40-Hour HAZWOPER Training

Master hazardous waste operations with our OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER online course. Ensure compliance and gain practical knowledge. Enroll today for a comprehensive learning experience!

  • Based on OSHA's training requirements
  • Complete training in 40 hours
  • Earn 4.0 CEUs total upon course completion
  • Tailored for workers in cleanup, emergency response, and hazardous waste management 
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Students who take this HAZWOPER training entirely online are those workers who will receive follow-up instruction with site-specific equipment training conducted by their employer, or those who require 40-Hour HAZWOPER training but will not use any equipment on the work site.  

It should be noted that the 40-Hour HAZWOPER Online training does not allow students the practical experience and ability to handle the tools and equipment available to the HAZWOPER worker. On-site, job-specific equipment training provided by the employer is essential to fulfill the HAZWOPER requirement.  


Students complete the OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training course entirely online. Instead of in-person, hands-on training, students are shown over 100 short video clips that simulate one 8-Hour hands-on session. The video clips demonstrate HAZWOPER equipment in great detail and students have the ability to review the videos as many times as necessary.  


This course is designed to help workers meet the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER training requirement for 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 49 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i).


This OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER course requires an annual 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher training course to stay current and comply with OSHA regulations. the HAZWOPER refresher training should be completed within one year of completing this initial training course and every year thereafter.


Workers must receive additional training, when required by Federal, State, or local regulations, on the specific hazards of their job. Additional training in the use of any personal protective equipment or clothing used as part of emergency response is required and should be provided by your employer.

Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training supplied by his or her employer. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.


Once workers have completed their 40 hours of training, OSHA requires that worker must get supervised field experience.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i)

General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor.

Many people mistakenly think this is part of their initial training and it is NOT. The three-day requirement of direct supervision has nothing to do with the training requirement. This requirement is meant to ensure that newly trained employees are not sent to a work site and left unsupervised but rather get supervised field experience for at least three days. It is not part of their training period; it is part of their job function period. 

This fully narrated course is built for success and includes interactions, exercises, and quiz questions intended to help prepare students for the module exams. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed. Interactions, exercises, and knowledge checks are also provided to aid the learning experience. Students must answer each knowledge check and complete each interaction in order to proceed. Knowledge checks and interactions are intended to help prepare students for the module exams.  

AdvanceOnline’s easy-to-use online environment affords you the flexibility and convenience to complete the course anytime, anywhere.  Upon successful completion of this OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion which you can download and print immediately.  

Each student must fulfill the following requirements to earn a Certificate of Completion for the OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER course:  

  • Adhere to the Honor Code to complete the training yourself  
  • Complete all required course laboratory exercises, you can save your progress as you go  
  • Pass all lesson examinations and the final exam with a score of 70% or better. Participants are given unlimited opportunities to pass the examinations and will receive immediate feedback.  
  • Spend 8+ hours in the training course
  • Complete all training within 3 months (90 days) of the course start date
  • Complete the course survey    

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the OSHA 40 Hour HAZWOPER are to meet the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) for construction. This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i)

"General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor."

After taking this course, you will be able to:  

  • Describe OSHA and the HAZWOPER Regulation and other laws related to the HAZWOPER worker
  • Describe the training requirements for HAZWOPER workers
  • Explain the importance of an effective Health and Safety Program
  • List the components of an effective Medical Surveillance Program
  • Perform site characterization and control by identifying site hazards and implementing steps to minimize these hazards
  • Recognize hazardous substances and research their hazards utilizing various reference sources
  • Understand basic toxicology principles and how they relate to chemical exposure 
  • Select and utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the HAZWOPER worker
  • Understand medical considerations of wearing Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)
  • Understand decontamination methods and the principles of decontamination
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties of hazardous substances
  • Understand the importance of emergency preparedness
  • Demonstrate an awareness of confined spaces
  • Understand the OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard
  • Perform hazardous substance spill and containment techniques
  • Describe various sampling methods and procedures
  • Understand the detection and monitoring tools available to the HAZWOPER worker 


This course has 9 module exams based upon the first 9 modules. Students are required to complete each exam once they complete all the sections within the corresponding module. The intention is that students take the corresponding exam while the information is still fresh. THERE IS NO FINAL EXAM.  

Each exam consists of 10 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass each exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.  

This course consists of 10 modules broken down into 80 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below. 

