HAZWOPER course provides 40 hours of training on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards. The course satisfies training requirements outlined in OSHA standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120, which requires workers to complete HAZWOPER training before starting work at an uncontrolled hazardous waste operation.

HAZWOPER training prepares cleanup and emergency response workers to operate safely during various scenarios involving hazardous substances. This training covers policies, practices, and procedures that reduce the risk of injury and illness related to harmful exposures on the worksite.

Who Needs OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

Most workers new to uncontrolled hazardous waste or emergency response operations must complete 40 hours of HAZWOPER training. This includes general site workers (such as laborers and equipment operators) and on-site management and supervisors.

Roles that require this training may include:

  • Equipment operators
  • General laborers
  • Other general site workers
  • On-site management and supervisory personnel

The 40-hour course is designed for workers with the highest risk of exposure on the job. For workers and supervisors who are on site only occasionally and unlikely to be exposed above permissible exposure limits, 24-hour HAZWOPER training is appropriate. All workers who complete HAZWOPER training must take an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year.

Types of Work Covered by HAZWOPER Standards

According to OSHA standards, HAZWOPER training applies to workers and employers involved in five specific types of operations:

  • Uncontrolled hazardous waste cleanup operations required by a government body
  • Corrective actions involving cleanup operations at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites
  • Hazardous waste operations at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities
  • Operations at non-TSD facilities that generate hazardous waste
  • Emergency response actions involving the potential release of hazardous substances

For a full list of operations that require HAZWOPER training, see OSHA’s HAZWOPER standards.

How Long Does HAZWOPER 40 Certification Last?

The 40-hour HAZWOPER certification remains valid for 12 months. To maintain your certification, you are required to complete an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year. If you miss the deadline, you may be required to retake the 40-hour course.

Course Requirements

Pass each module quiz and the final exam, which require a score of 70% or higher.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll receive an official certificate of completion, which you can instantly download and print. You can provide a certificate to your employer as proof of your training and download duplicates anytime for your convenience.