OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training – 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)

In accordance with Federal OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e).

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HAZWOPER training course provides 40 hours of training that covers the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards, for compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e) regulations. The purpose of the course is to prepare workers involved in cleanup and emergency response operations to work safely in situations involving hazardous substances. The training includes policies, practices, and procedures that help reduce the risk of injury and illness due to harmful exposure on the job.

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Who Needs OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training?

Most workers who are new to uncontrolled hazardous waste or emergency response operations, including

  • equipment operators;
  • general laborers;
  • other general site workers;
  • on-site management and supervisory personnel,

are required to complete 40 hours of HAZWOPER training. Workers who are on site occasionally and are unlikely to be exposed above permissible exposure limits can complete 24-hour HAZWOPER training. All workers who complete HAZWOPER training must take an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year and Supervisors must take the 8-hour Supervisor training.

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What Type of Work is Covered by HAZWOPER Standards?

The HAZWOPER standard covers employers performing the following general categories of work operations:

  • Hazardous waste site cleanup operations;
  • Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities; and
  • Emergency response operations involving hazardous substance releases.

Course Functions

The course is fully narrated and contains interactive exercises and real-world examples. Students have unlimited attempts to pass each lesson quiz and the final exam, which requires a score of 70% or higher. Upon completion, students will receive an official certificate of completion, which they can instantly download and print.

How long does HAZWOPER 40 certification remain valid?

The 40-hour HAZWOPER certification is valid for 12 months. To maintain certification, students are required to complete an 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher course each year.

HAZWOPER Training Modules

The 40-hour HAZWOPER course covers a wide range of health and safety topics relevant to hazardous waste operations, including

  • OSHA Regulatory Standards
  • Planning and Organization
  • Site Characterization
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Toxicology
  • Hazard Classification
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Radiological Hazards
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Decontamination
  • Air Monitoring
  • Compressed Gases
  • Material Sampling and Analysis
  • Handling Drums
  • Confined Spaces
  • Excavations
  • Emergency Response Procedures
Note that although this course satisfies OSHA requirements for the education portion of HAZWOPER training, students are also required to complete three days of in-person training led by a trained and experienced supervisor. Employers are responsible for providing field training, which includes hands-on experience with PPE and an overview of site-specific safety risks.

Some of the benefits of HAZWOPER OSHA Online Training

Once you complete the 40 hours of required study time for the initial HAZWOPER certification, you can take the final exam. Upon passing the final exam you will receive an electronic certificate of your OSHA HAZWOPER training completion which will be emailed to you immediately. The Plastic Wallet ID Card will arrive in U.S. mail within 2-3 weeks after you upload or email your passport style photograph.

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Our training is interactive and designed to provide learners with a personalized and engaging experience. We constantly update our training content and incorporate new videos, graphics, and animations to make learning about hazardous materials and emergency response both informative and enjoyable. The modules are presented by professional voice actors who bring the material to life with an enthusiastic and conversational tone, making the training more engaging and effective.

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This course is taken entirely online and can be accessed from a computer, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. The course is built using responsive design, making it compatible with mobile devices, and allows for flexibility in completing mandatory HAZWOPER training from anywhere with internet access.

Our cloud based Learning Management System tracks your progress, allowing you to switch between your computer and mobile devices without retaking any training content. You can stop your HAZWOPER training in the middle of a lesson on one device and pick it up at the same spot on another. There is no need to complete an entire lesson in order to move from one device to another.

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The core objective of the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training is to meet OSHA’s HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) for the general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) for the construction industry. According to this standard, once workers have completed the initial 40 hours of training, the worker must get supervised field experience. After the initial training is complete, the shorter OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER refresher courses will be sufficient to maintain certification.

According to 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i):

General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous materials 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.

