Course Description

This internet-based course provides 24 hours of interactive training online for those needing Moderate Risk certification (29 CFR 1910.120). Topics include exercises on PPE, regulations, site characterization, confined space, decontamination, etc. The course consists of an online text, interactive exercises, web links, self-grading quizzes and a final exam.

In order to obtain the total 40 hours of training required for the 29 CFR 1910.120 certification, individuals will still need to locate an organization that will provide the traditional 16 hours of face-to-face training.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Regulations Overview

  • Describe employees' rights and responsibilities provided by the OSH Act.
  • Recognize OSHA and EPA standards that apply to work on hazardous waste sites.
  • Describe the purpose and content of the employer's general health and safety program.
  • Differentiate between the 40-, 24- and 8-hour training requirements for waste site operations.

Lesson 2: Site Characterization

  • State the purpose and function of site characterization.
  • Describe the three phases involved in site characterization.
  • Use resources to identify hazards and initiate personal protection and corrective measures.

Lesson 3: Toxicology

  • List the four main routes for toxic substances to enter into the body.
  • Identify procedures to protect oneself from toxic exposure.
  • Differentiate between the “acute” and “chronic” responses of exposure to toxic substances.
  • List the factors affecting human response to toxic chemicals.

Lesson 4: Hazard Recognition

  • Describe specific hazards posed by working on a hazardous waste site.
  • Identify measures to prevent injury from identified hazards: noise, electrical, work site and equipment, heat stress, cold exposure, biological and bloodborne pathogens.
  • Utilize a model for hazard recognition.

Lesson 5: Chemical Awareness

  • Differentiate between an acid and a base.
  • Identify the primary health hazards associated with corrosives.
  • Describe the basic treatment for skin and eye exposure to chemicals.
  • Explain the difference between flammable solvents and halogenated solvent hazards.
  • Define flashpoint, combustible, flammable, LEL and UEL and how these terms relate to flammable range.

Lesson 6: Radiological Hazards

  • Differentiate between an acid and a base.
  • Identify the primary health hazards associated with corrosives and materials that are incompatible with corrosives.
  • Describe the basic treatment for skin and eye exposure to chemicals.
  • Define flashpoint, combustible, flammable, LEL and UEL and how these terms relate to flammable range.

Lesson 7: Respiratory Protection

  • List the main categories of respirators and the components of a respiratory protection program as required by OSHA.
  • Describe the difference between positive and negative pressure respirators in terms of face piece pressure and protection factors.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of a full-face piece mask versus a half-face piece mask for air purifying respirators.
  • Explain the limitations associated with various types of respirators.

Lesson 8: PPE: Clothing Ensembles

  • Describe the importance of using hazard recognition in personal protective clothing selection.
  • Describe limitations that can affect the protection provided by a chemical protective suit.
  • Explain the differences between Level A, B, C and D protective ensembles.
  • Discuss the physiological effects of a worker wearing PPE.

Lesson 9: PPE: Face, Head, Foot and Hand

  • List the three potential hazards for eyes and face and three different types of hand hazards that can be avoided by wearing hand protection.
  • Differentiate between Class A, B and C hard hats.
  • Identify hazards at a waste site where protection would be required for eye and face, head, feet and hands.

Lesson 10: Site Control

  • Identify key procedures used in a site control program.
  • List the major steps required for site preparation.
  • Name the three most commonly used site work zones and what they represent.

Lesson 11: Decontamination

  • Identify standard operating procedures for minimizing worker contact with waste and maximizing work protection.
  • Identify and describe procedures for emergency decontamination.
  • List the priorities when planning for decontamination in medical emergencies.
  • Describe the general rule of PPE for decontamination workers.

Lesson 12: Medical Surveillance

  • Specify the purpose of a medical surveillance program.
  • Identify the four components of a complete medical surveillance program.
  • Identify workers' rights as patients in terms of confidentiality, access to records and reporting of medical exam results.
  • Identify information provided to the physician by the employer regarding suspected occupational hazards.

Lesson 13: Air Monitoring

  • Identify three of the characteristics of air monitoring instruments and three hazards that can be detected with the monitors discussed in this module.
  • Interpret the readings of common instruments.
  • Evaluate air monitoring results presented in scenarios and compare these results to established standards and guidelines.

Lesson 14: Personal Sampling

  • List the three parts of an active sampling system.
  • Identify two types of passive sampling devices and two concerns of a personal sampling plan.

Lesson 15: Material Sampling

  • Identify components of a sampling plan that are developed to minimize the risk of injury to a worker.
  • Given the four kinds of samples that can be taken at a waste site, list a problem that may be encountered when taking or processing each kind of sample.
  • Identify the equipment that is used to sample soil, surface water, groundwater and drums.

Lesson 16: Safe Work Practices

  • Identify sample standing orders or standard operating procedures used for worker protection at hazardous waste sites.
  • Demonstrate the ability to abate potentially hazardous situations through the use of engineering, administrative controls and safe work practices.
  • Demonstrate manual and mechanical drum handling techniques.
  • Identify the requirements involved in the transportation of hazardous wastes.

Lesson 17: Confined Space

  • Define a confined space and a permit-required confined space.
  • List the three types of rescues employed in confined space in order, starting with the safest type of rescue.
  • Identify ways confined spaces present health and safety hazards.
  • List preliminary steps for safe entry into a confined space.

Lesson 18: Excavations

  • List site conditions that must be taken into account before an excavation project begins.
  • Describe two methods to protect workers from a cave-in while working in a trench.
  • Name three hazards to workers — besides cave-ins — that exist during excavation work.
  • List the requirements for access and egress at an excavation.

Lesson 19: Emergency Procedures

  • Describe the elements of an effective emergency contingency/spill response plan.
  • Identify guidelines for establishing safe evacuation routes and procedures.
  • State the importance of not participating in a spill response if training and/or equipment are inadequate.
  • Outline the steps to follow and 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 are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online-based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (recommended):
  • Office suite (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, Foxit)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.
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