This topic covers OSHA’s safety and health standards designed to protect employees engaged in hazardous waste operations and emergency response activities to chemical spills or releases, or HAZWOPER.
OSHA’s HAZWOPER rules cover private-sector employees only. Public-sector employees are covered under identical standards administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to comply with the HAZWOPER rules, covered employers must develop a hazardous waste site management program. OSHA defines and provides standards for the numerous required components of hazardous waste site management programs, including written site-specific safety and health plans, training, medical surveillance, emergency response plans, engineering controls, PPE practices, and more.
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