Household Hazardous Waste Operations

Hours: 24 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced
Retail Price: $245.00

Course Overview:

Course Description: Using the Internet this course will provide the student with a comprehensive look at household hazardous waste operations. This class will meet 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
    • Blood borne 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 & 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.


All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are 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 steaming 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.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**