Course Objectives - OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training

Upon completion of this Course, the learner will be able to:

  • Fully understand OSHA HAZWOPER general industry and construction regulations and requirements related to general site workers;
  • Comprehend OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard and Globally Harmonized System (GHS);
  • Understand the importance of an effective HAZWOPER Site Safety and Health Program;
  • Identify potentially hazardous situations involving corrosives, solvents, oxidizers, hazardous mixtures, and reactive chemicals;
  • Understand basic toxicology and chemical safety principles and how they are related to chemical exposure;
  • Understand the principles of decontamination as well as levels of decontamination and its methods;
  • Understand site characterization by identifying site hazards and steps to minimize these hazards;
  • Understand the uses of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and how to identify and select the correct PPE related to a particular hazardous waste worksite;
  • Understand the components of an effective Medical Surveillance Program;
  • Understand the various considerations of an environmental emergency response and the training and actions needed for personnel safety and the safety of others;
  • Explain potential dangers of confined spaces;
  • Understand procedures for safe handling, storage, and transportation of compressed gas cylinders;
  • Recognize the air monitoring and detection tools available to hazardous waste site workers.

The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Course Syllabus

The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training course consists of 18 modules broken down into 80 hazardous materials and emergency response lessons. Students are required to take each lesson in sequential order as listed below.

Course Content


Module 1: Regulatory Overview

Module 1 covers OSHA and HAZWOPER standards for the general industry (29 CFR 1910.120) and for the construction industry (29 CFR 1926.65), in addition to relevant NFPA and DOT information.

  • Lesson 1: OSHA and the HAZWOPER Standard
  • Lesson 2: Hazard Communication
  • Lesson 3: NFPA System and DOT Labels

Module 2: Planning and Organization

The organizational structure of a hazardous waste site is important because it determines how tasks are assigned and how communication flows. The site safety and health plan is important because it outlines the procedures that will be used to protect workers from hazards. The organizational structure of a hazardous waste site will vary depending on the size and complexity of the site. However, there are some common elements that are found in all organizational structures.

  • Lesson 4: Organizational Structure
  • Lesson 5: Site Safety and Health Plan

Module 3: Site Characterization

HAZWOPER Site Characterization is the process of gathering information about a hazardous waste site in order to identify and assess the hazards present at the site. This information is used to develop a Site Safety and Health Plan (SSHP) and to implement safe work practices.

  • Lesson 6: Off-Site Characterization
  • Lesson 7: On-Site Survey and Monitoring
  • Lesson 8: Site Control Strategy
  • Lesson 9: Site Work Zones
  • Lesson 10: Site Security and Communication

Module 4: Medical Surveillance

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance is a program that is designed to monitor the health of workers who are exposed to hazardous waste. The goal of the program is to identify any health problems that may be caused by exposure to hazardous waste, and to take steps to prevent or treat those problems.

  • Lesson 11: Medical Surveillance Program
  • Lesson 12: Program Review and Recordkeeping

Module 5: Toxicology

The goal of HAZWOPER Toxicology is to understand the toxicity of hazardous waste materials, so that we can better protect human health and the environment. This knowledge can be used to develop safe work practices, to prevent exposure to hazardous waste, and to treat people who have been exposed to hazardous waste.

  • Lesson 13: Introduction to Toxicology
  • Lesson 14: Chemicals and Target Organ Toxicity
  • Lesson 15: Factors Influencing Toxicology

Module 6: Hazard Classification

HAZWOPER Hazard Classification is a system for classifying hazardous waste materials based on their physical and chemical properties. The system is used to identify the hazards posed by hazardous waste materials, and to develop safe work practices to protect workers and the environment.

  • Lesson 16: Job Hazard Analysis
  • Lesson 17: Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Lesson 18: Fire and Oxygen Deficiency
  • Lesson 19: Physical Hazards
  • Lesson 20: Other Hazards
  • Lesson 21: Bloodborne Pathogens

Module 7: Chemical Hazards

Chemical hazards are one of the most common hazards associated with hazardous waste. These hazards can be caused by the properties of the waste itself, or by the way the waste is handled.

  • Lesson 22: Corrosives
  • Lesson 23: Hazardous Mixtures
  • Lesson 24: Solvents
  • Lesson 25: Oxidizers
  • Lesson 26: Reactive Materials
  • Lesson 27: Explosives

Module 8: Radiological Hazards

Radiological hazards are one of the most serious hazards associated with hazardous waste. Radioactive materials can cause cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. They can also damage property and the environment. The hazards posed by radioactive waste can vary depending on the specific waste. It is important to be aware of the hazards associated with any radioactive waste that you are working with.

