Course Description

This comprehensive course on household hazardous waste operations meets or exceed requirements for the educational components of certification and/or licensing required for solid waste professionals.

Course Outline

Lesson 1 – Regulations Overview

  • Recognize OSHA and EPA standards that apply to work on hazardous waste sites.
  • Identify provisions of 29 CFR 1910.120 applicable to waste site work.
  • Describe the purpose and content of the employer's general safety and health program.
  • Identify relevant portions of a complete site-specific safety and health plan, to include, but not be limited to:
    • Contact personnel and alternates for site safety and health;
    • Safety, health and other hazards present on a given site;
    • Personal protective equipment requirements;
    • Engineering controls and equipment safety;
  • Medical surveillance technique requirements, including recognition of symptoms and signs that might indicate overexposure to hazards;
  • An emergency response plan meeting the requirements for safe and effective responses to emergencies, including all necessary equipment;
    • Confined space entry procedures;
    • A spill containment program; and
    • Decontamination procedures.

Lesson 2 – Chemical Awareness

  • List the primary health hazards associated with acids and bases.
  • Describe the basic treatment for skin and eye exposure to chemicals.
  • List the acute effects of solvent exposure.
  • Identify potentially hazardous outcomes of chemical incompatibility.
  • Describe the significance of the following terms:
    • Corrosive
    • Oxidizer
    • Reactivity
    • pH
    • Vapor density
    • Vapor pressure
    • Specific gravity

Lesson 3 – Toxicology

  • List the four main routes for toxic substances to enter into the body.
  • Identify procedures to protect oneself from toxins.
  • Differentiate between the ‘acute” and “chronic” responses of exposure to toxic substances.
  • State the importance of the following terms:
    • Toxic dose /LD100
    • Toxic dose/LC50
    • Permissible exposure limits (PEL)
    • Threshold limit value (TLV)
    • Time-weighted average (TWA)
    • Short-term exposure limit (STEL)
    • Ceiling limit (C)
    • Immediate danger to life and health (IDLH)
    • Routes of entry
    • Acute and chronic exposure
  • List the factors affecting human response to toxic chemicals.

Lesson 4 – Operational Hazards

  • Describe specific hazards posed by working in a regional collection center.
  • List the definitions for hazard, safety, and risk.
  • Describe a model for hazard recognition.
  • Identify measures that can be taken to recognize and prevent injury from the following hazards:
    • Noise
    • Electrical
    • Site and equipment
    • Heat stress
    • Cold exposure
    • Biological
    • Bloodborne pathogens

Lesson 5 – Hazard Identification

  • Describe the NFPA 704 sign.
  • Identify the numbers used in the NFPA numbering system.
  • Identify the nine hazard classes under the DOT labels.
  • Explain the importance of MSDS.
  • Utilize the North American Emergency Response Guidebook to gather information on a selected chemical.

Lesson 6 – Respiratory Protection and PPE

  • List the main categories of respirators.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of a full-facepiece mask vs. a half-facepiece mask for air-purifying respirators.
  • Describe reasons for poor respirator fit.
  • List components of a respirator program as required by OSHA.
  • List limitations associated with major types of respirators.

Lesson 7 – Decontamination

  • Identify Standard Operating Procedures for minimizing worker contact with waste and maximizing work protection.
  • List the four types of decontamination methods.
  • Describe three of the chemical decontamination procedures.
  • Identify and describe procedures for emergency decontamination.
  • Describe the general rule of PPE for decontamination workers.
  • Identify priorities when planning for decontamination in medical emergencies.

Lesson 8 – Waste Management

  • List the seven steps in a waste management process.
  • List the main classes of hazardous materials, and how they should be sorted and stored.
  • Identify the proper selection, marking/labeling and handling of containers of hazardous waste.

Lesson 9 – Emergency Procedures

  • Describe the elements of an effective emergency contingency/spill response plan.
  • Identify guidelines for establishing safe evacuation routes and procedures.
  • Describe the importance of a site control log that is located at the access checkpoints.
  • Identify what can be done to limit the number of spills on site.
  • State the importance of not participating in a spill response if training or equipment is inadequate.
  • Outline the steps to follow during an emergency response.
  • Identify key elements of an emergency response plan.


Participants have 12 months to complete this self-paced online course.

All necessary materials included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:

  • Cable and DSL internet connections recommended.

Hardware Requirements:

  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.

Operating System Requirements:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.

Web Browser Requirements:

  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.

Software Requirements:

  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.

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Section Title
Household Hazardous Waste Operations (Online)
Jul 01, 2021 to Jun 30, 2022
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $245.00