Course Introduction

Welcome to the California Hazardous Waste Classification online course. This course will familiarize you with the hazardous waste classification requirements in California’s laws and regulations. Once completed, you will have the information and resources to tell whether a waste is hazardous to ensure its proper management (e.g., storage, transport, treatment, disposal).

This course covers:

  • Hazardous waste identification through different characteristics and listings
  • Exclusions from the waste classification requirements
  • Test methods we use to measure the characteristics of wastes
  • Resources and information available to assist us in classifying wastes and determining whether a waste is a federally regulated (RCRA) or a California regulated (non-RCRA) hazardous waste.

We will also explore the relationship between the guidance document “Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods (SW-846)” and the waste classification requirement, including the document’s relevance to sampling and statistical methods. This course is specifically designed for Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) staff involved in waste classification activities. If you are a business and have completed California Compliance School, this course may be helpful in answering your hazardous waste classification questions.

It is important to note that although this course follows the current laws and regulations governing hazardous waste, the information provided is not intended as a substitute for such laws and regulations. As laws change the course material will be updated, but it is always recommended that you refer to the relevant federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and California Hazardous Waste Control Law (HWCL) laws and regulations when making any determinations about a waste.

A certificate of completion of this online training course is available upon passing the final quiz. DTSC is unable to provide backdated training certificates.

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