RCRA Generator Improvements: EPA OK's Online Hazardous Waste Training

Posted on 11/14/2016 by Roger Marks

EPA’s Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule, forthcoming this year, will make major changes to the way facilities store and manage hazardous waste on site. We will talk about many of the critical RCRA updates here at Lion News on a weekly basis. 

Among the updates that will impact generators in the Final Rule, EPA added some clarification to key parts of RCRA. One such clarification is the addition of online training (i.e., computer-based training (CBT) or electronic training) as an acceptable method for training hazardous waste personnel.

As EPA says in its pre-publication version of the Final Generator Improvements Rule, “many generators already use this method for training workers.” So, EPA explicitly allowing generators to use online RCRA training will simply bring the regulations up to date with current industry practices.

Online RCRA hazardous waste training

Is your site ready for the big changes to RCRA in the EPA's now final Generator Improvements Rule? Get up to speed at the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Update Webinar on November 29.

The new hazardous waste training language will be found in the new 40 CFR 262.17, along with the other training requirements for hazardous waste personnel—which are moving to this new section from their former home at 40 CFR 262.34.

EPA does not specify whether this same language will be added to the training requirements for Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs) at 40 CFR 265.16, but based on the language EPA uses in the Final Rule preamble, online hazardous waste training is presumably acceptable for TSDFs as well. 

Online RCRA Hazardous Waste Training, Anytime, Anywhere

Meet EPA’s annual training requirement for hazardous waste personnel with interactive online courses you can access anytime, anywhere. Need refresher training now? A full-time Lion instructor will present the final live RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher Webinar on December 1.

Choose from initial or refresher RCRA training options, courses for managers or personnel, and state-specific online courses for those who manage hazardous waste in California (Title 22), New York (6 NYCRR), and Texas (30 TAC). Learn more at

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