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HAZWOPER 40-hour Course

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OSHA has developed the HAZWOPER program to protect workers at hazardous sites. These extensive regulations ensure their safety and health when followed correctly. All of our HAZWOPER courses comply with OSHA regulations.

The HAZWOPER 40-hour course has been reviewed and accepted by OSHA for online distribution.

Course Description

HAZWOPER 40-hour is required for workers that perform activities that expose or potentially expose them to hazardous substances.

This 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.

Topics include protection against hazardous chemicals, elimination of hazardous chemicals, safety of workers and the environment and OSHA regulations. This course covers topics included in 29 CFR 1910.120. 

Please note that 8 hours of hands-on training is required for the 40 hour Hazwoper course and can be completed by a qualified instructor. The three days field experience under a trained, experienced supervisor is the responsibility of the student’s employer or potential employer.


Trainees must have additional hands-on training in the donning, doffing, and use of the Personal Protective Equipment required for their jobsite(s) in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120.

Workers must have 40 hours of initial training and at least three days of supervised field experience before they are allowed to enter the site.

The online course meets the standard requirement of 40 hours of initial training. The required 8 hours of hands-on training can be completed by a qualified instructor. The three days field experience under a trained, experienced supervisor is the responsibility of the student’s employer or potential employer.

Course Pre-Requisite

There are no pre-requisite requirements for this course.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of OSHA and its role in regulating occupational safety
  • Use Site Characterization to establish problems that may exist in your workplace and measures that can be implemented to eliminate hazards
  • Identify hazardous materials existent in the workplace and the possible methods, symptoms and preventative measures of exposure
  • Encourage the use of Material Safety Data sheets (MSDS) to identify and properly handle hazardous materials
  • Familiarize yourself with materials, compounds and mixtures that may present flammable, explosive, chemical or radiological hazards
  • Emphasize the importance of personal protective equipment in limiting hazardous exposure
  • Establish an effective Site Control Program to limit the risk of exposure to only those working in the hazardous work zone
  • Implement procedures for treating workers in the event of hazardous exposure


All module quizzes require a score of 70 to proceed forward in the course. The final exam also requires a minimum score of 70 to receive a certificate of completion. The final exam may be taken three times if necessary.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to print your certificate.


What is HAZWOPER 40 training?

The HAZardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standards regulate the safety of workers who deal with hazardous waste. There are two different levels of initial HAZWOPER training: 24-hour and 40-hour. 

The 40-hour HAZWOPER course serves as the initial training required for workers with the highest risk. You need HAZWOPER 40 if they will be:

  • Regularly working with and cleaning up hazardous materials 
  • Involved in the storage and treatment of hazardous substances
  • Exposed to hazardous waste at or above Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs)
  • Working in an environment that requires a respirator and other PPE more than 30 days a year

You also need HAZWOPER 40 if you'll be supervising employees who do any of the above.

To earn a HAZWOPER 40 card, you'll need to complete 40 instructional hours – which can be completed online – followed by three days of directly supervised fieldwork. OSHA requires hands-on training so that workers practice both the proper use of PPE and the site-specific protocols they'll need in their jobs.

How long is a 40-hour HAZWOPER card good for?

You need to renew your HAZWOPER 40 card every year with an 8-hour refresher course. The deadline is the anniversary of your issue date.

How difficult is the HAZWOPER 40 test?

To pass the final exam for a HAZWOPER 40 course, you need to score 70% or higher. But you have three tries to pass the test before you'll be required to repeat the course.

How many lessons are in the HAZWOPER 40 course?

Our HAZWOPER 40 course has 24 lessons . You'll take a quiz at the end of each lesson to help prepare you for the final exam.

Which Section of the HAZWOPER Regulation Covers Training?

HAZWOPER training requirements are addressed under §1910.120(e) of the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response standard.

How Much Does HAZWOPER Certification Cost?

The cost of HAZWOPER training will depend on which course level you need and where you get it. You should expect initial HAZWOPER courses to cost at least a few hundred dollars. Our online 40-hour HAZWOPER course retails for $255, and you can often find discounts. This is typical for quality online training. Classroom-based HAZWOPER 40 courses can cost three times as much.

Is It Safe To Get HAZWOPER Certified Online?

OSHA requires some in-person learning before you can become HAZWOPER certified, but it’s perfectly appropriate to complete the instructional portion of the training (24 or 40 hours of study time) to be completed online. For many adults, online training has benefits. It allows you to learn at your own pace, study when you’re comfortable and refreshed, and take breaks as necessary.

Once you’ve completed your online course, you’ll need to do a few things in person with your employer to officially earn your HAZWOPER certification. This includes hands-on training in work tasks such as the donning and doffing of your protective equipment and site-specific procedures. Initial HAZWOPER training also requires one to three days of supervised field experience for full certification.

The lessons include:

  • Introduction 
  • Labels and SDS 
  • Regulation Overview 
  • Site Characterization 
  • Toxicology 
  • Hazard Recognition 
  • Hazardous Chemical Awareness 
  • Radiological Hazards 
  • Respiratory Protection 
  • Personal Protective Equipment 
  • Site Control 
  • Decontamination 
  • Medical Surveillance 
  • Air Monitoring 
  • Confined Spaces 
  • Emergency Procedures 
  • Material Sampling 
  • Safe Work Practices 
  • Personal Sampling 
  • Excavations 
  • Fire Protection 
  • Introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens 
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: Control and Compliance 
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: Understanding Hepatitis B 
  • Bloodborne Pathogens: Revisions and Additions to OSHA Standards




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