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Hazardous Waste Handler Training


Hazardous Waste Handler Training

Any employees that handle or manage hazardous waste must receive specialized training under federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) regulations. Training covers critical topics like waste labeling, storage limits, manifests, emergency procedures, spill response, and contingency plans.

Many companies fail to provide the required training, increasing the risk of infractions. CDMS offers turnkey hazardous waste handler training to meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DTSC mandates. Our expert instructors will review your facility’s specific waste streams, storage areas, and contingency plans in the training to optimize relevance. Employees will gain the knowledge needed to perform their hazardous waste duties safely and in full regulatory compliance.

Let CDMS take care of this training requirement for you so your staff can properly manage hazardous waste from cradle to grave while avoiding violations.

Regulatory bodies
  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
  • California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).
  • California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
Who needs it

Hazardous Waste Handler Training is required for employees who handle hazardous waste. The training must be given to employees within 6 months of their hire date and annually thereafter.

Regulation reference
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • California Hazardous Waste Control Law
  • California: Title 22 CCR 66265.16 Training requirements
What our training provides:

This course teaches handlers to perform their duties in compliance with regulations and will cover routine waste management duties and the content of the contingency plan.

Topics include:

  • Definitions of RCRA Terminology
  • Hazardous Waste Accumulation Areas
  • Tracking Hazardous Waste
  • Manifests and Shipping
  • Contingency Plan

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What is Hazardous Waste Handler Training?

Hazardous Waste Handler Training educates employees on the proper handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste materials.

Why is this training important in California?

California has strict regulations for hazardous waste handling to protect the environment and public health.

Who needs to undergo this training?

Employees who handle, generate, transport, or manage hazardous waste are required to receive this training.

What topics are covered in the training?

Training covers hazardous waste identification, proper storage, labeling, emergency response, and regulatory compliance.

Is Hazardous Waste Handler Training mandatory in California?

Yes, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) requires hazardous waste handlers to be trained.

How often should this training be conducted?

Initial training is required, and refresher training should be provided at least annually.

Can online training be used for compliance?

Yes, online training can be used if it meets California’s regulatory requirements. You can check the following online trainings provided by our specialists:

  • Hazardous Waste Handler (English)
  • Hazardous Waste Handler (Spanish)
  • Hazardous Waste Handler Informational

What are some common hazardous wastes in California?

Examples include solvents, batteries, electronic waste, and certain chemicals.

Are there any exemptions for small businesses?

Small businesses that generate hazardous waste may have reduced reporting requirements, but training is still mandatory.

What happens if an employee is not properly trained?

Non-compliance can result in fines, penalties, and potential harm to the environment and public health.

Is practical hands-on training required?

Yes, hands-on training related to waste handling procedures and equipment is usually required.

What records should employers maintain for compliance?

Employers should maintain records of employee training, including dates, topics covered, and training materials used.