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General Questions

Choose the course you want to take from the course menu and click the button at the bottom of the page that says “Register.” Fill in your name, address, and company information and create a username and password. Record your username and password somewhere because this will allow you to log in and out, saving your study time. When you’re asked for payment information, you may use your credit card, or use a purchase order number for corporate account.

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.

No, you can complete the training at your own pace and convenience. Our LMS will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login.

Typically for 8 hour courses you have 90 days to complete the training, while longer courses (24, 32, or 40 hours) allow for 180 days to complete the training. However, if you need longer, we can work that out on a case by case basis, and we have never denied an extension request.

Yes, in addition to the pdf certificate, this course also comes with a PVC wallet ID card with optional photo. ID cards are mailed from our Main Office in Southern California via U.S. Postal Service to anywhere in the United States. Wallet ID cards are created and mailed either the same or next business day, depending on what time the course is completed. Please allow for appropriate mail time, as this may vary by location.

Please sign up for a Corporate Account to register more than one student.

Please refer to our HAZWOPER OSHA Refund Policy page for more information.

Online training offers the two-pronged benefit of time saving and cost saving. No need to travel to a traditional classroom at a specific time and place. These online courses are self-paced which you can complete at your own convenience from your home, work or wherever according to your own schedule.

At HAZWOPER OSHA we provide you a customized learning experience tailored to the specific needs of your organization. Our courses follow stringent OSHA guidelines in terms of curriculum; however, we allow employers to add their specific plant or site-related information and questions to our curriculum as well. This results in a more relevant and focused training approach. This customization of our generic courses takes them a notch further in terms of increased employee efficiency and learning experience for organizations.

In terms of online training it takes a lot more than good content to keep the reader engaged and interested. Not only is our course content up to the mark, written by experts; but our focus has also been on how to engage the readers and keep them interested. The key to achieving this target for us is; interactivity.

We have an ever growing library of videos and animations; as well as various interactive exercises to keep the reader engaged throughout the course of the training program. There is nothing like a video to help teach sensitive and complex subjects and processes; and the bottom line; it appeals to audiences of all ages.

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.

Yes. Each OSHA course is planned to present all related OSHA standards, regulations and hazard awareness techniques. The courses are regularly updated with any changes and updates to these standards.

You cannot access the exam until you spend the required hours in training. Our unique programming records the cumulative study time, as seen on the timer on the screen and allows you into the exam once you reach the required time. Remember, training is for your safety.

Our exams are designed to test your understanding of fundamentals so you will be prepared and protected at work. You may take exams as many times as needed to assure you know the fundamentals. You’ll receive feedback on screen immediately after submitting your exam. If you don’t pass, take a break and try again.

HAZWOPER Questions

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.”

These are the only groups required to take HAZWOPER training by federal regulation. There may also be requirements at the state level, so be sure to check the regulations where you operate.

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’s State Plans page for more information about State Plans.

In compliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120 regulations, HAZWOPER certification is required for anyone who works in any of the 3 different levels of HAZWOPER sites – contaminated sites, emergency response and/or Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDF).

OSHA holds the employer ultimately responsible for adequately training their employees. The HAZWOPER certification granted to an employee is held jointly by the training provider and the employer.

There are several levels of training under the HAZWOPER standard, based on the type of work being performed and the potential hazards the employee will face. Training topics and minimum training hours differ for each level. The HAZWOPER training levels under OSHA standards 1910.120(e)(3), 1910.120(q)(6) and 1910.120(p)(7) show the training requirements for workers performing: Contaminated site clean-up; Emergency response; and TSD for hazardous waste.

Receive your certification with our 24 or 40-hour course or renew your HAZWOPER certification with our 8-hour refresher.

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.

SAVING LIVES MATTERS! OSHA protects workers by stressing the importance of safe practices on the job because without an understanding of potential dangers at the work site workers are at higher risk for a workplace injury or death.

Also, by engaging in OSHA training online or in-person, workplaces can utilize cost-effective training measures that can easily meet the legal framework that OSHA requires businesses to have to avoid potential legal proceedings.

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.”

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.”

Your employer must supplement any online course with:

  • Supervised personal protective equipment (PPE) practice, including respirators and full protective gear.
  • Site-specific training to familiarize you with the protocols particular to your duties and employer.
  • The required amount of directly supervised fieldwork (one day for HAZWOPER 24, three days for HAZWOPER 40). The lessons above MUST be separate from your fieldwork.

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.

Technical Questions

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