HAZWOPER Annual 8-Hour Refresher (29 CFR 1910.120) In compliance with the Occupational afety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.120, this 8-hour annual training is to recertify individuals who have already taken the 40-hour or 24-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. The 8-hour annual refresher-training course can be taken on-line while complying with the OSHA regulations. While this training course is very comprehensive, site-specific training should be taken for certain hazardous materials that may be encountered at different sites.
HAZWOPER refresher training must be given on an annual basis. Failure to complete the training will result in loss of certification.
A. Describe HAZWOPER refresher training and other requirements for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) workers.
B. Describe various types of hazardous substances.
C. Define toxicity and describe factors that affect it.
D. Describe hazardous substance labeling requirements and standards.
E. Describe factors associated with respiratory protection.
F. Describe various types of and selection criteria for personnel protective equipment.
G. Describe decontamination guidelines and methods.
H. Describe proper handling of drums and other hazardous waste containers.
I. Recognize results of mixing incompatible chemicals and list examples of various incompatible chemicals.
J. Take the HAZWOPER Certification exam.
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HAZWOPER Responder's Role in the Community
OSHA standards and letters of interpretation require employers to tailor HAZWOPER responder training or HAZWOPER refresher training and PPE to (1) the duties that HAZWOPER responders are "expected" to perform, and (2) the expected hazards that HAZWOPER responders can reasonably be anticipated to encounter while performing those duties. Thus, both the duties and the hazards must be defined in order to reasonably establish training and protection for an HAZWOPER responder.
Specifically, in a 1991 letter of interpretation OSHA clarified that HAZWOPER personnel should be trained in accordance with the responsibilities they will be expected to assume during an emergency response as described in the community emergency response plan (OSHA, 1991-McNamara).This guideline applies to HAZWOPER refresher training. Furthermore, OSHA's Personal Protective Equipment standard requires that the employer select appropriate PPE based on the hazards that are present, or likely to be present, including fore-seeable emergencies (see Personal Protective Equipment for additional information on required written documentation associated with the PPE and respiratory protection selection processes). When specific hazards cannot be identified in advance, OSHA expects that employers will consider the reasonably anticipated "worst-case employee exposure scenarios".
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