About Our HAZWOPER Supervisor Training Program
Introduction to OSHA Supervisor Training
This short introduction explains the minimum requirements for HAZWOPER Supervisor training and describes the course content and testing requirements. It also explains why the worker's supervisor is the most influential person on the hazardous waste site with regard to the implementation of the site safety program.
Principles of Safety
This module outlines the fundamental principles of safety that every manager and supervisor should be familiar with including the Domino Theory, multiple causation, unsafe acts and conditions, Heinrich's Accident Pyramid, and the real costs of accidents.
Field Safety Programs
This module reviews field safety programs typically used in the hazardous waste site environment and emphasizes the supervisor's role in each. The module discuses training requirements, site-specific health and safety programs, site orientation, job hazard analysis, work permit programs, hazard communication programs and Qualified and Competent Person requirements. It also analyzes the most often cited OSHA violations on hazardous waste and construction sites.
Written Safety and Health Programs
This module discuses the many OSHA requirements for written programs on hazardous waste sites and how these programs work together to define site requirements and minimize potential hazards. Programs discussed include the site-specific health and safety plan, a comprehensive work plan, training documentation, paperwork requirements of the medical surveillance program, standard operating procedures, hazard communication programs, written respiratory protection programs and more.
Personal Protective Equipment Programs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is widely used in the hazardous waste environment to supplement engineering and administrative controls. This module identifies the supervisor's responsibilities with regard to personal protective equipment programs and how to make these programs work efficiently and effectively to protect each individual user and the employer .
Respiratory Protection Programs and the HAZWOPER Supervisor
Supervisors play an important role in determining the respiratory protection needs of site workers and the ongoing surveillance of respiratory protection programs and should work closely with the site industrial hygienist to monitor this critical program. These issues are discussed in this module along with an important review of specific types of respiratory protection including the voluntary use of dust masks and the requirements for their use.
Spill Containment Programs
Hazardous material spills at environmental and hazardous waste sites can encompass a wide range of scenarios from simple to highly complex. Emergency response and clean-up procedures should be based upon the chemical properties, toxic characteristics and volume of the potentially spilled materials as well as the location and vulnerability of the sensitive receptors (usually people). This module describes the general responsibilities of hazardous materials response (HAZMAT) teams and the supervisor's responsibilities during releases or potential releases of hazardous substances .
Health Hazard Monitoring
Supervision of site workers in the potentially hostile hazardous waste site environment involves the monitoring of safety practices, environmental conditions and the health status of each employee. This module identifies the general responsibilities of the supervisor with regard to health hazard monitoring including interaction with physicians, industrial hygienists and health physicists, threat recognition, exposure monitoring, biological monitoring, medical surveillance and much more.
Job Hazard Analysis
Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), also called Activity Hazard Analysis (AHA) is used throughout industry as a method to identify hazards before they occur, and to set forth procedural steps to help mitigate the possibility of their occurrence. This module explores the types of activities that would most benefit from job hazard analysis and walks the supervisor through development of JHAs through simple, clearly identified steps .
Hazard Identification and Material Safety Data Sheets
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) and hazard identification signage are important and sometimes critical tools of the hazardous waste supervisor. This module aids the supervisor in the identification and evaluation of potential hazards of substances found or used in the hazardous waste site environment.