HazWoper 24-Hour Moderate Risk

24 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

This Internet-based course provides 24 hours of interactive training online for those needing Moderate Risk certification (29 CFR 1910.120). Topics include exercises on PPE, Regulations, Site Characterization, Confined Space, Decontamination, etc. The course consists of an online text, interactive exercises, web links, self-grading quizzes, and final exam.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1 - Regulations Overview
  • Describe employees' rights and responsibilities provided by the OSH Act.
  • Recognize OSHA and EPA standards that apply to work on hazardous waste sites.
  • Describe the purpose and content of the employer's general health and safety program.
  • Identify relevant portions of a complete site specific health and safety plan.
  • Differentiate between the 40, 24, and 8hour training requirements for waste site operations.

Lesson 2 - Site Characterization

  • State the purpose and function of site characterization.
  • Describe the three phases involved in site characterization.
  • Perform a characterization of a work site.
  • Utilize resources to identify hazards and initiate personal protection and corrective measures.

Lesson 3 - Toxicology

  • List the four main routes for toxic substances to enter into the body.
  • Identify procedures to protect oneself from toxic exposure.
  • Differentiate between the “acute” and “chronic” responses of exposure to toxic substances.
  • List the factors affecting human response to toxic chemicals.

Lesson 4 – Hazard Recognition

  • Describe specific hazards posed by working on a hazardous waste site.
  • Be able to define: hazard, risk, safety
  • Identify measures that can be taken to prevent injury from identified hazards; noise, electrical, work site and equipment, heat stress, cold exposure, biological, bloodborne pathogens.
  • Utilize a model for hazard recognition.

Lesson 5 - Chemical Awareness

  • Differentiate between an acid and a base.
  • Identify the primary health hazards associated with corrosives.
  • Describe the basic treatment for skin and eye exposure to chemicals.
  • Identify materials that are incompatible with corrosives.
  • Explain the difference between flammable solvents and halogenated solvent hazards.
  • Define flashpoint, combustible, flammable, LEL, and UEL and how these terms relate to flammable range.

Lesson 6 – Radiological Hazards

  • Differentiate between an acid and a base.
  • Identify the primary health hazards associated with corrosives.
  • Describe the basic treatment for skin and eye exposure to chemicals.
  • Identify materials that are incompatible with corrosives.
  • Explain the difference between flammable solvents and halogenated solvent hazards.
  • Define flashpoint, combustible, flammable, LEL, and UEL and how these terms relate to flammable range.

Lesson 7 – Respiratory Protection

  • List the main categories of respirators.
  • Describe the difference between positive pressure and negative pressure respirators in terms of face piece pressure and protection factors.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of a full face piece mask vs. a half face piece mask for air purifying respirators.
  • Identify reasons for poor respirator fit.
  • List components of a respiratory protection program as required by OSHA.
  • Explain the limitations associated with various types of respirators.

Lesson 8 – PPE: Clothing Ensembles

  • Describe the importance of using hazard recognition in personal protective clothing selection.
  • Describe limitations that can affect the protection provided by a chemical protective suit.
  • Explain the differences between Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D protective ensembles.
  • Discuss the physiological effects of a worker wearing PPE.
  • Demonstrate the proper procedures.

Lesson 9 – PPE: Face, Head, Foot and Hand

  • List the three potential hazards for eyes and face.
  • Differentiate between class A, B, and C hard hats.
  • List three different types of hand hazards that can be avoided by wearing hand protection.
  • Identify hazards at a waste site where protection would be required for: Eye and face, head, feet and hands

Lesson 10 – Site Control

  • Identify key procedures used in an effective site control program.
  • List the major steps required for site preparation.
  • Name the three most commonly used site work zones and what they represent.

Lesson 11 – Decontamination

  • Identify Standard Operating Procedures for minimizing worker contact with waste and maximizing work protection.
  • List the four types of decontamination methods.
  • Describe three of the chemical decontamination procedures.
  • Identify and describe procedures for emergency decontamination.
  • List the priorities when planning for decontamination in medical emergencies.
  • Describe the general rule of PPE for decontamination workers.

Lesson 12 – Medical Surveillance

  • Specify the purpose of a medical surveillance program.
  • Identify the four components of a complete medical surveillance program.
  • Identify workers' rights as patients in terms of confidentiality, access to records, and reporting of medical exam results.
  • Explain the value and maintenance of workers' own occupational history reports.
  • Identify information provided to the physician by the employer regarding suspected occupational hazards.
Lesson 13 – Air Monitoring
  • Identify three of the characteristics of air monitoring instruments.
  • Identify the three types of atmosphere monitors available.
  • Identify three hazards that can be detected with the monitors discussed in this module.
  • Describe the limitations of the different types of air monitoring equipment.
  • Interpret the readings of common instruments.
  • Evaluate air monitoring results presented in scenarios and compare these results to established standards and guidelines.

Lesson 14 – Personal Sampling

  • List the three parts of an active sampling system.
  • Identify two types of passive sampling devices.
  • Identify two concerns of a personal sampling plan.

Lesson 15 – Material Sampling

  • Describe the steps required to document chain of custody for a sample.
  • List the informational components necessary to maintain
  • Identify components of a sampling plan that are developed to minimize the risk of injury to a worker.
  • Given the four kinds of samples that can be taken at a waste site, list a problem that may be encountered when taking or processing each kind of sample.
  • Identify the equipment that is used to sample soil, surface water, groundwater, and drums.

Lesson 16 – Safe Work Practices

  • Identify sample standing orders, or standard operating procedures, used for worker protection at hazardous waste sites.
  • Demonstrate the ability to abate potentially hazardous situations through the use of engineering, administrative controls, and safe work practices.
  • Explain how to protect worker health/safety while handling drums and containers.
  • Demonstrate manual and mechanical drum handling techniques.
  • Identify the requirements involved in the transportation of hazardous wastes.

Lesson 17 – Confined Space

  • Define a confined space.
  • Define permit required confined space.
  • List the three types of rescues employed in confined space, in order, starting with the safest type of rescue.
  • Identify ways confined spaces present health and safety hazards.
  • List preliminary steps for safe entry into a confined space.

Lesson 18 – Excavations

  • List site conditions that must be taken into account before an excavation project begins.
  • Describe two methods to protect workers from a cave in while working in a trench.
  • Name three hazards to workers, besides cave ins, that exist during excavation work.
  • List the requirements for access and egress at an excavation.

Lesson 19 – Emergency Procedures

  • Describe the elements of an effective emergency contingency/spill response plan.
  • Identify guidelines for establishing safe evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Describe the importance of a Site Control Log that is located at the access check points.
  • State the importance of not participating in a spill response if training or equipment is inadequate.
  • Outline the steps to follow during an emergency response.
  • Identify key elements of an emergency response plan.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **