Federal OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.120, requires individuals who work with hazardous material to refresh their HAZWOPER safety training every 12 months. This OSHA HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher training is intended for individuals who need to refresh their existing 24 or 40 hour HAZWOPER training certification. This course is intended as a HAZWOPER training overview of OSHA requirements learned from the OSHA HAZWOPER Initial Training Certification.
This course meets OSHA’s requirement for annual OSHA HAZWOPER training for those individuals seeking recertification. This OSHA HAZWOPER training refresher course covers the following operations: clean-up operations required by governmental bodies at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); voluntary clean-up operations at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; hazardous waste operations at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; and emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of release of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
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The purpose of this course is to train individuals on OSHA HAZWOPER methods and procedures including:
- Hazard Communication Standards
- Site Characterization and Control
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Hazard Recognition
- Managing Spills
- Emergency Response
- Health and Safety Programs
- Medical Surveillance
OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Course Overview
- Names of personnel and alternates responsible for site safety and health
- Safety, health and other hazards present on the site
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards
- Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site
- Medical surveillance requirements including recognition of symptoms and signs which might indicate over exposure to hazards
- The contents of the site safety and health plan
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should take OSHA HAZWOPER Refresher Training?
Anyone with the initial 24 or 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER training MUST have an annual refresher (every 12 months) to stay current and insure continued certification in HAZWOPER and Emergency Response.
What if refresher training isn’t received in 12 months?
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.”
Are Management and Supervisors required to receive OSHA HAZWOPER Training?
On-site management and supervisors directly responsible for, or who supervise employees engaged in, hazardous waste operations shall receive 40 hours initial training, and three days of supervised field experience (the training may be reduced to 24 hours and one day if the only area of their responsibility is employees covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii)) and at least eight additional hours of specialized training at the time of job assignment on such topics as, but not limited to, the employer’s safety and health program and the associated employee training program, personal protective equipment program, spill containment program, and health hazard monitoring procedure and techniques.