Hazardous waste operations and emergency response lapsed refresher training requirements.
A. In cases where an individual has completed a 40 hour or 24 hour health & safety training for hazardous waste sites, when must a refresher course be completed (e.g. if an individual completes the 40-hour or 24-hour course in March of one year, must the individual complete a refresher by March of the following year or may the individual complete the refresher any time during the following calendar year even up to December 31
OSHA's intent is that employees should complete their refresher training within twelve months of their initial training, although we do understand that courses may be missed due to unavoidable circumstances.
As you may be aware, 23 states operate their own state program.
Please note that in some states operating their own OSHA approved state safety and health program, refresher training must be completed by the exact anniversary of the initial training.
The employee who misses a refresher training should attend the next available refresher course.
A. In cases where an individual has completed the required 40 or 24 hr training and supervisory training, then either no longer works as a supervisor or leaves the hazardous waste industry for a period of time and then returns to become a supervisor, must the individual retake the supervisory training?
Retraining is not necessary where the employee can demonstrate competency in the required training topics.
Therefore, regardless of past supervisory training, a supervisor new to a site would need training to become familiar with the following, as required in paragraph (e)(4) of the standard:
the employer's safety and health program
the associated employee training program
personal protective equipment program
spill containment program
health hazard monitoring procedure and technique
Please note that may of the training topics which are to be included in the supervisory training are site-specic in nature.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any further questions please contact OSHA at (202) 693-2190.