Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

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. NIU and non-NIU students may enroll in EAE 408/508 for course credit. Professionals may also take this course.

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. 


Course Information

Full course: May 13-17, 2024

Refresher/recertification: May 15, 2024 (tentatively)

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

The course meets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Application deadline is May 1, 2024.

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Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-1943 (undergraduate)
815-753-0631 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

Undergraduate Advising

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Justin Dodd (Geology and Environmental Geosciences)
Davis Hall 413

Nicole LaDue (Earth Science Education)
Davis Hall 403C

Xuwei Chen (Geography)
Davis Hall 202A

Victor Gensini (Meteorology)
Davis Hall 219E

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