What Is HAZWOPER? Who Needs HAZWOPER Training (and When)?

HAZWOPER is the term used to describe Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard by OSHA (29 CFR Part 1910.120). Because of hazardous waste’s significant threat to workers’, public and environmental health, OSHA’s HAZWOPER standard was issued to protect workers engaged in hazardous waste clean-up and emergency response operations.

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HAZWOPER is the term used to describe Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard by OSHA (29 CFR Part 1910.120). According to Pete Rice, Certified Safety Professional and Industrial Hygienist, hazardous substances are “a serious safety and health problem that continues to endanger human and animal lives and the environment. Discarded hazardous substances or hazardous waste that is toxic, flammable or corrosive can cause fires, explosions and pollution of air, water, and land. Unless hazardous wastes are properly treated, stored or disposed of, they will continue to do great harm to livings things that contact them now or in the future.”

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