Safety Alliance

HAZWOPER Awareness Level



The Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) Awareness course provides training and education to employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response operations for releases or threats of releases of hazardous substances without regard to hazard location or their hazard response level.  First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; Awareness Level (HAZMAT) 4hr training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Names of personnel and alternates responsible for site safety and health
  • Safety, health, and other hazards present on the site
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards
  • Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site
  • Medical surveillance requirements, including recognition of symptoms and signs which might indicate overexposure to hazards

The site safety and health plan required under 1910.120(b)(4)(ii), as follows:

  • Organizational structure
  • Comprehensive work plan
  • Site-specific safety and health plan
  • Safety and health training program
  • Medical surveillance program
  • Employer’s standard operating procedures for safety and health
  • Any necessary interface between general program and site specific activities
  • What hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
  • Potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present
  • Recognizing hazardous substances in an emergency
  • Identifying the hazardous substance, if possible
  • The role of the first responder awareness individual in the employer’s emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Recognizing the need for additional resources, and notifying the communication center

Additional Information

Course Length: 4 hrs

Course Required By: OSHA

Written Exam:

Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Students will be responsible for the recognition of Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) incidents and activation of the emergency response plan.

Retraining: Site-specific. Students will be required to annually refresh training with 8hrs of sufficient content and duration to maintain their competencies.