HazWoper 8-Hour Refresher Online - Course 1580

HazWoper 8-Hour Refresher Online

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  • FDEP OCP 04131037: CEUs: 0.8 DW WW
  • Solid Waste Course #218; I II III/C&D/TS/MRF/Spotter: 4.0
Coordinator Vivian Li     email: vivian@treeo.ufl.edu     phone: (352) 392-9570 or 352-294-7047


This self-paced HazWoper education course on the Internet provides the necessary environmental health and safety training required for a Certificate of Completion that will permit the student to continue working at any site requiring HAZWOPER training. This course provides the equivalent of eight hours of refresher training.

The HazWoper 8-Hour Refresher is a WebCT-based, self-paced, open-entry, open-exit, 8-hour waste site worker course meeting the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120, OSHA's Hazardous Waste Site Worker and Emergency Response Standard. The course consists of online text, exercises, self-grading quizzes and final exam (MUST be proctored; is NOT open book). The course is offered through selected member colleges of the Community College Consortium for Health and Safety Training (CCCHST) and is authored and sponsored by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI).

  • Regulations Overview
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Awareness
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Air Monitoring & Personal Sampling
  • Safe Work Practices


This course is for professionals who have completed the Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Materials Activities: Forty-Hour OSHA course. OSHA requires that this eight-hour refresher course be taken yearly to maintain certification.


Requirements for Online Courses:

  • You should be computer literate and familiar with PC-based systems to participate in the online courses.
  • Prepayment is required before you will receive log-in information, including address and password.
  • You must provide an email address at time of registration/payment.
  • Courses must be completed within six months from date of registration. Certificate will be issued on the date you pass the final exam.

System Requirements:

  • Pentium computer or comparable
  • Speakers and soundcard
  • Internet Connection – 28.8 minimum
  • Web browser – Netscape Navigator 4.0 or newer or Internet Explorer 4.0 or newer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or higher (Download free from WebCT site.)

Students have six months to complete the course from the date of their registration.

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Lesson 1 - Regulations Overview
  • Describe employees' rights and responsibilities provided by the OSH Act.
  • Recognize OSHA and EPA standards that apply to work on hazardous waste sites.
  • Describe the purpose and content of the employer's general health and safety program.
  • Identify relevant portions of a complete site specific health and safety plan.
  • Differentiate between the 40, 24, and 8hour training requirements for waste site operations.

Lesson 2 – Health and Physical Hazards

  • List the four main routes for toxic substances to enter into the body.
  • Identify procedures to protect oneself from toxic exposure.
  • Differentiate between the “acute” and “chronic” responses of exposure to toxic substances.
  • List the factors affecting human response to toxic chemicals.

Lesson 3 – Hazard Recognition

  • Describe specific hazards posed by working on a hazardous waste site.
  • Be able to define: hazard, risk, safety
  • Identify measures that can be taken to prevent injury from identified hazards; noise, electrical, work site and equipment, heat stress, cold exposure, biological, bloodborne pathogens.
  • Utilize a model for hazard recognition.

Lesson 4 – Respiratory Protection

  • List the main categories of respirators.
  • Describe the difference between positive pressure and negative pressure respirators in terms of face piece pressure and protection factors.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of a full face piece mask vs. a half face piece mask for air purifying respirators.
  • Identify reasons for poor respirator fit.
  • List components of a respiratory protection program as required by OSHA.
  • Explain the limitations associated with various types of respirators.

Lesson 5 – PPE: Clothing Ensembles

  • Describe the importance of using hazard recognition in personal protective clothing selection.
  • Describe limitations that can affect the protection provided by a chemical protective suit.
  • Explain the differences between Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D protective ensembles.
  • Discuss the physiological effects of a worker wearing PPE.
  • Demonstrate the proper procedures

Lesson 6 – Site Control

  • Identify key procedures used in an effective site control program.
  • List the major steps required for site preparation.
  • Name the three most commonly used site work zones and what they represent.

Lesson 7 – Decontamination

  • Identify Standard Operating Procedures for minimizing worker contact with waste and maximizing work protection.
  • List the four types of decontamination methods.
  • Describe three of the chemical decontamination procedures.
  • Identify and describe procedures for emergency decontamination.
  • List the priorities when planning for decontamination in medical emergencies.
  • Describe the general rule of PPE for decontamination workers.

Lesson 8 – Air Monitoring

  • Identify three of the characteristics of air monitoring instruments.
  • Identify the three types of atmosphere monitors available.
  • Identify three hazards that can be detected with the monitors discussed in this module.
  • Describe the limitations of the different types of air monitoring equipment.
  • Interpret the readings of common instruments.
  • Evaluate air monitoring results presented in scenarios and compare these results to established standards and guidelines.

Lesson 9 – Health and Safety

  • Describe the basic concepts of safety as they relate to "acceptability of risk", as discussed in Module 4, Hazard Recognition.
  • Identify safety hazards that may be present at a waste site.
  • Recognize heat illness symptoms (heat stress, heat exhaustion, heat stroke).
  • Recognize cold illness symptoms (cold stress and hypothermia).
  • Recognize symptoms of fatigue and stress.
  • Describe illnesses related to bloodborne pathogens, transmitted through direct blood contact.

Lesson 10 – Emergency Procedures

  • Describe elements of an effective emergency contingency/spill response plan.
  • Identify guidelines for establishing safe evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Describe importance of a Site Control Log located at the access check points.
  • Explain importance of not participating in a spill response if training or equipment is inadequate.
  • Outline the steps to follow during an emergency response.
  • Identify key elements of an emergency response plan.