When: December 6, 2019

Where: Sunshine Safety Council

661 Beville Rd Suite 206, South Daytona, FL 32119-1967

Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

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The term HAZWOPER is shorten for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This specializes response activity is regulated through the OSHA construction standard 29 CFR 1926.65 and is identical to the 29 CFR 1910.120 General Industry regulation. In the heart of the HAZWOPER standard is the protection of workers that have to handle and clean up hazardous substances safely and effectively.

This standard covers the following employer classifications:

  1. Hazardous waste site cleanup operations
  2. Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) facilities
  3. Emergency response operations involving hazardous substances releases for facilities such as Process Safety Management (PSM) locations.

There is two federal agencies that mostly handle HAZWOPER activities and a third that has jurisdiction over transport of hazardous waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a HAZWOPER standard 40 CFR 311 that is identical to the OSHA 1910.120 standard, but EPA has jurisdiction over the local and state government employee that perform hazardous cleanup. OSHA’s standard only has jurisdiction over the private sector workers and not public sector unless the public employer is under one of the 28 OSHA-approved State Plans.

According to OSHA, emergency response for HAZWOPER includes the “response activities where there is an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance, or where there is an uncontrolled release is likely” https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/hazwoper/background.html

However the same OSHA standard differentiates, HAZWOPER does not apply to the “accidental or foreseeable release of a hazardous substance that is limited in quantity, and poses no emergency or significant threat to the safety and health or worker in the immediate vicinity”.

OSHA provides the following chart to help determine if a release is under the HAZWOPER standard.

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