40-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker

Prerequisite: 8-Hour Health and Safety Training (e.g., General Hazardous Awareness and Basic Safety Training)

Class Hours: 40

Course Regulation:

 

29 CFR 1910.120:

 

(e)(1)(i): All employees working on site (such as but not limited to equipment operators, general laborers and others) exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards and their supervisors and management responsible for the site shall receive training meeting the requirements of this paragraph before they are permitted to engage in hazardous waste operations that could expose them to hazardous substances, safety, or health hazards, and they shall receive review training as specified in this paragraph.

 

(e)(3)(i): General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance 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.

 

(e)(3)(ii): Workers on site only occasionally for a specific limited task (such as, but not limited to, groundwater monitoring, land surveying, or geophysical surveying) and who are unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and the minimum of one day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.

 

(e)(3)(iii): Workers regularly on site who work in areas which have been monitored and fully characterized indicating that exposures are under permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits where respirators are not necessary, and the characterization indicates that there are no health hazards or the possibility of an emergency developing, shall receive a minimum of 24 hours of instruction off the site, and the minimum of one day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.

 

(e)(3)(iv): Workers with 24 hours of training who are covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii) of this section, and who become general site workers or who are required to wear respirators, shall have the additional 16 hours and two days of training necessary to total the training specified in paragraph (e)(3)(i).

 

29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(9):

 

Equivalent Training: Employers must be able to show by documentation or that the employees work experience and/or training has resulted training equivalent to that training required in paragraphs (e)(1) through (e)(4) of 29 CFR 1910.120 shall not be required to provide the initial training of those paragraphs to such employees and shall provide a copy the certification or documentation to the employee upon request.

 

However, certified employees or employees with equivalent training new to a site shall receive appropriate, site specific training before site entry and have appropriate supervised field experience at the new site. Equivalent training includes any academic training or the training that the employee might have already received from actual hazardous waste site work experience.

 

29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(i):

 

Please note that the regulation also requires a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained, experienced supervisor.

 

Employees shall be able to demonstrate the following in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(2)(i) – (e)(2)(vii): Names of personnel and alternates responsible for site safety and health;

 

Safety, health and other hazards present on the site; Use of PPE required on the site; Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from site 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 paragraphs (G) through (J) of the site safety and health plan set forth in paragraph (b)(4)(ii) of this section.

 

The training shall establish employee proficiency in the duties required by this regulation and shall introduce new or revised procedures, as necessary, for compliance with this regulation.

 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued New Environment, Inc.’s “40-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker” certification.

 

The following topics are covered in this course:

 

  • History of the Law

  • Regulatory Overview

  • Poisons

  • Chemical Exposure

  • Hazard Assessment

  • Fires and Explosions

  • Reference Material

  • Oxidizers

  • Oxygen Deficiency

  • Ionizing Radiation

  • Potential Site Hazards

  • Heat Stress

  • Cold Exposure

  • Noise Exposure

  • OSHA 1910.146

  • Planning and Organizing

  • ERGB Exercise

  • Training

  • Medical Surveillance

  • Site Characterization

  • Air Monitoring

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • Supplies (Air Respirators)

  • Air-Purifying Respirators

  • Fit Test Procedures

  • Chemical Protective Clothing

  • Site Control

  • Decontamination Techniques

  • Drums and Containers

  • Site Emergencies

  • Hazardous Material Terminology

  • Review and Final Test