Overview140-Hour HAZWOPER Training
Module2Module Overview: Legal Issues
 3Introduction to OSHA
 4Introduction to HAZWOPER
 5HAZWOPER Training
 6Regulatory Compliance
 7Safety and Health Program
 8Medical Surveillance
  Module 1 Exam
Module 29Module Overview: Toxicology
 10Introduction to Toxicology
 11The Importance of Dosage
 12Types of Toxic Substances
 13Toxicological Effects
 14Factors that Influence Toxicity
  Module 2 Exam
Module 315Module Overview: Chemical Hazards
 16Introduction to Industrial Hygiene
 17Introduction to Biological Hazards
 18Hazard Communication
 19Physical and Chemical Properties
 20Introduction to Radiation
  Module 3 Exam
Module 421Module Overview: Physical Hazards
 22Walking and Working Surgaces
 23Fall Prevention and Protection
 24Electrical Hazards
 25Introduction to Confined Spaces
 26Cold Illnesses and Injuries
 27Heat Illnesses and Injuries
 28Heat Illness Prevention
 29Using Heat Index
 30Other Physical Hazards
  Module 4 Exam
Module 531Module Overview: Basic PPE Overview
 32Introduction Personal Protective Equipment
 33Introduction to Respiratory Protection
 34Introduction to Chemical Protective Clothing
 35Introduction to Monitoring and Detection
 36PPE for the HEad, Eyes, Face, and Ears
 37PPE for the Hands and Feet
  Module 5 Exam
Module 638Module Overview: Waste Site Operations
 39Site Characterization and Analysis
 40Site Control Tactics and Strategy
 41Job Hazard Analysis
 42Handling Drums and Containers
 43Sampling Methods and Procedures
 44Managing Chemical Spills
 45Introduction to Decontamination
 46Emergency Response
 47Understanding Temporary HAZWOPER Worksites
  Module 6 Exam
Module 748Module Overview: Using Respiratory Protection
 49Using Respiratory Protection
 50Types of Respiratory Protection
 51Respirator Selection and Use
 52Respirator  Medical Evaluation
 53Respirator Fit Testing
 54Respirator Training Requirements
 55Respirator Maintenance and Care
  Module 7 Exam
Module 856Module Overview: Using Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC)
 57Medical Considerations for Wearing CPC
 58Using Chemical Protective Clothing
 59Chemical Protective Clothing Selection
 60Chemical Protective Clothing Classifications
 61Donning and Doffing CPC
 62Inspection, Storage, and Maintenance of CPC
 63Decontaminating and Cleaning CPC
  Module 8 Exam
Module 964Module Overview: Using Monitoring and Detection Devices
 65Prevention Sparks During Gas Detection
 66Sensor Technology
 67Types of Gas Detection Systems
 68Using Colorimetric Tubes
 69Using Combustible Gas Indicators
 70FIDs and PIDs
 71Other Detection Devices
  Module 9 Exam
Module 1072Module Overview: Video Equipment Familiarization
 73Respiratory Video Selection
 74Level-A Video Section
 75Level-B Video Section
 76CPC Components and Accessories Video Section
 77Monitoring and Detection Video Section
 78Miscellaneous Tools and Equiment Video Section
 8040-Hour HAZWOPER Summary and Conclusion

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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) program was created to protect workers at hazardous sites and during hazardous conditions. HAZWOPER generally refers to the act of handling, packaging, storing and transportation of hazardous materials. OSHA designed these extensive regulations to ensure safety and health when followed correctly. Every one of our courses complies with OSHA regulations. 

Who is covered in OSHA’s HAZWOPER Standard?

HAZWOPER applies to five groups of employers and their employees. This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances -- including hazardous waste -- and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):

  • 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;
  • 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 body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations; and
  • emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard. 
Which Substances Qualify as Hazardous?

According to OSHA's HAZWOPER standard, hazardous substances include hazardous waste and other substances that can cause adverse effects to your safety and health. More specifically, they include:

  • Substances defined under section 101(14) of CERCLA
  • Biologic and disease-causing agents
  • Hazardous substances the U.S. Department of Transportation lists under 49 CFR 172.101
  • Wastes or combinations of wastes defined in 40 CFR 261.3
  • Substances defined as hazardous wastes in 49 CFR 171.8
  • Additional information about HAZWOPER training requirements are outlined in OSHA Standard 29 CFR Part 1910.120. 
Which HAZWOPER course do I take?

You should take a 40-Hour HAZWOPER course if you are at a high risk of prolonged exposure of hazardous waste. High risk jobs may include but are not limited to, equipment operators, general laborers, supervisors and other on-site management,  and general site workers.

The OSHA HAZWOPER 40-Hour online course is specifically designed for workers who are involved in clean-up operations, voluntary clean-up operations, emergency response operations, and storage, disposal, or treatment of hazardous substances or uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.  

Take a 24-Hour HAZWOPER if you are only on a hazardous waste site occasionally to do limited tasks and level of hazardous substances does not exceed permissible exposure limits. For example, this can include material technicians and specialists and on-scene incident commanders.

Supervisors who oversee workers with 40-Hour HAZWOPER certification must have taken initial OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training. Supervisors who oversee workers with 24-Hour HAZWOPER certification only need to have taken the initial OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER course.

The OSHA 8-Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor (Initial) training is a one-time requirement for workers who supervise HAZWOPER employees. This supervisor course should be taken after completing either the initial OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training or the OSHA 24-Hour HAZWOPER training.  

8-Hour Refresher training is required annually to maintain knowledge of HAZWOPER safety standards. Workers who have taken 40- or 24-Hour HAZWOPER training must complete their annual training prior to the anniversary of completing their initial 24 or 40 Hours of training. 

Who needs HAZWOPER 8-Hour refresher training?

The 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher course satisfies OSHA's requirement for eight hours of annual HAZWOPER refresher training. This training is designed for workers and managers at uncontrolled hazardous waste operations who previously completed 40-Hour or 24-Hour HAZWOPER training.

 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher training must be completed annually prior to the anniversary of completing the 40-Hour or 24-Hour HAZWOPER training. 

What if refresher training isn't received in 12 months?

If the date for refresher training has lapsed, the need to repeat initial training must be determined based on the employee's familiarity with safety and health procedures used on site. The employee should take the next available refresher training course. "There should be a record in the employee's file indicating why the training has been delayed and when the training will be completed." 



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