  • Lesson 28: Introduction to Radiological Hazards
  • Lesson 29: Exposure to Radiation

Module 9: Respiratory Protection

Respiratory protection is one of the most important aspects of HAZWOPER compliance. Respirators can protect workers from exposure to harmful airborne contaminants, such as asbestos, lead, and mercury. There are a number of different types of respirators available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The type of respirator that is best for a particular situation will depend on the specific hazards that are present.

  • Lesson 30: Introduction to Respiratory Protection
  • Lesson 31: Types of Respirators
  • Lesson 32: Respirator Selection Factors
  • Lesson 33: Respirator Fit Testing
  • Lesson 34: Training and Maintenance

Module 10: Personal Protective Equipment

Module 10 examines the importance of chemical protective clothing (CPC) and PPE for the eyes, ears, hands, and feet when working in certain HazMat environments.

  • Lesson 35: Introduction to PPE
  • Lesson 36: Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)
  • Lesson 37: PPE for the Head, Eyes, Face and Ears
  • Lesson 38: PPE for the Hands and Feet
  • Lesson 39: Selection of Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Lesson 40: Monitoring and Medical Concerns of PPE
  • Lesson 41: Donning and Doffing PPE
  • Lesson 42: Inspection and Maintenance of PPE

Module 11: Decontamination

Decontamination is the process of removing or neutralizing contaminants that have accumulated on personnel and equipment. It is a critical part of hazardous waste operations and emergency response. The purpose of decontamination is to protect workers and the environment from the hazards of hazardous waste. Contaminated workers can spread hazardous materials to other areas, and contaminated equipment can release hazardous materials into the environment.

  • Lesson 43: Introduction to Decontamination
  • Lesson 44: Decontamination Facility Design
  • Lesson 45: Decontamination Equipment Selection
  • Lesson 46: Decontamination Methods
  • Lesson 47: Testing For Effectiveness
  • Lesson 48: Emergency Decontamination

Module 12: Air Monitoring

Air monitoring is the process of measuring the concentration of hazardous substances in the air. It is an important part of hazardous waste operations and emergency response. The purpose of air monitoring is to identify and quantify airborne hazards, so that appropriate protective measures can be implemented. Air monitoring can also be used to assess the effectiveness of remediation efforts.

  • Lesson 49: Introduction to Air Monitoring
  • Lesson 50: Direct Reading Instruments
  • Lesson 51: Toxic Atmosphere Monitoring
  • Lesson 52: Laboratory Analysis
  • Lesson 53: Site Monitoring
  • Lesson 54: Personal Sampling

Module 13: Compressed Gases

Module 13 surveys the nature of compressed gas cylinders and includes information on proper handling, transportation, and emergency response.

  • Lesson 55: Introduction to Compressed Gases
  • Lesson 56: Safe Handling and Storage of Cylinders
  • Lesson 57: Transportation and Disposal of Cylinders
  • Lesson 58: Emergency Response

Module 14: Material Sampling and Analysis

Module 14 covers various types of sampling plans for use with toxic or hazardous substances on a HazMat worksite.

  • Lesson 59: Field Sampling Plan
  • Lesson 60: Environmental Sampling
  • Lesson 61: Hazardous Material Sampling

Module 15: Handling Drums

Module 15 instructs learners on the proper methods for opening, transporting, and sampling drums of hazardous waste or other toxic or hazardous substances.

  • Lesson 62: Introduction to Handling Drums
  • Lesson 63: Opening Various Types of Drums
  • Lesson 64: Drum Sampling and Characterization
  • Lesson 65: Drum Transportation

Module 16: Confined Spaces

Module 16 covers roles, entry procedures, safety protocols, and emergency response for confined spaces on a HazMat work site.

  • Lesson 66: Introduction to Confined Spaces
  • Lesson 67: Confined Space Roles and Responsibilities
  • Lesson 68: Confined Space Entry Plan
  • Lesson 69: Confined Space Pre-Entry Procedures
  • Lesson 70: Entering a Confined Space
  • Lesson 71: Confined Space Hazards
  • Lesson 72: Confined Space Safety Equipment
  • Lesson 73: Confined Space Rescue and Emergencies

Module 17: Excavations

Module 17 covers excavations on a hazardous waste site, paying special attention to soil classification and the correct use of protective systems.

