Who Needs 24 Hour HAZWOPER Training?

Posted on 7/14/2021 by Roger Marks and Roseanne Bottone

OSHA’s HAZWOPER training requirements are complex, requiring varying amounts and types of training for different levels of emergency responders, site cleanup workers, and TSDF personnel.

To provide HAZWOPER training that effectively prepares employees to carry out their responsibilities, employers must understand how OSHA organizes the regulations in 29 CFR 1910.120.

OSHA requires 24 hours of training in three places in the HAZWOPER Standard. 24 hour HAZWOPER training is required for some individuals who respond to hazardous substance releases, some who work at hazardous waste cleanup sites, and some who work at hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities or TSDFs.

While all three groups of employees need 24 hour HAZWOPER training, the information covered during the 24 hours will vary based on an employee’s specific responsibilities under the HAZWOPER Standard.

24-Hour HAZWOPER for Emergency Response

OSHA requires 24 hour HAZWOPER training for hazardous materials technicians, described in the HAZWOPER Standard at 29 CFR 1910.1200(q)(6)(iii). A hazardous materials technician is an employee who approaches the point of a hazardous substance release (or a potential release) to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release.

Recommended 24 hour HAZWOPER course:
24 Hour HAZWOPER—Emergency Response Technician

Sometimes called “hazmat techs” or “industry techs,” technicians are key players on every hazmat response team. Technicians must develop emergency response competencies like hazard recognition, PPE selection and maintenance, functioning within the Incident Command System (ICS) and others detailed in the Standard.  

Annual refresher training is also requried. 

OSHA requires 24 hour HAZWOPER training for emergency responders above the technician level as well, i.e., specialists and incident commanders in the HAZWOPER Standard.

More: HAZWOPER for Emergency Response: Illustrated Guide

24 Hour HAZWOPER for Site Cleanup

Under its HAZWOPER requirements for uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (like Superfund sites) in paragraph "e" of the Standard, OSHA requires 24 hour HAZWOPER training for two types of site workers:
  • Occasional site workers who are on site only occasionally to do a specific limited task and are unlikely to be exposed over relevant exposure limits; and 
  • Workers regularly on site who work in areas that have been monitored and fully characterized to show that exposures are under relevant exposure limits, where respirators are not necessary, and where there are no health hazards or possibility of an emergency developing.

Recommended 24 hour HAZWOPER course:
24 Hour HAZWOPER—Contaminated Site Cleanup

In addition to 24 hour HAZWOPER training, these site workers must complete one day of supervised field experience (29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(ii) and (iii)). Annual refresher training is also required. 

For general site workers engaged in hazardous substance removal like equipment operators, laborers, and supervisors, OSHA requires a minimum of 40 hours of training and three days of supervised field experience.

More: HAZWOPER For Site Cleanup: Illustrated Guide

24 Hour HAZWOPER for Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs)

Thirdly, OSHA requires 24 hour HAZWOPER training for “new employees” at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, defined in 29 CFR 1910.120(p). 

24 hour HAZWOPER training provided for new employees at TSD facilities must enable them to safely perform their assigned job duties without endangering themselves or other employees (29 CFR 1910.120(p)(7)).

Employees at TSD facilities who will respond to releases of hazardous substances should receive training pursuant to their specific role in the emergency response—awareness, operations, technician, etc.—according to the requirements outlined in paragraph q of the HAZWOPER Standard. 

To learn more about who needs 24 hour HAZWOPER training, 40 hour, 8 hour, or other types of training, read: Who Really Needs HAZWOPER Training?

Tags: 24 hour HAZWOPER training, 24 Hour training, HAZWOPER, HAZWOPER 24, OSHA 24 Hour

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Excellent job. Made what is very dry material interesting. Thoroughly explained all topics in easy-to-understand terms.

David Hertvik

Vice President

The instructor created a great learning environment.

Avinash Thummadi

CAD & Environmental Manager

The exercises in the DOT hazardous materials management course are especially helpful in evaluating your understanding of course information.

Morgan Bliss

Principal Industrial Hygienist

This was the 1st instructor that has made the topic actually enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. Far better than the "other" training providers our company has attended!

Lori Hardy

Process & Resource Administrator

Excellent class, super instructor, very easy to follow. No rushing through material. Would like to take his class again.

Lawrence Patterson

EH&S Facility Maintenance & Security Manager

Lion was very responsive to my initial questions and the website was user friendly.

Michael Britt

Supply Chain Director

Lion is easily and consistently the best option for compliance training. I've learned new information from every instructor I've had.

Rachel Mathis

EHS Specialist

Convenient; I can train when I want, where I want.

Barry Cook

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Amazing instructor; real-life examples. Lion training gets better every year!

Frank Papandrea

Environmental Manager

My experience with Lion classes has always been good. Lion Technology always covers the EPA requirements I must follow.

Steven Erlandson

Environmental Coordinator

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Just starting out with shipping lithium batteries? The four fundamental concepts in this guide are the place to start.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.