OSHA 24 Hour Hazwoper Occasional Site Worker Training
|TIME TO COMPLETE:||Approximately 24 hours, All Online|
|CONTINUING EDUCATION:||2.4 CEUs, 24 contact hours|
|ACCOUNT ACTIVE FOR:||90 days|
|REGULATIONS SATISFIED:||29 CFR 1910.120 (e)|
|PREREQUISITES:||None. This is the basic course for workers new to the field of hazardous waste.|
|REFRESH AGAIN:||1 year|
"It has been some years since I completed a 24-hour hazmat certification and thought it was time for a refresher. I did the Hazmat school course that was recommended from several of my peers. After reading the book I did the online presentation over the weekend. The online part was, for me, easy...just read along, listen to the narration and then go to the next section when ready. Reading the book prior to the online presentation, for me, was the key and sped the presentation along at pleasant pace without having to stop to read. The final test was not a giveaway. The course, as well as the testing, is thorough, somewhat challenging and gave me some insights and a refresher to my knowledge base. I would and will recommend Hazmat School in the future." -David P. 2017
WHY OSHA SAYS YOU CANNOT TAKE A 40-HOUR HAZWOPER COURSE ONLINE:
Is it possible to satisfy the requirements for 40 hours of classroom training solely through an on-line course or would there need to be a supplemental portion of the training reserved for hands-on training in addition to the 3 day on the job training in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and work practices by which an employer can minimize risks from hazards?
OSHA's answer: Self-paced, interactive computer-based training can serve as a valuable training tool in the context of an over-all HAZWOPER training program. However, use of computer-based training by itself would not be sufficient to meet the standard's various training requirements. OSHA urges employers to be wary of relying solely on generic "packaged" training programs in meeting their training requirements since training required under HAZWOPER includes site-specific elements which need to be tailored to the individual worker's assigned duties.
If you have a 40-hour online HAZWOPER certification and you are audited by OSHA you will be fined! Training companies do not get fined for this so they can offer whatever training they would like to. There are no repercussions. In 1910.120(e)(3)(iv) of the standard, OSHA states that workers with 24 hours of training who become general site workers or who are required to wear respirators, shall have an additional 16 hours plus the two days of on the job training necessary to total the training specified in paragraph (e)(3)(i).
OSHA's answer: No. Supervised field experience is part of an employee's initial training, taking place after he or she has completed the off-site classroom instruction. Employees must be able to familiarize themselves with the equipment and field conditions under which they will be expected to work. The initial three days in the field under the supervision of another experienced employee combined with the required classroom instruction is required for new employees.
Check out OSHA's letter about it here!