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."
HAZWOPER may be your primary concern, but other General Industry and Construction Industry standards may also apply to your site activities.
What OSHA Health and Safety Requirements Apply to My Brownfield?. OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Response Team, (2000). OSHA
poster presentation at Brownfields 2000 Conference. Summarizes compliance information related to brownfield sites.
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)).
Electronic Health and Safety Program (eHASP2). OSHA Expert System. Created in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the updated eHASP Guide uses modern (Windows-based) software, site-specific text, and expanded decision logic to assist the user in determining the appropriate controls of health and safety hazards for their sites.
Summary of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Congress passed this act in January 2002, amending the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The amendment defines the term "brownfield site," provides funding for brownfield site assessment and clean-up, and clarifies liability issues for sites that have completed State Voluntary Cleanup Programs.
Many of the resources listed here are also applicable for Physical and Biological hazards.
Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respiratory Protection Standard (PDF*). OSHA Publication 3384, (2011). Provides small entities with a comprehensive step-by-step guide complete with checklists and commonly asked questions that will aid both employees and employers in small businesses with a better understanding of OSHA’s respiratory protection standard.
Respiratory Protection. OSHA eTool. Highlights selection, use, fit
testing, change-out schedules, medical and written program requirements.
All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300.
**eBooks - EPUB is the most common format for e-Books. If you use a Sony Reader, a Nook, or an iPad you can download the EPUB file format. If you use a Kindle, you can download the MOBI file format.
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