Comply with OSHA's HAZWOPER Standards

workplace safetyHazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, more commonly known as HAZWOPER, refers to a standard of training required by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA’s standard 1910.120 requires that employees who are or have the potential to be exposed to hazardous materials or waste receive specialized training in the handling of such materials, and how to respond to emergencies where such materials may be present.  It is the responsibility of employers to make sure that this training is provided.

HAZWOPER Training in Southern California from SoCal First Aid®

Serving Greater Los Angeles, San Diego County, Orange County, Ventura County, and San Bernardino County

No matter what your workplace or what training level your employees require to stay safe and keep in compliance with OSHA’s HAZWOPER standards, SoCal First Aid® can provide the best on-site training in Southern California. Working with employers and their workers in greater Los Angeles as well as San Diego, Orange, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties, SoCal First Aid® does 40 hour HAZWOPER training, 8 hour HAZWOPER training, and more.

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Where do HAZWOPER Standards Apply?

HAZWOPER standards apply distinctly to five groups of employees and their employers:

  • Workers dealing with hazardous substance clean-up, such as oil or chemical spills
  • Workers at clean-up operations as sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976
  • Workers at clean-up operations at hazardous waste sites
  • Workers on sites where hazardous waste is treated, stored, or disposed of
  • Workers at emergency response operations dealing with the release or potential release of hazardous substances

What Counts as a Hazardous Substance?

Hazardous substances and worksites referred to in OSHA standards include the following:

  • Any toxic substance in high concentration
  • Substances or situations that threaten life or injury
  • Oxygen deficient atmospheres
  • Worksites that pose fire or explosion hazards
  • Any situation that requires immediate evacuation

Hazardous substances could include industrial waste, poisons, bodily fluids, radioactive waste, sludge, spill residue, ash emission control dust, leachate, and more.


HAZWOPER Training Levels

There are several levels of HAZWOPER training recognized by OSHA, which must be completed depending on the nature of the work an employee performs and the level of risk faced.

For most workers, HAZWOPER standards require 40 hours of initial instruction, three days of hands-on training, and annual 8-hour refresher courses. Workers limited to specific tasks or those with lower levels of risk may only need 24 hours of initial training, two days of hands-on practice, and an annual 8-hour refresher.  Managers and supervisors must complete the same level of training as those workers beneath them, plus eight hours.

Specific jobs may require additional or unique training. For more information consult OSHA’s guidelines, your local Cal/OSHA office, or SoCal First Aid®.

Communities Served:

Los Angeles County

San Fernando, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale, Pomona, Torrance, Pasadena, El Monte, Downey, Inglewood, West Covina, Norwalk, Burbank, and others.

Orange County

Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, and others.

San Bernardino County

Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Chino, Chino Hills, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Loma Linda, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, and others.

San Diego County

Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, Man Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Vista, and others.

Ventura County

Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, and others.