Managers' perceptions of the value and impact of HAZWOPER worker health and safety training

Kevin Riley, Craig Slatin, Carol Rice, Mitchel Rosen, B. Louise Weidner, Jane Fleishman, Linda Alerding, Linda Delp

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Background: Worker training is a core component of the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard, but few studies have considered what motivates managers to provide HAZWOPER training to employees or what they value in that training. Methods: In 2012, four university-based programs conducted an exploratory survey of managers who sent employees to HAZWOPER courses. Results from 109 respondents were analyzed. Results: Forty-two percent of respondents cited regulations as the most important reason to provide HAZWOPER training; many indicated they would provide less training if there were no standard in place. Three-quarters (74%) reported training had improved workplace conditions. Fewer than half said they were likely to involve trained employees in aspects of the organization's H&S program. Discussion: Compliance with regulatory requirements is an important factor shaping managers' training delivery decisions. Managers recognize positive impacts of training. These impacts could be enhanced by further leveraging employee H&S knowledge and skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)780-787
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican journal of industrial medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


  • Employee involvement
  • Health and safety
  • Managers
  • Regulations
  • Worker training
  • Workplace programs


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