Training your employees to handle hazardous waste

DRUMS_STACKFederal regulations require you to train your employees in accordance with their specific job function. Make sure you clearly define these job responsibilities in the employees’ job description. New employees must receive training within 6 months and they cannot work with hazardous wastes unsupervised before receiving their initial training.  All employees handling hazardous wastes must also receive annual refresher. 

The regulations do not specify the training content or the duration of training. However, 40 CFR 265.16(a)(2) requires you to provide training on waste management procedures and emergency response. Anyone who works in or adjacent to areas where hazardous wastes are generatted, handled or stored must still be trained to be familiar with basic emergency procedures.

40 CFR 265.16(e) requires you to keep the training records for at least 3 years from the time an employee last worked at the facility.

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