FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Our courses follow stringent OSHA, EPA, DOT, CDC, and various other regulatory agency guidelines in terms of the curriculum. The courses are regularly updated with any changes and updates to regulations and requirements as set forth by those agencies.
Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. Remember, the training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any needed hour requirements.
Our cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) tracks your course progress, allowing you to switch between your computer, laptop, or mobile devices without repeating any content.
Online training offers the two-pronged benefit of time-saving and cost-saving. There is no need to travel to a traditional classroom at a specific time and place. These online safety training courses are self-paced which means you can complete the training at your own convenience from your home, work, or wherever according to your own schedule. What is more important is that online training does not interrupt ongoing work operations as training can be scheduled to avoid peak work hours.
We have a custom question bank that generates questions according to the unique needs and areas of improvement required for each unique individual requirement. We also allow employers to add their specific plant or site-related information and questions to our curriculum at a small fee.
HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) is a set of guidelines created and maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates the hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the United States. HAZWOPER regulates the safety of individuals who work around hazardous waste, whether it's related to regulated disposal sites, improper-disposal cleanup sites, or emergency response to new and accidental or unregulated releases of hazardous substances.
HAZWOPER regulations are written and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
According to OSHA, “The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances — including hazardous waste — and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):
- Clean-up operations — required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances — that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
- Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.).
- Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
- Operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations: and
- Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.”
Most states follow the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements. States with an OSHA-Approved State Plan may have requirements above and beyond the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER standard. In these cases, you may be able to take Federal level training and supplement with state-specific training. See our OSHA HAZWOPER by State page or OSHA State Plans page for more information about State Plans.
The HAZWOPER certification is valid for up to 12 months, after which a refresher training is required to maintain the certification. As indicated in 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8), a refresher training is required to offer workers the latest information and skills they need to perform their jobs safely.
According to OSHA “If the date for refresher training has lapsed, the need to repeat initial training must be determined based on the employee’s familiarity with safety and health procedures used on site. The employee should take the next available refresher training course. There should be a record in the employee’s file indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be completed.”
According to OSHA “Computer-based training may meet some refresher training requirements, provided that it covers topics relevant to workers’ assigned duties. It must be supplemented by the opportunity to ask questions of a qualified trainer and by an assessment of hands-on performance of work tasks.”
According to OSHA “Refresher training may be given in segments so long as the required 8 hours have been completed by the employee’s anniversary date.”
For refresher training, OSHA doesn’t require a hands-on component.
Find out from your employer if you are not sure of which is the right training for you.There are different requirements depending on your field and position. Initially, full-time site workers will need a 40-hour HAZWOPER training and occasional site workers will need a 24-hour HAZWOPER training. To keep the certification current, an 8-hour refresher is required every year.
Employees should stay up-to-date in the refresher training, although OSHA does understand that courses may be missed because of unavoidable circumstances. If you have missed a refresher training course, you should attend the next available course. If a substantial amount of time has passed since your initial or refresher training, then repeating the initial training may be necessary.
Yes, an email address is necessary for the purpose of enrolling in our online courses.
You can access the training on any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. However, courses provided by our training partners may not be accessible on all devices. Check the course-specific details for more information.
You do not need to download any software to access the courses online. Courses do have audio, so they will work best if you have audio enabled on your computer or tablet.
Log into your account, and under “My Courses” click on your specific course and then “Continue to Lesson”. Our course book-marking system will continue from what the last point you were within the course.