is clean up of contaminated hazardous waste sites and the last level pertains to the treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) of hazardous waste. Within these 3 categories are various job functions and training requirements. Each of these levels offer HAZWOPER certification for the different job functions.
- Emergency Response
- Cleanup of Contaminated Hazardous Waste Sites
- Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) of Hazardous Waste
Training for OSHA 29 CFR Subpart H 1910.120
OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances — including hazardous waste — and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):
- clean-up operations — required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances — that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
- corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.);
- voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
- operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations; and
- emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.