When an employee must go to a facility mandated by the government as a location with a risk of Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Operation to perform their employment duties, there is a need to be protected while in the area. OSHA has constructed a learning program required of all who come into contact with such a site to help keep employees safe while on the premises. HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) courses are required of all who will have direct contact with an area where hazardous chemicals or operations are conducted.
Before the employee is to visit the site, they will need to pass an approved course in order to receive credentials specifying they had adequate training in material usage as well as preventative measures they can take while on the site to help keep the risk of a medical condition at a minimum. When one takes this required course, they must complete the requisite level of training via an online program. Afterwards, they will be required to be on the jobsite with a trained supervisor for a full day. This supervisor can be selected by the employer and must also have completed a HAZWOPER program themselves.
To complete such a program, the employer would need to select a reputable site to provide the necessary training materials for their employees. When a service is selected, the employees will have access to log in information as well as individualized passwords so the online program can keep track of hours completed as well as test scores obtained at the end of the training program.
At the end of the course training, employees will understand the role of OSHA and how it helps in protecting employees from hazards. Each worker will be able to successfully identify potential problems within the work site and use the proper methods in eliminating hazards effectively. Those taking the course will be able to identify the names and uses of hazardous materials, know how to look up their properties successfully with Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS) information, and learn how to prevent exposure to the body in an attempt to thwart injuries or health conditions as a result. If they are authorized to handle these materials, they will have the proper training in learning how to protect themselves with appropriate clothing, respirators, or actions to minimize safety risks as well. Workers will also learn to identify the symptoms of hazardous waste exposure in an attempt to receive the proper help for someone else who may have come into contact with a substance themselves.
It is necessary to have each employee trained before they go out into the field where hazardous materials are located. Finding the right program for training purposes is important. Employers need to do their research in the credentials about potential HAZWOPER programs before selecting it for their employees’ use to make sure it is easy to understand and complete in the topics covered.