Overview This course is designed to train individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to assess and respond in an offensive or defensive fashion while trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, prevent exposures, and stop the release. The course covers: an understanding of Hazmat laws and regulations, hazard and risk assessment techniques, selection and proper use of personal protective equipment, understanding of basic hazmat terms, how to perform product control procedures, understanding incident command, and implementing decontamination procedures. This course includes Classroom Instruction, written test, equipment demonstration, participant drills, hands-on participant evaluation.
Duration/Length 24 Hours
Target Audience Employees who will be participating in facility emergency response teams and who may be exposed to hazardous substances near the PEL.
CFR Reference 29 CFR 1910.120
Pre-requisites None
Course Format Classroom and Hands-on
Course Objectives • Knowledge of basic hazard and risk assessment techniques.
• Know how to select and use proper PPE provided to the first responder operations level.
• An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms.
• Know how to perform basic control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and PPE available with their unit.
• Know how to implement basic decontamination procedures.
• An understanding of the relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures.
• Know how to implement the employer’s emergency response plan.
• Know the classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment.
• Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System (ICS).
• Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical PPE provided to the hazardous materials technician.
• Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques.
• Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and PPE available with the unit.
• Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
• Understand termination procedures.
• Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.
After initial training, 8 hours of refresher training is required annually to maintain HAZWOPER certification.