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HAZWOPER may or may not apply to your brownfield site. See the OSHA Standards section for answers about when OSHA requires compliance with HAZWOPER. You may be required to comply with HAZWOPER through funding contracts or participation in your state Voluntary Clean-up Program. Information on this page and the OSHA Standards page assist in meeting these requirements.

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

If your brownfield site is considered to be a "hazardous waste site," you must comply with all the regulations contained in the HAZWOPER standard 29 CFR 1910.120 or 29 CFR 1926.65. Use the following references to determine if your site should be classified as a "hazardous waste site."



If your site meets the scope of HAZWOPER, then a qualified person must characterize the site, identifying the presence and concentrations of hazardous substances and their associated risks (29 CFR 1910.120(c)/29 CFR 1926.65(c)). Otherwise, a hazard assessment must be conducted in order to determine if hazards are present, or likely to be present, that necessitate the use of personal protective equipment (29 CFR 1910.132(d)).




Many of the resources listed here are also applicable for Physical and Biological hazards.

  • Construction Industry. OSHA. Provides links to OSHA Construction Standards and agency policies.
  • Engineering Manual EM 385-1-1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), (November 15, 2008). Identifies safety and health requirements including physical hazards and exposure controls.
  • For additional information, see OSHA's Brownfields Exposure Evaluation Safety and Health Topics section.
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