40 Hr Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

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A Five Day Seminar

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. each day.

The Course

This training course has been designed to fulfill the non-site specific offsite HAZWOPER training requirements for personnel working on CERCLA sites, major corrective actions at RCRA sites, and for all other personnel requiring training in accordance with OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion and a wallet card from the National Spill Control School, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Those persons attending the 40-Hour course who are unable to complete field exercises in SCBA and Level A dress-out will be awarded a 40-Hour Certificate.

Classroom/Field Topics

  • Effects of Exposure to Hazardous Materials
  • Safe Operating Procedures
  • Levels of Protection
  • Hazard Assessment
  • Emergency Response
  • Sampling Procedures-water, soil & drums
  • Documentation and Chain of Custody
  • Site Control
  • Safe Equipment Operation
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Air Monitoring
  • Decontamination
  • Shock Sensitive Wastes
  • Spill Containment and Site Clean-Up Methods
  • General and Site Specific Hazards
  • Overview of OSHA/RCRA Regulations
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120
  • Incident Command System (NIMS)
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Hazard Communication 29 CFR 1910.120
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Static Electricity
  • Respiratory Equipment Maintenance
  • Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Heat Stress and Hypothermia
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Drum Handling
  • Site Safety and Health Plan
  • Employee/Employer Rights & Responsibilities
  • Signs and Symptoms of Exposure

Field Exercises

Students will be actively involved in all of these exercises, including a Level A Dressout and Mock “Spill Response” on the last day of class.

  • Demonstration of the Properties of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Fitting / Wearing of SCBA's
  • Fit Tests for Air Purifying Respirators
  • Level A Dressout
  • Decontamination
  • Permeation Experiment
  • Drum Repair
  • Refilling Air Bottles
  • Air Sampling
  • Mystery Drum/Sampling
  • Initial Site Assessment
  • Use of Overpack Drums
  • Demonstration of Cleanup Materials

Additional Information

An examination will be given the last day of the course.

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