This course complies with NFPA 470 Chapter 18, Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Safety Officers and Chapter 19, Professional Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Safety Officers.

Who is this course for?
The hazardous materials safety officer (NIMS: Assistant Safety Officer – Hazardous Material in the United States) is that person who works within an incident management system/incident command system (IMS/ICS) (specifically, the hazardous material branch/group) to ensure that recognized hazardous materials/WMD safe practices are followed at hazardous materials/WMD incidents. 

What Training will you recieve in this course?
The goal of this course is to provide the hazardous materials safety officer with the knowledge and skills to evaluate a hazardous materials/WMD incident for safety and ensure that recognized safe operational practices are followed. Utilizing actual scenarios on the tabletop diorama with the instructors acting as the IC and ISO, members will participate in the preparation of and monitor the implementation of the incident site safety and control plan, advise the incident commander/sector officer of deviations from the incident site safety and control plan and of any dangerous situations, and learn when to alter, suspend, or terminate any activity that are judged to be unsafe. 

What will you get out of this course?
Participants will learn to use a risk-based response to analyze a hazardous materials/WMD incident. They will review and evaluate hazard and response information, apply risk-based response principles as it pertains to the safety of all persons in the hazardous materials group, assist in planning a safe response, ensure the implementation of a safe response consistent with IAP, the emergency response plan, and/or standard operating procedures, and evaluate the progress of the planned response to ensure that the response objectives are being met in a safe manner, and assist in terminating the incident.