Frequently Asked Questions

Concerning HAZWOPER

Customers often ask if the training provided by this package of video tapes will fulfill government requirements. A related question is what qualifications must an instructor have in order for the training to be valid. These questions arise when an organization is trying to develop their own training program to avoid the expense of hiring outside instructors.

Our answers to these questions are as follows:

The government does not require that HAZWOPER instructors be certified. The requirements for instructors are as follows:

1910.120(e)(5) "Qualifications for trainers. Trainers shall be qualified to instruct employees about the subject matter that is being presented in training. Such trainers shall have satisfactorily completed a training program for teaching the subjects they are expected to teach, or they shall have the academic credentials and instructional experience necessary for teaching the subjects. Instructors shall demonstrate competent instructional skills and knowledge of the applicable subject matter."

The qualifications required of HAZWOPER instructors as given above are not very precise. We interpret the above regulations to mean that the instructor must have experience with the subject matter and be able to do a competent job of teaching it. Therefore we believe that it should not be be very difficult for a company to find an in-house instructor with sufficient education and knowledge in this area to conduct a valid training program with the aid of this video tape series. We note that it is very common for HAZWOPER instructors to have considerable practical experience in the subject and yet not have much higher education (i.e. a bachelors degree). It would still be the responsiblity of the purchaser of these tapes to insure that the instructor meets the minimum requirements, as set forth by the above regulations. In other words, the above video package does not in itself constitute a training program that meets government requirements, but the package can provide the core of a training program if the training is conducted by an instructor who meets the above requirements.

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