HAZWOPER Site Characterization and Analysis [29 CFR 1910.120(c)(1)-(3)]


OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) requires that hazardous waste sites be evaluated to identify site hazards to determine safety and health control procedures needed to protect employees (29 CFR 1910.120(c)(1)-(3)). The standard requires that a preliminary evaluation of the site's characteristics be performed by a qualified person prior to site entry. Immediately after initial site entry, a more detailed evaluation of the site's specific characteristics must be performed in order to further identify existing site hazards and to further aid in the selection of the appropriate engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the tasks to be performed.

Conditions that could pose inhalation or skin absorption hazards that are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) or other conditions that could cause death or serious harm must be identified during the preliminary survey and must be evaluated during the detailed survey. Examples include confined spaces, explosive or flammable conditions, vapor clouds, and areas where biological indicators such as dead animals or vegetation are present.

To learn more about this and other safety requirements, attend Environmental Resource Center's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 40-Hour Training (HAZWOPER), the OSHA 10-Hour Compliance Course, or Environmental, Health, and Safety Laws and Regulations seminar.