HAZWOPER is an acronym which stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.
According to OSHA, the HAZWOPER standard applies to five groups of employers and their employees and specifically includes any employees who are exposed to hazardous substances and who are engaged in several operations including clean-up, treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste.
In addition, workers involved in an emergency response operation dealing with hazardous waste and workers who have to perform duties at a waste site where hazardous contamination are equally expected to be fully trained and protected.
o High concentrations of toxic substances.
o Situation that is life or injury threatening.
o Imminent Danger to Life and Health (IDLH) environments.
o Situation that presents an oxygen deficient atmosphere.
o Condition that poses a fire or explosion hazard.
o Situation that required an evacuation of the area.
o A situation that requires immediate attention because of the danger posed to employees in the area.
Employees and employers covered by the OSHA HAZWOPER standard are required to take the initial HAZWOPER training which consists of a 24 or 40-hour course. Depending on your job type and experience, you may be able to take the 24-hour course to meet your HAZWOPER training requirement.
Every year after the initial training requirement has been met, workers are required to take an 8-hour HAZWOPER refresher course. This refresher course is designed to meet the annual training requirement for hazardous waste operations and emergency response workers.
At EOMC, we are always prepared, but hope we never have to put this training into place. This is just another example of how we take pride in taking care of our community.