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Need 40-Hour HAZWOPER Certification? Enroll Now in NES Training!

Health & Safety Training

If you might be exposed to hazardous waste while on the job, then you need HAZWOPER training!


Need Certification? Enroll Now in Online or On-site 40-Hour HAZWOPER Training!

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Hazardous waste and hazardous materials – like corrosive chemicals, flammable oils, and batteries – have the potential to cause harm to human health, safety, property, or the environment. Hazardous waste is often a by-product of certain industrial processes, but it can also come from intentional and unintentional improper disposal of these wastes.

In order to properly clean up hazardous waste, personnel must be specially trained on how to handle dangerous materials and properly protect themselves (and those around them) in the process.

If your job involves control or clean up of hazardous materials, you should be aware that OSHA requires you to have HAZWOPER certification. Keep reading to learn more, and then contact NES if you need HAZWOPER training in California.



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Our HAZWOPER training helps employees recognize potentially hazardous environments.


What is HAZWOPER Certification?

The requirement for HAZWOPER certification was enacted by OSHA in 1990 as a way to keep workers who handle hazardous waste safe. There are multiple types of certification that vary depending on your job responsibilities.

HAZWOPER courses are commonly provided as 40-hour, 24-hour, and 16-hour training sessions. The longer, more intense training is required for workers with the highest risk. Beyond the initial training, workers who fall under the HAZWOPER requirement also must complete an annual, 8-hour refresher course.



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HAZWOPER courses include training commonly required for emergency response personnel.


Who Needs HAZWOPER Certification?

The OSHA regulation outlines the specifics of who needs to complete HAZWOPER training. In general, this requirement is for hazardous waste site operators, employees who are responsible for the management of hazardous waste, and emergency responders.

Even if your place of employment generates hazardous waste or is located near a contaminated area, if your exposure to it is unlikely, then you will not be required to complete training.



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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated those in certain industries get a HAZWOPER certification before assuming their job functions.


How To Get HAZWOPER Certified

The first step in determining how to get certified is to find out what kind of certification you need. Next, you need to look for places that offer courses that satisfy the training requirements outlined in the OSHA regulation. You have the option of completing the majority of your training in-person or online.

Regardless of format, you’ll need to pass a final exam and complete supervised fieldwork in order to ensure you understand how to use what you have learned in real-life scenarios. HAZWOPER training will not teach you the technical skills you need to do your job, but it will show you how to perform it safely.



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Proper respirator use is one of the main topics covered in our HAZWOPER training classes.


Why Choose NES Inc.

NES provides efficient and effective environmental health and safety training that meets state and federal requirements. For your convenience, we provide a variety of ways to complete your training, including live webinars, online self-paced courses, and in-person classes that are held at either our Folsom or San Leandro locations.

Because many businesses have multiple employees who require training, we also offer group discounts that range from 5% to 20% off, depending on the number of people. As an added incentive to have you come back and complete your required 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher training with us, we offer a 50% discount to those who have previously completed a 40-hour HAZWOPER training course with us in the past.

Effective HAZWOPER training is not only a regulatory requirement. It’s essential for the safety of those who handle hazardous waste and hazardous materials. Complete your training and get your HAZWOPER certification by signing up with NES.

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