OSHA Hazardous Waste Safety

This course presents an overview of Hazardous Waste safety guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to OSHA Hazardous Waste Safety Training
  • Written Safety and Health Program
  • Recognizing Hazardous Waste
  • Evaluating Exposure to Hazardous Waste
  • Control and Prevention

Course Description

This course presents an overview of Hazardous Waste safety guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Topics include recognizing and identifying hazardous wastes, minimizing exposure to hazardous wastes, implementing safety and health programs, and completing required training.

The OSHA Hazardous Waste Safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Hazardous Waste Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to OSHA Hazardous Waste Safety Training

  • Key Terms
  • Hazardous Waste Statistics
  • Purpose of OSHA Regulations
  • Health and Environmental Effects of Hazardous Waste Exposure

Written Safety and Health Program

  • Program Requirements
  • Work Plan
  • Site Evaluation and Control
  • Site-Specific Safety and Health Plan
  • Training Program Requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program
  • Monitoring Air Quality
  • Medical Surveillance Program
  • Decontamination Procedures
  • Emergency Response Plan

Recognizing Hazardous Waste

  • Types of Hazardous Waste
  • Characteristics of Hazardous Waste
  • Ignitability
  • Corrosivity
  • Reactivity
  • Toxicity
  • Hazardous Waste Identification Process
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Exclusions
  • Listed Wastes

Evaluating Exposure to Hazardous Waste

  • Surface Contamination and Monitoring
  • Monitoring for Contamination of Equipment and Tools
  • Monitoring for Dermal Exposure
  • Air Contamination and Monitoring

Control and Prevention

  • Personal Protective Equipment Standards
  • Using Safer Chemicals
  • Engineering Controls and Work Practices
  • Handling and Labeling Drums and Containers
  • Sanitation of Temporary Work Sites
  • Record Keeping

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

OSHA instituted a standard that requires each employer to develop and implement a written Safety and Health Program. The primary purpose of the program is to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths; and to prevent the suffering and financial hardship these events can cause workers, their families, and employers.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

All employees must be certified to confirm that they have been trained by a designated professional to perform their jobs safely and effectively. The level of training required by each employee depends on the nature of the job and his or her job level. For example, as the type of training program may be different for workers who are routinely on site, for workers who receive minimal exposure to hazardous waste, for emergency response personnel, and for first responders and HAZMAT specialists.

All of these positions require annual refresher training.

OSHA requires that employers develop and implement a training program for all employees, contractors, and subcontractors who are exposed to safety and health hazards during hazardous waste operations.

What are the governing regulations?

In 1989 OSHA issued the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), commonly known as CFR Part 1910.120. The purpose of this standard is to protect workers who are exposed to hazardous waste and to set forth regulations on how to safely handle and dispose of it. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA, which is pronounced rick-ra) to make sure that wastes are safely supervised and managed for the protection of human health and the environment.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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