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. HAZWOPER is the term that is used to refer to many types of hazardous waste operations and emergency services especially those conducted under the U.S. federal government. We have a massive amounts of HAZWOPER training that cover all facets of HAZWOPER from accidental spills and cleanup procedures, decontamination procedures and emergency response plan to medical surveillance programs, personal protective equipment, fire prevention and much, much more!
Although the acronym predates OSHA today HAZWOPER is a term most often used to describe OSHA-required regulatory training. It had relevance dating back to World War II when waste accumulated in construction of the Atom Bomb at the Hanford Site. Years later, high-profile environmental mishaps forced action from the legislative branch of the U.S. government. For example, the 1978 Love Canal disaster and 1979 Valley of the Drums incident awakened America to the need to control and contain hazardous waste. Two programs, CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act) and RCRA, (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) were implemented to deal with these wastes.
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