What Can I Expect In an NES 40-Hour HAZWOPER Class?

Written by: Michael Curtis, NES, Inc.


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Is your job requiring that you take the 40-Hour HAZWOPER course? At NES, we offer a variety of different courses to ensure that both employers and employees have all of the training they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently, including the 40-hour HAZWOPER. If you’re signed up, or need to sign up for the course in the near future, you may be interested in what you will actually learn. After all, 40 hours is a lot of time! Below, we’ll cover just a few things that you’ll learn in your 40-hour HAZWOPER training. If you have any questions or you’re ready to enroll, reach out to our team today to get started!

 

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Toxicology

Toxicology is the field of science that deals with understanding the harmful effects that chemicals can have on people or the environment. As someone who may work with or around hazardous materials, it’s vital that you understand different types of toxicological hazards as you may be faced with them as part of your profession. In fact, while toxicology as a science may be the study of harmful chemicals, when applied to the workplace and HAZWOPER specifically, toxicology starts to become more of a study of safety and how to properly work with or around hazardous substances in a safe way.

 

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Preparation of Site Safety Plans

As with any potentially dangerous situation, it’s vital to have a plan in case something goes wrong. The biggest example of this could be a fire evacuation plan. With that in mind, the same concept also applies to hazardous materials. When working with hazardous materials, it’s vital that you and your employees have a plan in place to ensure that everyone is safe. During the 40-hour HAZWOPER course, we will go over site safety plans and how to create a plan for you and your workplace.

 

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Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE, or personal protective equipment, is vital when you’re working with or near hazardous materials. For this reason, it’s a big part of what we cover in the 40-hour HAZWOPER training course. During the training we will cover the different levels of PPE, how to safely put on your PPE, the types of protection, and more. It’s vital to not only know what types of protection you may need for your profession, but also how to properly put it on to avoid any contamination.

 

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Identification of Hazardous Materials

Knowing how to handle and work with hazardous materials is vital, but it’s not as effective if you’re not able to identify hazardous materials. Not every hazardous material is going to be labeled with a skull and crossbones. Instead, you will need to learn different ways to identify whether or not a material is hazardous. Luckily, when you take the 40-hour HAZWOPER training, we extensively cover different ways to identify hazardous materials so that you can ensure that both you and your employees are safe when you’re on the job.

These are just a few topics that the 40-hour HAZWOPER training will cover. Are you ready to get started with your training? Reach out to NES to enroll in our 40-hour HAZWOPER class, or give us a call if you have any questions.

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