Hazwoper Training In Ma

Written by Shirley Parker
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A definition is probably required for HAZWOPER. While HazMat is readily identified as meaning Hazardous Materials, HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Stemming from a federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulation, it governs the safety and health of those individuals who participate in several types of cleanup operations: at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites; at specific hazardous waste sites; during selected hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal operations; and in emergency response activities where hazardous materials are suspected.

Many authorized and accredited agencies and schools provide training in basic HAZWOPER procedures. One example is the program conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Minimum requirements include a four-hour class in Basic Cleanup after immediate response to an oil spill. Instruction is detailed and includes safe work practices, the potential hazards of petroleum products, personal protective equipment, decontamination practices, and specific site hazards such as jelly fish, coral, surf or other local dangers.

HAZWOPER Emergency Response Training by the Coast Guard is 24 hours of instruction, which goes into considerably more detail about the necessary procedures during the actual response mode. In addition, the Coast Guard presents a five-day class that provides the necessary skills and knowledge for personnel (both Coast Guard and contractors) to qualify as instructors of HAZWOPER emergency responders.

HAZWOPER Site Operations on Land

Other accredited schools teach full-length courses in characteristics of site hazards, safety planning and site controls, as well as evaluation of hazards and how to monitor air. Students participate in: donning protective clothing; proper soil, water and air sampling; evaluation and control of physical and respiratory hazards; and exercises in decontamination. This type of class is part of a curriculum for those who'd like to pursue a career as a Health and Safety Specialist.

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