"Safety Training for Life!"


As referenced by 29CFR1910.120 (e) (3) (i), General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor.




This course provides the 40-hour safety training requirements mandated by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120. The worker attending this course will learn the basic health and safety skills necessary to confidently work with and around hazardous materials and waste. The Metro training program and manual is designed to provide guidelines for compliance with presently applicable laws and regulations pertaining to HAZWOPER Policy & Procedures.



    1. Who is Metro Occupational Trainers, Inc.
    2. Course introduction

Regulatory Framework - Chapters (1) and (5)

    1. Regulatory overview of OSHA, EPA & DOT
    2. EPA Laws & Regulations

      A. Resource Conservation & Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA)
      B. Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation & Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA)
      C. Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA) (SARA Title III)
      D. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA)

    3. Overview of the Department Of Transportation (DOT)

      A. How to use the 1996 DOT Emergency Response Guidebook (Provided)

4. Overview of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

      A. Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 29 CFR 1910.120
      B. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) 29 CFR 1910.1200

Chemical Hazards - Chapter (6)

    1. Corrosives
    2. Reactive Materials
    3. Flammable/Combustible Materials
    4. Toxins

Assignment of Homework Worksheets

    1. Introduction (Sec 1)
    2. Chemical Hazards/MSDS (Sec 5 & 6)


Review of Homework and Yesterdays Lecture

Toxicology - Chapter (7)

    1. Introduction to Toxins
    2. Routes of entry into the human body
    3. Overview of common Toxicology terms and definitions.
    4. Established governmental Exposure Limits
    5. Types of Toxins and how they work on the human body

Using the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards book (Manual Provided)

    1. Who is the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)?
    2. In depth view of the NIOSH book and how it is applied in the field

Confined Space Entry and Monitoring Instrumentation - Chapters (15) & (13)

    1. What is a Confined Space?
    2. What is a Permit Required Confined Space?
    3. Hazardous Atmospheres
    4. Personnel requirements for Confined Space Entry
    5. Overview of the various Monitoring Instruments used during hazardous waste operations & Confined Space Entry
    6. Confined Space isolation procedures

      A. Lock Out/Tag Out
      B. Double Block and Bleed
      C. Non-sparking tools and static electricity
      D. Site Control Measures (Work Zones)
      E. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)
      F. Communication
      G. Rescue

Assignment of Homework

    1. Complete Worksheet Toxicology & Radiation (Sec 7 & 8)
    2. Complete the NIOSH Book exercise provided by your instructor
    3. Complete the DOT ERG exercise provided by your instructor


Review of Homework and Yesterdays Lecture

Confined Space Entry Continued

Trenching and Excavation - Chapter (20)

    1. Overview of dangers associated with construction sites in general
    2. Excavations and Confined Space Entry
    3. Cave in protection system

Medical Surveillance - Chapter (12)

    1. Overview of the Medical Monitoring Program
    2. Types of Physicals
    3. Establishing Baseline Data
    4. Drug Screening
    5. Emergency Medical Treatment

Levels of Protection and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Chapters (9, 10 & 11)

    1. Overview of Levels of Protection (Chapters 10 & 11)

      A. Review levels A, B, C & D
      B. Demonstration of various Suit, Boot & Glove Materials used for each level

    2. Overview of the Respiratory Protection Program

      A. In depth look at the various types of respirators
      B. Demonstration of the principal of operation of each respirator (SCBA, APR & SAR)
      C. Advantages and Disadvantages of each style of respirator
      D. Care and Maintenance of Respiratory Equipment

Fire Protection Requirements - Chapter (14)

    1. Discuss the 4 types of fires A, B, C & D
    2. Using Fire Extinguishers
    3. Fire Protection in the field

Decontamination Procedures - Chapter (18)

    1. Overview of various site control measures (Work Zones)

      A. Exclusion Zone
      B. Contamination Reduction Zone (DECON Zone)
      C. Support Zone

    2. Discuss various Decon Procedures used during Hazardous Waste & Emergency Response Actions

Hands On Dress Out Exercise

The purpose of the Dress Out exercise is to demonstrate how to properly suit up and wear the various Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items that may be used by workers in the field. It is intended to be a familiarization exercise that will give the student the skills necessary to confidently work in a potentially hazardous environment. Please note that wearing PPE may be difficult for some individuals. This exercise is strictly voluntary. If you have any medical condition (i.e. heart conditions, claustrophobia etc) that may be aggravated by the PPE then please do not feel obligated to participate. See your instructor.

Assignment of Homework Worksheets

    1. Personal Protective Equipment
    2. Fire Protection Requirements


Review of Homework and Yesterdays Lecture

Summary of the Principles of Safety - Chapter (2)

    1. Discussion of the General Safety requirements associated with Hazardous Waste Operations

      A. Types of Hazards
      B. Safety Belts and Ladder Safety
      C. Compressed Gas Cylinders
      D. Machine Guarding
      E. Fires & Explosions
      F. Bonding & Grounding Procedures
      G. Electrical Hazards
      H. Biological Hazards
      I. Head, Eye and Footwear (ANSI Requirements for Safety Equipment)
      J. Hearing Protection Program
      K. Heat Stress

Handling Drums & Containers and Sampling & Packaging - Chapters (16) & (17)

    1. Overview of the hazards associated with drums and containers
    2. Recognizing warning signs of drums
    3. Drum handling techniques
    4. Overview of the purpose of sampling
    5. Discuss various sampling techniques

Planning and Organization - Chapter (3)

    1. Overview of the various plans associated with field activities

      A. Work Plan (Scope Of Work)
      B. Health & Safety Plan (HSP)
      C. Contingency Plan (Emergency Response Plan)

Preparation for Fieldwork - Chapter (4)

    1. Overview of the necessary requirements associated with getting ready for field activities

      A. Permits
      B. Utilities above and below ground
      C. Initial Site Visit
      D. Traffic Controls
      E. Drilling
      F. Public Relations

Site Emergencies - Chapter (19)

    1. Overview of the principles of the Contingency Plan
    2. Overview of the Federal Government's National Contingency Plan (NCP) for Chemical Spills
    3. Discussion of the components of a Site Specific Contingency Plan

      A. Emergency Response Telephone numbers
      B. Conducting Risk Assessment and Failures Analysis (What If?)
      C. Overview of the Incident Command System (ICS)
      D. Discuss Site Specific Safety Meetings (HazCom)
      E. Site Mapping and Legends

Course Review and Final Exam (50 Question open book)




Confined Space



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