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Regulations: OSHA - 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i)
Duration: 40 hours
CEUs: 4.0
Language: English

The OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER online course provides in-depth training on how to perform post-emergency response activities and cleanups/remediation at industrial sites, Superfund and RCRA corrective action sites, and voluntary cleanups involving hazardous substances. Training includes hazard recognition, exposure limits and risk evaluation for chemical and general site safety concerns. You will review the technology and methods available to monitor and detect hazardous materials, learn how to control and contain chemical spills, establish a decontamination process, and select and use worker protective equipment, among a wide variety of other subjects. 

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.

The OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER 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. HAZWOPER 40-Hour is required for employees working on a project consisting of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation mandated by the Government. 

This course is intended for all general site workers who remove hazardous waste or who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. 

This OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER course requires annual8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher training to keep current and comply with OSHA regulations. Refresher training should be completed within one year of completing this initial training course and every year thereafter. 

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. 



Section Title 

Course Overview 




40 Hour HAZWOPER Online 

Module 1 




Module Overview - Legal Issues 


Introduction to OSHA 


Introduction to HAZWOPER 


HAZWOPER Training 


Regulatory Compliance 


Safety and Health Program 


Medical Surveillance 


Module 1 Exam 

Module 2 




Module Overview - Toxicology 


Introduction to Toxicology 


The Importance of Dosage 


Types of Toxic Substances 


Toxicological Effects 


Factors that Influence Toxicity 


Module 2 Exam 

Module 3 




Module Overview - Chemical Hazards 


Introduction to Industrial Hygiene 


Introduction to Biological Hazards 


Hazard Communication 


Physical and Chemical Properties 


Introduction to Radiation 


Module 3 Exam 

Module 4 




Module Overview - Physical Hazards 


Walking and Working Surfaces 


Fall Prevention and Protection 


Electrical Hazards 


Introduction to Confined Spaces 


Cold Illnesses and Injuries 


Heat Illnesses and Injuries 


Heat Illness Prevention 


Using the Heat Index 


Other Physical Hazards 


Module 4 Exam 

Module 5 




Module Overview - Basic PPE Overview 


Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment 


Introduction to Respiratory Protection 


Introduction to Chemical Protective Clothing 


Introduction to Monitoring and Detection 


PPE for the Head, Eyes, Face, and Ears 


PPE for the Hands and Feet 


Module 5 Exam 

Module 6 




Module Overview - Waste Site Operations 


Site Characterization and Analysis 


Site Control Tactics and Strategy 


Job Hazard Analysis 


Handling Drums and Containers 


Sampling Methods and Procedures 


Managing Chemical Spills 


Introduction to Decontamination 


Emergency Response 


Understanding Temporary HAZWOPER Worksites 


Module 6 Exam 

Module 7 




Module Overview - Using Respiratory Protection 


Using Respiratory Protection 


Types of Respiratory Protection 


Respirator Selection and Use 


Respirator Medical Evaluation 


Respirator Fit Testing 


Respirator Training Requirements 


Respirator Maintenance and Care 


Module 7 Exam 

Module 8 




Module Overview - Using Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) 


Medical Considerations for Wearing CPC 


Using Chemical Protective Clothing 


Chemical Protective Clothing Selection 


Chemical Protective Clothing Classifications 


Donning and Doffing CPC 


Inspection, Storage, and Maintenance of CPC 


Decontaminating and Cleaning CPC 


Module 8 Exam 

Module 9 




Module Overview - Using Monitoring and Detection Devices 


Preventing Sparks During Gas Detection 


Sensor Technology 


Types of Gas Detection Systems 


Using Colorimetric Tubes 


Using Combustible Gas Indicators 


FIDs and PIDs 


Other Detection Devices 


Module 9 Exam 

Module 10 




Module Overview - Video Equipment Familiarization 


Respiratory Video Section 


Level-A Video Section 


Level-B Video Section 


CPC Components and Accessories Video Section 


Monitoring and Detection Video Section 


Miscellaneous Tools and Equipment Video Section 




40 Hour HAZWOPER Summary and Conclusion 


Following the completion of all training content and achievement of passing scores on all exams, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.

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.

AdvanceOnline Solutions’ 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 40+ hours in the training course
  • Complete all training within 3 months (90 days) of the course start date
  • Complete the course survey   


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)   
(800) 321-OSHA   
200 Constitution Avenue  
Washington, D.C.  20210  

HAZWOPER Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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."

AdvanceOnline Solutions is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). AdvanceOnline complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, AdvanceOnline is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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