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Handling Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is very important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly. OSHA has mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. Regulations have been developed since the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) was developed in 1976 including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials. Our training products on HAZWOPER Handling Hazardous Materials help employees to understand the nature and behavior of hazardous chemicals, and how to reduce or eliminate potential exposure to hazardous materials in their work environments.

WHAT IS THE RCRA? - RCRA is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which was enacted by Congress in 1976. RCRA's primary goals are to protect human health and the environment from the potential hazards of waste disposal, to conserve energy and natural resources, to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to ensure that wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner. RCRA regulates the management of solid waste, hazardous waste, and underground storage tanks holding petroleum products or certain chemicals.

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