Before we answer the question of WHO needs Hazardous Materials Training, let's talk about WHAT Hazardous Materials Training is. The Hazardous Materials Training requirements can be found in FED OSHA CFR Title 29 Part 1910.120 and in Title 8 California Code of Regulations CCR 5192. These regulations are often called the HAZWOPER regulations. HAZWOPER is actually an acronym that stands for “Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response". The Department of Transportation also requires training under Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR 172.700-704. This HAZWOPER training is not to be confused with Hazard Communication Training also known as Haz Com Training. These requirements can be found in CCR Title 8 Section 5194 and for Federal Guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1200.
The statement, “I need HAZWOPER Training” is often asked. The next question that is asked is, “What section under the HAZWOPER Regulations are you referring to? There is section (e) in both the Code Federal Regulations (CFR) 29 1910.120 section (e) and in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) 5192 section (e). This section explains what training is required for “All employees working on site (such as but not limited to equipment operators, general laborers and others) exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards and their supervisors and management responsible for the site shall receive training meeting the requirements of this paragraph before they are permitted to engage in hazardous waste operations that could expose them to hazardous substances, safety, or health hazards, and they shall receive review training as specified in this paragraph.”
There are two types of training courses that meet these requirements. The first is the 40 Hour General Site Worker, also known as the 40 Hour HAZWOPER. The requirements for the 40 Hour General Site Worker are, “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 and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor. These requirements are found in section (e) of the HAZWOPER Regulations.
The second course is the General Site Worker Limited Task, also known as the 24 Hour HAZWOPER. The requirements for the 24 Hour General Site Worker Limited Task are Workers on site only occasionally for a specific limited task (such as, but not limited to, ground water monitoring, land surveying, or geophysical surveying) and who are unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and the minimum of one day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.
The next section for another type of HAZWOPER Training is section (p). This section is required for individuals that work at a TSD (Treatment, Storage and Disposal) facilities.
Sections (e) and (p) are the Hazardous Waste OPerations of the HAZWOPER regulations.
The next section for HAZWOPER Training is section (q). This is the section that gives all the levels of the Emergency Response Training requirements. These requirements are the Emergency Response, or ER, of HAZWOPER.
First Responder Awareness
First Responder Operations
Hazardous Materials Technician
Hazardous Materials Incident Commander/Scene Manager