Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

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  • A written, readily-accessible safety and health program that identifies, evaluates and controls safety and health hazards and provides for emergency response.
  • A preliminary site evaluation conducted by a qualified person to identify potential site hazards and to aid in the selection of appropriate employee protection methods.
  • A site control program to protect employees against hazardous contamination. At a minimum it must have a site map, site work zones,site communications, safe work practices, the use of a “buddy system,” and identification of the nearest medical aid.
  • Employee training for everyone working on a hazardous waste site.
  • Medical surveillance of workers exposed at or above permissible exposure limits for hazardous substances, conducted (1) at least annually, (2) when a worker moves to a new worksite, (3) when a worker experiences exposure from unexpected or emergency releases and (4) at the end of employment.

Our HAZWOPER courses:

General Site Worker
General Site Worker Refresher
Managers and Supervisors
First Responder Awareness Level
First Responder Operations Level
Hazardous Materials Technician
On Scene Incident Commanders


General Site Worker

This course is for 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 health hazards during hazardous waste clean up operations.
Duration: 24 hours

General Site Worker Refresher

This course is the required annual annual refresher for General Site Workers.
Duration: 8 hours


Managers and Supervisors

This course is required for on-site management and supervisors directly responsible for, or who supervise employees engaged in hazardous waste operations. This is a one-time course and should be taken after completion of the General Site Worker training.
Duration: 8 hours


First Responder Awareness 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 and 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: 2 to 8 hours


First Responder Operations Level

First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.
Duration: 8 hours


Hazardous Materials Technician

Hazardous materials technicians are individuals respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance.
Duration: 24 hours


On Scene Accident Commanders

Incident commanders are individuals who will assume control of the incident scene beyond the first responder awareness or operations level. This course should be taken after the completion of the General Hazardous Materials Technician Training.
Duration: 2 to 8 hours (varies by client)

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