Safety Focus of the Week: HazWOPER
HazWOPER is stands from Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response. It is based on OSHA standard 1910.120 and it applies to workers involved in hazardous waste cleanup operations and emergency response to spills. The purpose of the standard is to provide training to workers that might be exposed to hazardous materials in the work place where the work involves the following:
- CERCLA (Superfund Law)
- RCRA (Solid & Hazardous Waste Management, Handling, and Disposal)
- Designated State & Local Sites
- Emergency Response to Hazardous Waste Spills
The 40-hour training involves an overview of the standard and its application, identification of hazardous materials and conditions, personal protective equipment (PPE) for different conditions, proper labeling, managing of waste, and other items. The course touches on legal issues, chemistry, physics, and even leadership. The student receives class-room training, hands on practice with monitoring instruments, drills wearing extensive PPE, and group sessions preparing a project specific Health & Safety Plan for a illustrative project situation.
Worker’s end up with valuable insight to safe work practices and appreciation for the employers/employee obligations. HazWOPER Training is a win/win for both the employee and the employer.