Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification
Providing the necessary tools for New Hampshire industries to attain and maintain compliance under the hazardous waste rules.
The Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification program provides the necessary tools for New Hampshire industries to attain and then maintain compliance under the NH Hazardous Waste Rules. This program requires each hazardous waste generator that generates more than 220 pounds of hazardous waste in one month to have a Hazardous Waste Coordinator (certified by NHDES) on staff at the facility where the hazardous waste is generated. The goal is to ensure that no business will be out of compliance due to a lack of knowledge of the rules. NHDES is committed to enhancing environmental stewardship in New Hampshire through this training and certification program.
This first-in-the-nation certification program for Hazardous Waste Coordinators (HWCs) is being implemented to provide a forum for educating generators in the complex regulatory area of hazardous waste management. Initial certification will provide the HWC with the regulatory nuts and bolts to assure the generator's compliance understanding of the Hazardous Waste Rules. Future certification courses are designed to encourage generators to move “beyond compliance,” by developing resource conservation, waste minimization and recycling programs at their facilities.
HWC forms and applications
Forms and applications are important to compliance with hazardous waste management. Two of the most frequently used forms are:
Fact Sheets and additional information
NHDES provides a number of fact sheets for quick and concise information on specific topics. For example:
Hazardous Waste Manual and Class Materials
As part of our continued commitment to protect the environment and help reduce waste, we have provided links to electronic copies of our class material. Some of the information may only be available for a limited time period after the module has occurred, and others will be available permanently. This is because we are frequently updating our in-class materials, but some information (like the Hazardous Waste Manual) is consistent for greater periods of time. If an attendee ever needs assistance with retrieving information from a module they have attended, contact us and we will find a way to get an electronic copy of the material to you.
Update September 9, 2020
On April 9, 2020, Governor Sununu enacted Emergency Order #29, which, in part, granted relief to hazardous waste coordinators whose certifications were due to expire during the State of Emergency. This order delayed expiration of these certifications by up to 180 days if the coordinator was unable to complete the certification process due to risks and limitations presented by COVID-19. These limitations include an inability of NHDES to provide the training normally available to applicants for obtaining certification.
As of September 9, 2020, the 180-day extension provided by that order expired. In response, the order has been updated to provide an additional 60 days of relief. Under Exhibit Q of the Order, the expiration of hazardous waste coordinator certifications will be extended until November 9, 2020. At that time, all past-due certifications will expire. However, as is allowed under normal operations, coordinators who submit applications for training and pay certification fees due prior to Nov. 9 will be provided an additional 90 days to attend a training event.
For the foreseeable future, all NHDES training will be provided in an online format. NHDES will continue to offer these events frequently to provide training to coordinators whose certification dates are near, or past expiration.
Because of the complications of working with an online training platform and the backlog of past-due coordinators, we are unable to have applicants register directly for a specific training date. As such, dates are not chosen until your application has been processed, and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email with the webinar registration process. The link in the email will have all available dates for attendees to choose from. If you have further questions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].
To register, please submit an application and payment to:
NHDES Hazardous Waste Certification Program
c/o Judy Small
29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
Concord, NH 03302-0095
Basic Certification – Online
This is an online option to the Hazardous Waste Coordinator Basic training. Because of the amount of material and the testing requirement, we are offering this as a live two-day training that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and attendees only need to have internet access with speakers. This is the class required of all applicants who are either first-time attendees, or whose certification has expired. The class consists of an overview of the RCRA requirements that apply to all full quantity generators of hazardous waste in New Hampshire, and includes a comprehensive exam at the end of each day.
Although we aren’t able to guarantee a specific training date at this time, the following is a list of events that we have scheduled. As applications are received and processed, one or more of these dates will be offered to you.
- December 3 & 4, 2020
Basic Certification Refresher – Online
This is an online version of our Hazardous Waste Basic Refresher module ONLY for currently certified Hazardous Waste Coordinators. The purpose of this webinar is to review the full quantity generator RCRA requirements, and answer as many questions, as we can. The webinar is a one-day live event that runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and attendees only need to have internet access with speakers. Although we aren’t able to guarantee a specific training date at this time, the following is a list of events that we have scheduled. As applications are received and processed, one or more of these dates will be offered to you.
- November 25, 2020
- January 6, 2021
- January 20, 2021
Retail Basic – Online
This class is available only to staff from facilities that are in the retail business. The topics for this class will include understanding hazardous waste determinations, generator size classifications, storage requirements, completing manifests and requirements for other paperwork submittals. The class will also review regulatory standards on emergency plans, training and pharmacy operations. First-time attendees, or those whose certifications have expired, will be required to take an exam after the class.
Although we aren't able to guarantee a specific training date at this time, the following is a list of events that we have scheduled. Again, as applications are received and processed, one or more of these dates will be offered to you.
- January 14, 2021