HAZWOPER stands for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; it comes under the authority of OSHA. HAZWOPER provides a clear guideline for employees and employers of any hazardous waste site, and its is covered under OSHA standard 1910.120. HAZWOPER offers safe working regulations for any waste site, and the workers follow the set of rules for proper handling, storing, transporting, cleaning, disposing, and other responsibilities for waste materials.
The Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 laid the foundation for HAZWOPER regulations and training. With the joint struggle of OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency, new guidelines form in the year 1984. HAZWOPER rules and regulations have continued to update over the years according to changes in technology and information.
WHAT ARE HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES:
Any form of waste material (liquid, gas, and solid) can be dangerous, and these substances are hazardous for humans and as well as for the environment. This waste can come from many different sources, and it can be a waste of laboratories, trash disposal sites, mining sites, mineral and agricultural sites, and more.
WHO IS COVERED BY OSHA HAZWOPER STANDARD:
HAZWOPER standards applied to five different groups of employees and employers.