40 Hour HAZWOPER Training

The 40-Hour HAZWOPER training course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.

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;
  • Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.


OSHA CFR 1910.120(e) states that General Site Workers must receive 40 hours of training offsite. A General Site Worker is one who works on the site every day and is typically exposed to hazardous materials that are equal to or over the Permissible Exposure Level.

The General Site Worker must also receive at least three days of actual field experience under a trained, seasoned supervisor. The three days field experience under a trained, experienced supervisor are the responsibility of the student’s employer or potential employer. It is important to note that the worker must have completed the 40 hours of off-site training before entering the job site.

Occasional Site Workers are those who are only exposed to under the Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL). These workers are typically managers, supervisors, surveyors, drivers, etc. Those workers may take the 24 Hour HAZWOPER Course. The Occasional Site Worker only needs one day of field experience as certified by their employer.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be issued Hawkeye Safety’s “24-Hour Hazardous Waste Worker” Certification. The certificate issued will be for “Level D”. To obtain a “Level C” certificate, you must provide us with a copy of your most recent Fit Test record.


* Upon course completion students will receive OSHA Certificates and wallet cards for the Hazwoper certification.

** Subject to minimum class size requirements. All classes must be paid in advance. Missed and/ or re-scheduled classes with less than 2 weeks notice are non-refundable. Students are placed in a future class.

*** CLASSES with less than 20 students may be rescheduled. All safety classes are payable in advance. Cancellation with less than 2 weeks written notice is non-refundable. Students will be placed in a future class if they cancel or “no show” with less than 2 weeks notice. Minimum class size requirements are subject to change without notice.

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