Hazwoper, aka the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response standard (29 C.F.R. Section 1910.120), applies to you if both of the following conditions are met: 2 conditions must be met:
Condition 1: You Handle Hazardous Substances or Waste
First, you must be involved in the handling of “hazardous substances” or “hazardous waste.”
“Hazardous substances” means any substance:
“Hazardous waste” means:
Condition 2: You Engage in a Covered Operation
You must also conduct one or more of the kind of operations covered by the Hazwoper standard, including:
Cleanup Operations Required by Government Body: Clean-up operations, i.e., operations in which a “hazardous substance” is removed, contained, incinerated, neutralized, stabilized, cleared up or otherwise processed or handled “with the ultimate goal of making the site safer for people or the environment” that are required by a federal, state or local government body conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, including but not limited to EPA National Priority Site List (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL and initial investigation of government identified sites conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained.
RCRA Site Corrective Actions: Corrective actions taken at sites covered by the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Voluntary Cleanup Operations at Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites: Operations in which a “hazardous substance” is removed, contained, incinerated, neutralized, stabilized, cleared up or otherwise processed or handled “with the ultimate goal of making the site safer for people or the environment” that are undertaken at sites recognized by the government as “uncontrolled hazardous waste sites,” i.e., areas with an accumulation of hazardous substances, e.g., surface impoundments, landfills, dumps, and tank or drum farms.
Emergency Response Operations: means a response effort by employees from outside the immediate release area or by other designated responders such as mutual aid groups, local fire departments, etc., to an occurrence resulting or likely to result in an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance.
Response measures not covered by Hazwoper include: