HAZWOPER Certification

If you are looking for HAZWOPER Certification training, please visit National Environmental Trainers®.

HAZWOPER certification can be done by completing either the 40 or 24 hour HAZWOPER course. Annual refresher must then be taken to maintain the certification. Listed below are the OSHA HAZWOPER certification regulations for your review as they relate to RCRA hazardous waste or permitted TSDF’s.

1910.120(a)(2)(iii)(B) Employers who are not required to have a permit or interim status because they are conditionally exempt small quantity generators under 40 CFR 261.5 or are generators who qualify under 40 CFR 262.34 for exemptions from regulation under 40 CFR parts 264, 265 and 270 (“excepted employers”) are not covered by paragraphs (p)(1) through (p)(7) of this section. Excepted employers who are required by the EPA or state agency to have their employees engage in emergency response or who direct their employees to engage in emergency response are covered by paragraph (p)(8) of this section, and cannot be exempted by (p)(8)(i) of this section. ..1910.120(a)(2)(iii)(C)

1910.120(a)(2)(iii)(C) If an area is used primarily for treatment, storage or disposal, any emergency response operations in that area shall comply with paragraph (p) (8) of this section. In other areas not used primarily for treatment, storage, or disposal, any emergency response operations shall comply with HAZWOPER certification paragraph (q) of this section. Compliance with the requirements of paragraph (q) of this section shall be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of paragraph (p)(8) of this section.

1910.120(a)(2)(iv) Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances which are not covered by paragraphs (a)(1)(i) through (a)(1)(iv) of this section must only comply with the requirements of paragraph (q) of this section.

Employers selecting respiratory protection and PPE must consider factors outlined in OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134) and Personal Protective Equipment standard (29 CFR 1910.132). For both respirators and PPE, a primary selection factor is the hazards that workers are likely to encounter and both standards contain requirements for written documentation.

Incident Command Responsibilities

The HAZWOPER incident commander is responsible for determining an appropriate level of respiratory protection for HAZWOPER responders at emergency scenes involving the release of a known hazardous substance(s), or entry into the dangerous area of the scene after the substance is characterized. However, in some circumstances, OSHA’s HAZWOPER Certification standard prescribes the level of protection. Specifically, an SCBA respirator is required when an IDLH atmosphere is present, including occasions when the hazardous substance is unidentified or information is inadequate to rule out an IDLH environment.

OSHA’s Respiratory Protection standard requires that for an IDLH environment the SCBA must be configured as a full facepiece pressure demand SCBA certified by NIOSH for a minimum service life of thirty minutes, or as a combination full facepiece pressure demand supplied-air respirator (SAR) with auxiliary self-contained air supply (29 CFR 1910.134 (d)(2)(i)(A) and (B)). Furthermore, Appendix B of the HAZWOPER certification standard indicates that where an IDLH environment is present, Level A or Level B PPE are required, depending on whether the hazard includes a substance that can be absorbed or is hazardous to the skin (requiring Level A) or not (Level B permitted).

A HAZWOPER certification table can be found at National Environmental Trainers®.