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The 40-Hour HAZWOPER course follows the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 for General Site Workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which exposes or potentially exposes workers to hazardous substances and health hazards. During the hands-on portion of the course, instructor(s) will discuss and demonstrate personal protective equipment usage, decontamination procedures and common tasks associated with hazardous waste site or emergency response work. Each trainee will experience work activities while wearing full “Level A and Level B” ensembles as well as donning and doffing an SCBA respirator. Trainees will show proficiency in common tasks during simulated incidents such as manipulating valves to stop liquid or gas flow, plugging and patching punctured containers or rescuing a co-worker. When entering a simulated hot-zone trainees will be trained to utilize atmospheric testing instruments, establish safe working areas and proper set-up of a hazard reduction corridor. Each trainee must implement fundamental tactics learned in the classroom segment of the course to support the skill development needed to safely work at a hazardous waste site.

This training course complies with all mandatory training requirements found in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (e) and the suggested non-mandatory guidelines of 1910.120 Appendix E.

Some topics of coverage include:
Regulatory Compliance Requirements
Common Haz Waste Site Hazards
Reference Sources (ERG, NIOSH Pocket Guide)
Organization of Haz Mat Response Activities
Training Requirements (Awareness, Ops. Levels)
Medical Monitoring Programs
Technical Decontamination Practices
Air Monitoring Programs
Personal Protective Equipment
Decontamination Best Practices
Handling Drums and Other Containers
Site Emergencies
The 9 DOT Hazard Classes
Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health Atmospheres
Respiratory Protection Devices
Hot zone, Warm zone, and Cold zone
Implementing Respiratory Programs