Hazardous Waste Training

Kansas Hazardous Waste Handler's Training

Welcome to the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program’s Hazardous Waste Handler Training Program, designed in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to assist businesses and industries in meeting employee training responsibilities as required by Kansas Administrative Regulations (KAR) 28-31-4.

Although the regulations don’t detail specific elements required as part of the training, the Kansas environmental regulatory agency, KDHE Bureau of Waste Management, has approved this web-based training as adequate for hazardous waste handlers to meet the above training requirement, as long as it is used in conjunction with a site-specific training program for employees. The site-specific training should address waste streams and waste-handling locations utilized at that facility.


Note, that this training is NOT comprehensive enough for large quantity generators (LQGs) and that as a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG), you do not have to complete this level of training, but it is recommended.


Any company that produces hazardous waste in quantities of 55 pounds or more a month must ensure that its employees are "thoroughly familiar with proper [hazardous] waste handling and emergency procedures that are relevant to the employee’s responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies." The required training must provide –

- initial training within six months of hire,

- annual training after initial training, and

- documented record of training that is maintained for three years.


All generators must –

- conduct hazardous waste determinations on all waste streams KAR 28-31-261,

- document all hazardous waste determinations (and keep for three years from the date the waste is last sent off site),

- know how much of each hazardous waste stream is generated each month, and

- manage and properly dispose of all wastes.


The student is encouraged to use KDHE’s Hazardous Waste Generator Handbook found at 1.      http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/forms/hazwaste/gen700-HWGenHandbook.pdf. This important resource will be referenced throughout the training.


How to use this training program:

  1. Each training topic is introduced through a separate page that contains a lesson on the topic that the student should read.
  2. After each lesson, the student can choose to advance onto the question that goes with the lesson or return to review the previous page.
  3. The lesson-specific question will ask the student a question or series of questions about that lesson that must be answered correctly in order to proceed to the next lesson.
  4. The employee or student is encouraged to use KDHE’s Hazardous Waste Generator Handbook, hereon referred to as the "Handbook," and/or the KAR resources referenced above to help complete each lesson (some lessons will reference a section in KDHE’s Handbook or the respective KAR). KDHE also posts hazardous waste generator workshop presentations at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/p_workshops.html.
  5. Students may proceed at their own rate, but should plan on approximately one to two hours to complete the course. If a student leaves the training without finishing it, they will need to start from the beginning again. Upon completion of the course, students will be forwarded to a "Training Award" page that asks for their personal data. This form should be printed, signed and dated; then given to a supervisor as verification of program completion. Training documents should be maintained for three years as a record of completing this portion of your training program.

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K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
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2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 300, Manhattan, KS 66506