HazWoper 40-Hour Health & Safety Online - Course 1565

HazWoper 40-Hour Health & Safety Online

  • FDEP OCP 04131036 : CEUs: 4.0 DW WW
  • Solid Waste I II III/C&D/TS/MRF: 8.0
Coordinator Carol Hinton     email: chinton@treeo.ufl.edu     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3875

This self-paced HazWoper education course on the Internet meets the OSHA/EPA training requirements for workers performing hazardous waste site functions in accord with the provisions of 29 CFR 1910.120. The regulation stipulates that employers at hazardous waste sites, and at many other "sites" as further defined by the regulation, shall ensure that all workers with the potential of chemical exposure will receive a minimum of 40 hours of waste site health and safety training and 24 hours of on-the-job training at the worksite.

About the Course

Content for the academic portion of the course will be provided through text, manuals, web sites, assignments and exercises. Students will also be required to participate in hands-on training in the proper use of personal protective equipment, site control, safe work practices, and the use of engineering controls an employee can use to help the employer reduce waste site hazards.

Upon completion of the online section of the 40-hour class, students must sign up for 8 hours of hands-on training at UF/TREEO and complete a final exam in order to fulfill certificate requirements. The proctored final exam should be scheduled with UF/TREEO, yet can be taken at your work-site. Students have six months to complete the course.

Who Should Attend
The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances-- including hazardous waste--and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v): 
  • clean-up operations--required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other
    involving hazardous substances-- that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; 
  • corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation
    and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.); 
  • voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental
    body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; 
  • operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal
    facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to
    RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to
    implement RCRA regulations; and 
  • emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of release of, hazardous
    substances regardless of the location of the hazard. 
Examples of the above would be individuals involved in the following: Removal or handling of underground tanks and/or piping, contaminated soil and/or groundwater, subsurface investigations, construction work in which hazardous materials may potentially be present, encountered, prepared, packaged, labeled, marked, stored, shipped for disposal, and for any facility wherein hazardous wastes are treated, stored, or disposed. Personnel who are involved in the above disciplines are required to have initial and recurrent training.


Hands-on Training Dates

Upcoming hands-on training opportunities at the TREEO Center:  Call for Hands-On Date Availability

Topics Include

  • Regulations Overview
  • Site Characterization
  • Hazard Recognition
  • Toxicology
  • Chemical Awareness
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Air Monitoring and Personal Sampling
  • Radiological Hazards
  • Material Sampling
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Confined Space
  • Excavation

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.
  • You must complete the coursework before taking the hands-on portion of the course.

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.)

Certification and Accreditation

For more information on certification and accreditation, visit the Continuing Education Credit Information  page.


Lesson 1 - Regulations Overview
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Provisions of 29 CFR 1910.120
CFR Exercise OSHA and EPA Standards
OSHA and EPA Standards Exercise
Safety and Health Program
Health and Safety Plan (HASP)
Training Requirements
Hazard Violation Exercise
Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2 - Site Characterization
Purpose and Function
Three Phases in Site Characterization
Key Procedures
Site Preparation
Site Work Zones
Area Delineation Exercise
Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3 - Hazard Recognition
Hazard Recognition
Hazards at a Waste Site
Measures to Prevent Injury
Hazard Assessment Exercise
Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4 - Toxicology
Human Response to Toxic Chemicals
Health Hazards
Routes of Entry
Acute and Chronic Response
Dose/Response Exercise
Chemical Interactions
Exposure Limits
Protection Against Toxins
Toxicology Exercise
Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5 - Chemical Awareness
Acid and Base
Acid and Base p2
Basic Treatment for Exposure
MSDS Exercise
Exposure to PCBs
Flammable Solvents
Flammable Ranges
Solvent Exposure
Chemical Incompatibility
Chemical Worksheet Exercise
Water Reactive Metals
Physical and Health Hazards Exercise
Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6 - Respiratory Protection
Respirator Program
Air-Purifying Masks
Categories of Respirators
Limitations of Respirators
Poor Respirator Fit
Respiratory Protection Exercise
Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Effects Wearing PPE
PPE Program
Limitations of CPE
PPE Protection Against Toxins
PPE Levels
Level A
Level B
Level C
Level D
PPE Inspection Program
Heat Stress
Eye and Face Hazards
Head Protection
Hand Protection
PPE Exercise
Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8 - Decontamination
Standard Operating Procedures
Decontamination Methods
Decontamination Procedures
PPE Rule for Decontamination
Six-Step Decon Line
Emergency Decontamination
Medical Emergencies
Decontamination Procedures Exercise
Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9 - Medical Surveillance
Medical Surveillance Program
Information Provided to the Physician
Occupational History Reports
Workers' Rights
OSHA Standard
Medical Surveillance Program Components
Medical Surveillance Exercise
Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10 - Air Monitoring & Personal Sampling
Air Monitoring Instruments
Direct-Reading Instruments
Toxic Atmosphere Monitors
Active Sampling Components
Passive Sampling
Radiation Dosimeters
Personal Sampling Plan
Benzene Colorimetric Tube Exercise
Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11 - Radiological Hazards
Types of Radiation
Effects of Radiation Exposure
Radioactive Contaminants
Protection From Radioactive Sources
Radiation Exercise
Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12 - Material Sampling
Sampling Plan Components
Informational Components
Documenting Chain of Custody
Types of Samples
Sampling Plan Exercise
Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13 - Emergency Procedures
Emergency Response Plan
Basic Training Programs
Site Control Log
Evacuation Routes
Rescue/Response Action
Spill Response Priorities
Emergency Procedures Exercise
Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14 - Safe Work Practices
Standing Orders
Potential Hazardous Situations
Handling Drums
Hazards Related to Drums
Procedures to Minimize Hazards
Bulking and Staging
Transporting Regulations
Transporting Regulations p2
Emergency Response Guidebook Exercise
Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15 - Confined Space
Entering a Confined Space
Types of Rescue
Health and Safety Hazards
Confined Space Exercise
Lesson 15 Quiz

Lesson 16 - Excavation
Before You Excavate
Excavation Hazards
Access and Egress
Excavation Exercise
Lesson 16 Quiz

Final Exam