(Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response)
PTI’s UXO Global program includes an optional added certification for handling hazardous waste and responding to hazardous waste emergencies. The 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) program not only meets the requirement of OSHA, but also gives students a better understanding of how it fits within the UXO field. The course runs concurrent with the UXO Tech I certifications and meets five days over the four-week UXO Tech I course. UXO Tech I’s are required to have HAZWOPER certification to work on Dept. of Defense facilities.
The HAZWOPER standard covers five specific areas of operations, including:
- Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether Federal, state local or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (including, but not limited to, the EPA’s National Priority Site List (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL, and initial investigations of government identified sites which are conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained);
- Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq);
- Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
- Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S.E.P.A. to implement RCRA regulations; and
- Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.
OSHA recognizes several levels of training, based on the work the employee will be performing and the level of hazard they will be facing. Each level requires a different training program, and OSHA specifies topics and minimum training times. Training requirements outlined include the standard 40-hour off-site and three-day on-site, the, eight-hour supervisor and the eight-hour refresher training. The various training requirements are outlined below:
All Workers – Standard 40-hour off-site and three-day on-site HAZWOPER requires that all workers on a UXO site (not just UXO Technicians) have a minimum 40-hour instruction off-site and three days supervised field experience and eight hours of refresher training annually.
Supervisor Training – Managers and supervisors require the same level of training as the people they supervise: 40 hours and the three days of supervised field experience and at least eight additional hours of specialized training on such topics as the employer’s safety and health program, personal protective equipment program, spill containment program, and health hazard monitoring procedure and techniques.
Refresher Training – Employees and managers/supervisors need to receive eight hours of refresher training annually.