Annual Refresher for Hazardous Waste Sites is an 8-hour course designed for private and public sector employees who work at sites covered by OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Final Rule (29 CFR 1910.120). This course requires that individuals have completed a 40-hour initial course as listed in 29 CFR 1910.120(2)(3). Group exercises, lectures, and a case study will provide students with real-life approaches to hazardous waste site operations. 

COURSE objectives
At the completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Identify and characterize physical, chemical, biological, and radiological hazards.
  • Select and use proper personal protective equipment.
  • Implement basic decontamination procedures.
  • Develop site specific safety and health plans.
  • Identify the components of medical monitoring program.

intended audience
This course is targeted towards industrial hygienists, environmental health professionals, and those responsible for worker safety and health at hazardous waste sites who have taken the basic 40-hour course.


John Malool is the course director and lead instructor for the hazardous materials training program at the Centers for Education and Training of the NIOSH-funded New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center, and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. He has many years of hazardous waste site health and safety experience with the federal government, and currently serves as Chief of Operations of a Hazmat Unit for a regionalized county fire department in New Jersey.

In addition, he served as the Hazardous Materials Response Team Coordinator for the Mid-Bergen HazMat Response Team. Formerly, he was a Senior Training Specialist for the for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Training Center in Edison, NJ and an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for the Response and Prevention Branch of the US EPA. Prior to his five years’ experience with the US EPA, he managed a hazardous waste clean-up company. John holds a BS degree in Fire Protection and Safety Administration from Jersey City State College, and an MS degree in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, CUNY-Hunter College.

American Board of Industrial Hygiene Certification Maintenance can be obtained for this activity. See the ABIH website for CM credit criteria.


8:00 a.m. Registration and Morning Refreshments
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:30 a.m. Lecture
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:30 p.m. Lecture
2:30 p.m. Group Exercises
4:30 p.m. Adjourn