Hazardous Material Compliance

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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

     Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) is both an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement for HAZMAT employees. The HAZWOPER standard was created in order to ensure that HAZMAT workers that handled hazardous material were well informed in hazardous material clean up, disposal, and safety.

     The HAZWOPER standard expects workers to be trained in a wide variety of subjects. OSHA requires that all general site workers take an initial 40-hour training course and an 8-hour refresher training course annually. Trainees will learn clean up operations mandated by both Federal and local state regulations. The EPA has compiled a list (National Priority List) of operation sites nationwide that must, by federal enforcement, have all hazardous waste cleaned up and disposed. Employees must be informed of clean up sites on the National Priority List, state priority site list, and sites recommended for the National Priority List by the EPA. Workers must understand and be updated on corrective actions on clean up operations covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA). Training must cover how to employ voluntary clean up operations and how to handle, store, treat, and disposal of hazardous material according to the regulations in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). All trainees are expected to learn how to run emergency response operations in the case of an accidental release, or threat of release of a hazardous material.

Transportation of Hazardous Material (CFR 49)

     Hazardous materials are any materials or substances that are capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property. Their ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity are detrimental towards human and environmental health and can cause serious injury, illness, or death. Workers that handle hazardous materials are required by the Department of Transportation to be professionally trained and supervised by an instructor that understands both federal regulations and emergency response and implements management techniques and safe containment of hazardous materials.

     The Code of Federal Regulation Title 49, parts 100-185 lay strict requirements for employees that prepare hazardous material (HAZMAT) containers, operate vehicles that transport them, or have any direct effects of the transportation of hazardous materials. The transportation of hazardous material can cause serious human harm and the Department of Transportation (DOT) may issue a penalty of upwards to $250,000 per individual that is noncompliant with Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 49.