  • Lesson 74: Introduction to Excavations
  • Lesson 75: Soil Classification
  • Lesson 76: Protective Systems

Module 18: Emergency Response Procedures

Module 18 discusses emergency response measures, first responder considerations, and fire service involvement at a HAZWOPER worksite.

  • Lesson 77: Introduction to Site Emergencies
  • Lesson 78: Emergency Communication Systems
  • Lesson 79: Emergency Evacuation and Response
  • Lesson 80: Site Emergencies Documentation

Final Examination:

The final exam will assess your knowledge of all topics covered in the OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training course. To pass the exam and receive a valid course completion certificate, you must demonstrate familiarity with the subjects covered in the OSHA HAZWOPER regulations, as detailed in 29 CFR 1910.120 and 29 CFR 1926.65.

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This OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training course is designed by OSHA-Certified Outreach Trainers and is updated and reviewed as new requirements or regulations are released by OSHA. This course meets and exceeds the compliance requirements presented in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e) regulations.

HAZWOPER Certification

Once the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save, or print your OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Certification of course completion provided in PDF format. The plastic wallet card will arrive in the U.S. mail within 2-3 weeks.

Training Requirements

OSHA requires that workers must have 40 hours of initial training off the site and at least three days of supervised field experience before they are allowed to enter a hazardous waste or hazardous materials worksite. The three-day field experience under a trained and qualified supervisor is the responsibility of the employer. OSHA also requires an annual OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER refresher course thereafter, in order to maintain this initial certification.

A Final Note

It is important to remember that you are taking the online version of the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training required by OSHA for general site workers engaged in activities involving hazardous substances and hazardous wastes. The hands-on training and field experience required by the HAZWOPER Standard are not a part of this course.

It is ultimately the responsibility of the employer to provide adequate training to its employees depending on their job type and experience and to meet OSHA requirements in the process.

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We can customize this OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training course with your workplace-specific requirements so you can quickly and easily meet your workplace safety and health training goals.

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Answer: All our courses are designed to take a specific amount of time. However, some students may get through the course more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training will take around 40 hours to complete.
Answer: The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification has 12-month validity and can be maintained by taking the OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training course thereafter.
Answer: The 40 Hour HAZWOPER training can be done online, however, it is essential to ensure that the chosen online program is recognized and complies with OSHA standards. Additionally, proper usage of necessary protective equipment must be taught to the student before using it on the job site, regardless of whether the training was completed online or in a physical classroom.
Answer: You can renew your HAZWOPER certification either by taking the OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher Training course or by re-taking the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training.

The course meets and exceeds the compliance requirements of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(e) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e) regulations.

The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification covers the General Site Clean-up provision.

Answer: Our courses allow flexible scheduling, allowing you to complete the training at your own pace. You can start and stop as needed, and the system will track your progress. However, once you begin a section, it's crucial to finish it in one session, or you will have to restart that section from the beginning on your next login.

The 40 Hour HAZWOPER certification is required for workers who are involved in handling hazardous waste operations and emergency response. This includes, but is not limited to, employees involved in cleaning up hazardous waste sites, handling and disposing of hazardous waste, and responding to spills of hazardous materials.

  • Workers who handle contaminated waste, soil, water, etc.
  • Workers who handle tanks which store/treat and pipes which pump in/out contaminated waste.
  • Workers who may work near sites which release contaminated waste.
  • Workers who may work near sites which are contaminated such as hazardous waste treatment plants.
  • Clean-up operations crews of hazardous waste sites.
  • Workers who work with emergency response team which handle or may be exposed to contaminated substances.
  • Workers who work at a listed or proposed for listing site under the Superfund National Priority List (NPL).
  • Workers who conduct operations at corrective action sites under the purview of U.S. EPA's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Answer: The OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training course is targeted at workers who are exposed to contaminated substances which exceed the Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) and hence, must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment.

The OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER Training course is targeted at workers working at contaminated sites but undertake work tasks which do not expose them to hazardous substances at or above the PELs.

Once you’ve successfully completed your final examination for the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER Training, you will be able to immediately download, save, or print your Course Completion Certificate in PDF format.

Answer: To obtain a plastic ID card, upload a passport-style photo in the correct size to your HAZWOPER OSHA Training account or send it via email to [email protected]. The plastic wallet card will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks of finishing the course.
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