Hazmat Technician Requirements


The U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets the standards for all Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) handling and disposal operations. Standard 29 CFR 1910.120 covers Hazardous waste operations and emergency response. Of this standard, section 29 CFR 1910.120 (e) deals with training required for all personnel working on site and exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards or safety hazards. CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii) defines who can be a Hazardous Materials Technician and what the technician must know.

OSHA definition for a 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 the 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 receive at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition, have competency in various areas, such as implementing an employer's emergency response plan, hazard and risk assessment techniques and implementing decontamination procedures.

How Do I Meet These Requirements?

  • OSHA does not offer Hazmat Technician training directly. OSHA does not endorse any school or schools as certification from that school means a technician is qualified. OSHA defines what training a technician must have received in order to be considered qualified. Any school offering Hazmat training must meet OSHA's requirements in order to certify the technician has been trained. These courses are generally offered in 24, 32 or 40 hour sessions.

What is Covered in Hazmat Technician Training?

  • Most Hazmat Technician certification courses offer a mix of classroom training, some computer interactive training and field training. Topics will include, but are not limited to incident site survey, site monitoring equipment, Hazmat response objectives. Other topics may include chemical compatibility, how to develop action plans and incident termination.

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