The Occupational Safety and Health Administration created the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response guidelines, also called HAZWOPER, to protect five distinct groups of workers or employers on hazardous worksites.
Three of these groups include federal or state required clean-up and voluntary federal or state clean-up operations, along with corrective clean-up actions covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. The last two categories are any chemicals treated, stored and disposed of in facilities regulated by Title 40 and any emergency response clean-up operations.
All groups must undergo OSHA-approved HAZWOPER training courses before entering a worksite.
Workers who participate in OSHA's 24- or 40-hour HAZWOPER training course can receive certification, proving that they know how to properly identify, address, report and handle any hazardous substances. OSHA also offers a yearly 8-hour refresher course for employers and workers wanting to stay diligent about workplace safety.
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