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Levels of HAZWOPER Training

Before you can enter or start work on an uncontrolled hazardous waste operation, you need to learn how to stay safe while handling dangerous chemicals.

HAZWOPER training is not one-size-fits-all: Workers with different responsibilities must have training that covers what they must do—or not do—in order to protect themselves around hazardous substances. Please view the 27 OSHA Plan States. which are state-level regulatory agencies that implement and enforce HAZWOPER regulatory programs. State-level programs often exceed federal regulations.

There are three levels of HAZWOPER training as listed in 29 CFR Part 1910.120. Within these three levels, there are various job functions and training requirements.

Operation Initial Training Annual Refresher Training Citation 29 CFR 1910.120View Infographic
Site Clean Up Operations
General Site Workers 40-hours (
Register Now ) + 3 days of supervised field experience provided by the employer
8-hours Register Now (e)(3)(i)

Occasional Site Workers 24-hours ( Register Now ) with one day of field experience 8-hours Register Now 
Management/Supervisor Training (40-hours (
Register Now ) OR 24-hours ( Register Now )) + 3 days of supervised field experience provided by the employer + 8 hours of supervisor training (coming soon)
8-hours Coming Soon 
Treatement, Storage & Disposal (TSD) Facilities
TSD Site Workers 24-hours (coming soon) 8-hours Coming Soon (p)(7)(i)

Emergency Responders
First Responder Awareness No hourly requirement; Competency-based; No hourly requirement; Competency-based; Coming Soon (q)(6)(i) & (q)(8)

First Responder Operations 8-Hours No hourly requirement; Competency-based; Coming Soon (q)(6)(ii) & (q)(8)
Hazardous Materials Technician 24-hours No hourly requirement; Competency-based; Coming Soon (q)(6)(iii) & (q)(8)
Hazardous Materials Specialist Technician Level Competencies No hourly requirement; Competency-based; Coming Soon (q)(6)(iv) & (q)(8)
Incident Commander 24 hours equal to first responder operations Competencies No hourly requirement; Competency-based; Coming Soon (q)(6)(v) & (q)(8)
Operation: General Site Workers
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
40-hours + 3 days of supervised field experience provided by the employer8-hours
Register NowRegister Now
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120: (e)(3)(i)
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Operation: Occasional Site Workers
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
24-hours with one day of field experience8-hours
Register NowRegister Now
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(ii)
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Operation: Management/Supervisor Training
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
(40-hours ( Register Now ) OR 24-hours ( Register Now )) + 3 days of supervised field experience provided by the employer + 8 hours of supervisor training (coming soon)8-hours (Coming Soon)
Register Now
Register Now
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(4)
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Operation: TSD Site Workers
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
24-hours ( Coming Soon )8-hours ( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (p)(7)(i)
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Operation: First Responder Awareness
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
No hourly requirement; Competency-based; No hourly requirement; Competency-based;
( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(i) & (q)(8)
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Operation: First Responder Operations
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
8-hours No hourly requirement; Competency-based;
( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii) & (q)(8)
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Operation: Hazardous Materials Technician
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
24-hours No hourly requirement; Competency-based;
( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii) & (q)(8)
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Operation: Hazardous Materials Specialist
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
Technician Level Competencies No hourly requirement; Competency-based;
( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iv) & (q)(8)
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Operation: Incident Commander
Initial TrainingAnnual Refresher Training
24 hours equal to first responder operations Competencies No hourly requirement; Competency-based;
( Coming Soon )
Citation 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(v) & (q)(8)
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