Are you covered by HAZWOPER?

HAZWOPER applies to the following  employers:

  • Cleanup operations
  • Operations involving hazardous wastes at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities
  • Operations that generate hazardous waste but are not TSD facilities
  • Operations that respond to emergencies involving releases of hazardous substances

Emergency-response operations respond to emergencies caused by uncontrolled releases of hazardous substances. Responses by properly trained employees from outside an immediate release area at a production facility, trained responders from a fire department, or contracted HAZMAT responders are examples of emergency response operations. If your employees respond to emergencies caused by uncontrolled releases of hazardous substances no matter where they occur, then you must comply with HAZWOPER 1910.120(q). This can include facility employees who are responsible for spill containment, cleanup or emergency shut-down activities.

Employees need to know about the site hazards to which they may be exposed, how to recognize the hazards, and how to control their exposure. The best way for them learn to is through a combination of classroom instruction, site-specific information, and supervised fieldwork.

There are two ‘halves’ of the HAZWOPER standard.  One deals with site characterization, cleanup and work on contaminated project sites and the other deals with employees who function as emergency responders in a facility.

The training requirements are different in each half, so we will need to know which category you fall into.  If you are an employer who responds to releases of hazardous substances, no matter where they occur, your written emergency-response plan must include the elements described in the regulation and your employees must be trained accordingly. This can involve something as simple as responding to an unexpected release in your facility by operating valves, using pumps, or other activities to minimize and stop the release.

Cleanup operations involve employees who remove, contain, incinerate, neutralize, stabilize, process, or handle hazardous substances at a hazardous waste site to make it safe for people or the environment.

Riskill offers initial and refresher HAZWOPER training courses. The initial training courses are typically either 24 – 32 Hours (for emergency response) or 40 Hours (for hazardous site workers).  We provide training at the awareness, operations, technician, and specialist levels.

The refresher training is typically 8 hours per year and includes hands-on components where participants demonstrate competency in their specialty.

Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a course tailored to meet your needs.