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    Default Hazardous Waste Worker vs. HAZMAT-Technician

    I am a student at Lake Superior State University, and I just received my Hazardous Waste Worker Certification and was told it is equivalent to HAZMAT-Technician. Is a Hazardous Waste Worker Certification the same as HAZMAT-Technician? If not what are the differences, and where could I obtain HAZMAT-Technician Training preferably to meet OSHA and NFPA standards?

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    All employees working on site (such as but not limited to equipment operators, general laborers and others) exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards and their supervisors and management responsible for the site shall receive training meeting the requirements of this paragraph before they are permitted to engage in hazardous waste operations that could expose them to hazardous substances, safety, or health hazards, and they shall receive review training as specified in this paragraph.
    Employees shall not be permitted to participate in or supervise field activities until they have been trained to a level required by their job function and responsibility.
    Elements to be covered. The training shall thoroughly cover the following:
    Names of personnel and alternates responsible for site safety and health;
    Safety, health and other hazards present on the site;
    Use of personal protective equipment;
    Work practices by which the employee can minimize risks from hazards;
    Safe use of engineering controls and equipment on the site;
    Medical surveillance requirements including recognition of symptoms and signs which might indicate over exposure to hazards; and
    The contents of paragraphs (G) through (J) of the site safety and health plan set forth in paragraph (b)(4)(ii) of this section.
    Initial training.
    General site workers (such as equipment operators, general laborers and supervisory personnel) engaged in hazardous substance removal or other activities which expose or potentially expose workers to hazardous substances and health hazards shall receive a minimum of 40 hours of instruction off the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor.

    Hazardous materials technician. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Hazardous materials technicians shall have received at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas and the employer shall so certify:
    Know how to implement the employer's emergency response plan.
    Know the classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment.
    Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System.
    Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician.
    Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques.
    Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit.
    Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
    Understand termination procedures.
    Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.

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    Thanks for your help.

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