OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) Training
Covering 8 CCR, Section 5192 (e) / 29 CFR Part 1910.120 (e)

Space is available for up to 30 students, with priority given to geology graduate students and graduating environmental geology undergraduate students.

This course is required for:

  • Workers at sites with frequent exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Workers with potential exposure to hazardous materials above permissible limits

This includes field personnel at environmental and engineering consulting firms, state and federal governmental agencies, analytical laboratories, and any subcontracting firms that perform work on locations with potential exposures to hazardous materials (from gas stations to Superfund sites).


Having this training before you interview can give you a huge advantage over other applicants, as it often saves the company/agency at least a week of labor time and at least that much in salary and overhead costs.

Covered Topics

  • Regulatory overview
  • Hazardous materials toxicology
  • Chemical and physical hazards
  • Identification systems
  • Respiratory protection
  • Chemical protective equipment
  • Decontamination practices
  • Site safety plans
  • Field safety and operational procedures
  • Field exercises (hands-on)

Course Design

  • Monday - Thursday: Morning lectures/discussion and afternoon hands-on activities.
  • Friday: Hands-on practical group exercises based on the topics covered Monday through Thursday.
  • Instruction will be provided by John Guglielmo of ESI 2001, with 20 years of training and handson experience with emergency response departments.

Send your questions to askgeology@niu.edu.

Course Information

Full Course: March 9-13, 2020

Refresher/Recertification: March 9, 2020

Location: Davis Hall, rooms 309/311 and outdoor practical exercise locations.

Course meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Application deadline is Feb. 21, 2020.

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