40 Hour Training Package" assists facilities in complying with the
employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER Training regulation (29 CFR 1910.120),
and helps employees avoid exposure to hazardous materials.Hazardous materials
and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types
of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know
how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how
to handle and dispose of them properly) they have mandated that anyone
working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area.
In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous
waste "from cradle to grave". Since then other regulations have
followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As
part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee
training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with
The Package of 20 Videotape Programs provides the comprehensive
information needed by employees who are exposed to hazardous substances
as a routine part of their jobs, the people who supervise and manage them,
as well as HAZMAT "Incident Commanders". These HAZWOPER training materials are available as videos or as DVDs.
The Programs include
"Understanding HAZWOPER", "Understanding Chemical Hazards",
"The Emergency Response Plan", "The Site Safety and Health
Plan", "HAZMAT Labeling", "Confined Space Entry",
"Personal Protective Equipment", "Medical Surveillance
Programs", "Monitoring Procedures and Equipment", "Accidental
Release Measures and Spill Cleanup Procedures", "ANSI MSDS",
"Handling Hazardous Materials", "Work Practices and Engineering
Controls", "Respiratory Protection", "Fire Prevention",
"Dealing with the Media in Emergency Situations", "Safety
Orientation", "Electrical Safety in HAZMAT Environments",
"Heat Stress", and "Decontamination Procedures."
Each Videotape Program comes with a comprehensive Leader's
Guide, reproducible Scheduling & Attendance Form, Employee Quiz, Training
Log and Training Certificate. Each Program can be used as the basis for
approximately two hours of classroom training.
Frequently Asked Questions: Customers often ask if the training provided by this package of videos will
fulfill government requirements. A related question is what qualifications must an instructor have in order for the training to
be valid. These questions arise when an organization is trying to develope their own training program to avoid
the expense of hiring outside instructors. Our answers to these questions are as follows:
The videos can be used as the core of a training course, however, the videos must be shown by a live person capable of answering questions about the material. Here is a link to a letter from the government that interprets the rules on this point:
The following is the opinion of Nevada Technical Associates, Inc. about government requirements for instructors.
The government does not require that HAZWOPER instructors be certified. The Federal regulations for instructors are as
"Qualifications for trainers. Trainers shall be qualified to
instruct employees about
the subject matter that is being presented in training. Such
trainers shall have
satisfactorily completed a training program for teaching the
subjects they are
expected to teach, or they shall have the academic credentials and
experience necessary for teaching the subjects. Instructors shall
competent instructional skills and knowledge of the applicable
The qualifications required of HAZWOPER instructors as given above are not very restrictive.
We, Nevada Technical Associates, Inc., interpret the above regulations to mean that the
instructor must have experience with the subject matter and be able to do a competent
job of teaching it as evidenced either by having the appropriate academic education or having attended a program designed to training instructors in the material. Therefore we believe that it should not be be very difficult for a
company to find an in-house instructor with sufficient education and knowledge in this area to
conduct a valid training program with the aid of this video tape series. We note that it is
very common for HAZWOPER instructors to have considerable practical experience in the subject and
yet not have much higher education (i.e. a bachelors degree). It would still be the responsiblity of
the purchaser of these tapes to insure that the instructor meets the minimum requirements, as
set forth by the above regulations. In other words, the above video package does not in itself
constitute a training program that meets government requirements, but the package can provide the
core of a training program if the training is conducted by an instructor who meets the above
requirements and is able to answer questions about the material.
Additional clarification on the requirements for qualified instructors can be found at this link. Even with the detailed information provided by the government, the requirements still are somewhat vague. But it seems likely that OSHA is not eager to get into the business of policing the qualifications of instructors down to very fine details.