Safety Training/Hazwoper Scholarship

Bay West is large environmental consulting firm headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and is long time sponsor of the Minnesota Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG MN Section).  Bay West regularily administers the initial 40 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training and is now offering scholarships to the initial 40 hour training for Student Members of AIPG MN Section!  

You can apply for the Safety Training/HAZWOPER Scholarship from Bay West on the Bay West website Please note that you must be an AIPG MN Section member, but student membership is free!  You can find student membership applications (online and paper) on the AIPG National webpage. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

This is training is not only worth $600-$800, but also the cost of 1 week of pay from your future employer!  Having your 40-Hour training when you begin your job search is definately a leg up in the job market.  


HAZWOPER is a set of guidelines made and maintained by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates hazardous waste operations and emergency services in the United States of America.

HAZWOPER applies to five distinct groups of employers and their employees according to OSHA). This includes any employees who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances -- including hazardous waste -- and who are engaged in one of the following operations as specified by Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120(a)(1)(i-v) and CFR 1926.65(a)(1)(i-v):

  • clean-up operations - required by a governmental body, whether federal, state, local, or other involving hazardous substances - that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.);
  • voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by federal, state, local, or other governmental body as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;
  • operations involving hazardous wastes that are conducted at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement RCRA regulations; and
  • emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard.


Why do you need HAZWOPER?

HAZWOPER training is necessary for most of the field work geoscientists working in the environental field.  You will need it to conduct site visits at commercial/industrial facilities, field work at contaminated sites, and cleanup work.