One of the more overlooked areas of the HAZWOPER training requirements is the section on Supervisor Training. This can be found at 29 CFR 1910.120(e)4 and 29 CFR 1926.65(e)4. The following is taken directly from the regulation:
29 CFR 1910.120(e)(4)
Management and supervisor training. On-site management and supervisors directly responsible for or who supervise employees engaged in hazardous waste operations shall receive 40 hours initial and three days of supervised field experience (the training may be reduced to 24 hours and one day if the only area of their responsibility is employees covered by paragraphs (e)(3)(ii) and (e)(3)(iii) and at least eight additional hours of specialized training at the time of job assignment on such topics as, but no limited to, the employer’s safety and health program, personal protective equipment program, spill containment program, and health hazard monitoring procedure and techniques.
This clearly states that anyone responsible for the onsite supervision of others is required to attend at least an additional 8 hours of training. Several letters of interpretation have been issued by OSHA clarifying the fact that this is training is in addition to the 40 hour initial and the 8 hour annual refresher. However, the Supervisor course need only be taken once. Trained supervisors would attend the annual 8 hour refresher as would any other employee.
The actual content of our Supervisor course is adapted to the specific needs of the attendees, while meeting the objectives stated in the text of the HAZWOPER regulation as well as the non-mandatory appendix.
The course will focus on safety as the primary goal, with applicable DOT and EPA as well as other OSHA regulations as supplemental. Relevant concerns and specific issues of the attendees will also be integrated into the course.
As with all of our training, this course is performance based. Which means that while we do have written exams, the emphasis is placed upon participation in the activities and discussions.
All of our training staff have at least 10 years of actual field experience and considerable training in adult education as well as technical areas. Our trainers also have a minimum of a thousand hours of training experience.
Please feel free to call with questions about this or any other safety or training issue.