Hazardous Material Awareness Level Trained Personnel are trained to identify the potential hazards of hazardous materials and isolate or evacuate the area as necessary. Almost every company has Hazardous Materials in their facility. It could be concentrated industrial cleaner, or the sulfuric acid in the forklift batteries. OSHA requires all employers to provide Hazard Communication training for new employees and additional training when new hazards enter the work force.
If there is a potential for exposures to hazardous materials, OSHA requires workers to receive Hazardous Material Awareness Training under 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.) Workers trained to the Awareness Level can 1) identify the potential hazards of the chemical, and 2) isolate or evacuate the area as necessary. Many industries combine their HazCom and HazMat Awareness Training as part of a comprehensive new-employee orientation program. Most awareness training programs require 8 classroom hours.