The Initial HAZWOPER Supervisor training course.

Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor (Initial) training is a one-time requirement for workers who supervise HAZWOPER employees.

Like 24-hour and 40-hour HAZWOPER certificates, this certification must be refreshed each year. The OSHA 8 Hour HAZWOPER Supervisor Refresher refreshes Supervisor refresher training and a 24-hour or 40-hour HAZWOPER certificate. Students who have taken Supervisor training can take the HAZWOPER Supervisor Refresher or the regular HAZWOPER Refresher–they do not need to take both.

Supervisor training must be taken after completion of 24- or 40-hour HAZWOPER training. The Initial course cannot be used as a substitute for the HAZWOPER refresher training requirement. Read what OSHA says about that.

Objectives

The objectives for this course are to meet the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(4) for General Industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(4) for Construction. This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA regulations.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(4) and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(4)

Management and supervisor training. On-site management and supervisors directly responsible for, or who supervise employees engaged in, hazardous waste operations shall receive 40 hours initial training, and three days of supervised field experience (the training may be reduced to 24 hours and one day if the only area of their responsibility is employees covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii)) and at least eight additional hours of specialized training at the time of job assignment on such topics as, but not limited to, the employer's safety and health program and the associated employee training program, personal protective equipment program, spill containment program, and health hazard monitoring procedure and techniques.

Topics

This course consists of 19 sections broken down into 3 modules. Since they often build on one another, sections are taken sequentially in the order listed below

Module # Section # Title
Module 1 1 The HAZWOPER Supervisor
2 Laws and Regulations
3 Management's Role in Safety and Health
4 Financial Impacts of Risk Management
Module 1 Exam
Module 2 5 Safety and Health Program
6 Emergency Response Plan
7 Employee Training Program
8 Medical Surveillance Program
9 Personal Protective Clothing Program
10 Personal Protective Clothing Selection
11 Spill Containment Program
12 Heat Stress Program
13 Confined Space Program
14 Hazard Analysis Methodologies
Module 2 Exam
Module 3
15 Supervision and Leadership
16 Job Stress
17 Work Schedules and Working Alone
18 Drug-free Workplace
Module 3 Exam
Conclusion
19 Summary and Conclusion

Exams

This course has 3 module exams based upon the course's 3 modules. Students are required to complete each exam after completing all course sections. There is no final exam.

The exams consist of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass each exam.

If a student does not pass an exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

 

OSHA expects a general hazardous waste site worker who will become a supervisor or manager to receive at least 16 hours of training during the year they become a supervisor. This includes 8 hours of management and supervisory training in addition to 8 hours of refresher training. HAZWOPER requires supervisors and managers to receive training that is, at least, equivalent to the level of training those they supervise have received, and to have at least 8 additional hours of specialized training on the topics listed in 1910.120(e)(4).

Workers must receive additional training, when required by Federal and State OSHA and EPA standards, on the specific hazards of their job.

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 that is supplied by their own company. 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.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Mobile Version

 

We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). Many of our existing courses are presented using Adobe Flash Player and require additional software that may not be available on your mobile device. By comparison, this course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.

FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - Can I use my one-time 8 Hour Initial HAZWOPER Supervisor training course as my refresher training for that year?

No, OSHA would expect a general hazardous waste site worker who is becoming a supervisor or manager to receive at least 16 hours of training during the year they become a supervisor: 8 hours of management and supervisory training in addition to 8 hours of employee refresher training. HAZWOPER requires that supervisors and managers be trained and given supervised field experience to at least the level of the employees who they will oversee, and have at least eight additional hours of specialized training on the topics listed in 1910.120(e)(4).


Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.


Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.


Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.


Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.