HAZWOPER Awareness

Overview The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; Awareness Level (HAZWOPER) 4 hour course provides training and education to employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response operations for releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances without regard to hazard location or their hazard response level. First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.
Duration/Length 4 Hours
Target Audience Employees who must recognize the signs of an emergency and initiate the appropriate response plans
CFR Reference 29 CFR 1910.120
Pre-requisites None
Course Format Classroom and hands-on
Course Objectives • Names of personnel and alternates responsible for site safety and health
• Safety, health, and other hazards present on the site
• Use of personal protective equipment
• Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards
• Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site
• Medical surveillance requirements, includingrecognition of symptoms andsigns which might indicateoverexposure to hazards
The site safety and health plan required under 1910.120(b)(4)(ii), as follows:
• Organizational structure
• Comprehensive work plan
• Site-specific safety andhealth plan
• Safety and health training program
• Medical surveillance program
• Employer’s standard operatingprocedures for safety and health
• Any necessary interface betweengeneral program and site-specificactivities
• What hazardous substances areand the risks associated withthem in an incident
• Potential outcomes associatedwith an emergency createdwhen hazardous substancesare present
• Recognizing hazardoussubstances in an emergency
• Identifying the hazardoussubstance, if possible
• The role of the first responderawareness individual in theemployer’s emergency responseplan including site security andcontrol and the U.S. Departmentof Transportation’s EmergencyResponse Guidebook
• Recognizing the need foradditional resources and notifyingthe communication center