Hazmat Courses

AWARENESS LEVEL COURSE (8 HOURS):

This course complies with NFPA 470 Chapter 4, Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Awareness Level Personnel and Chapter 5, Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Personnel, in addition to 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(i) First Responder Awareness Level.

The course is designed for people who, in the course of their normal duties, could encounter an emergency involving Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), who are expected to recognize the presence of hazardous materials, protect themselves, call for trained personnel and secure the area. This course will train participants to understanding what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident, to understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present, the ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency, the ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible, an understanding of the role of the first responder awareness individual in the employer’s emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook, the ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

First Responder Operations Level (24, 32, or 40 Hours):

The basic 24-hour course complies with 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii). With the addition of the 8-hour hands on skills module, it complies with NFPA 470 Chapter 6, Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders and Chapter 7, Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials Operations Level Responders in addition to 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii). This course is designed for 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 respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. This course will train participants to have knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques, to know how to select and use proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level, to understanding of basic hazardous materials terms, to know how to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit, to know how to implement basic decontamination procedures, and to have an understanding of the relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures. This course can be customized to meet the customer’s specific training needs. The basic course consists of a 24-hour lecture. If requested, an 8-hour hands-on skills practice for IFSAC/Pro Board testing can be added (32 hours total). In addition to the 32-hour course, an additional 8 hours of Mission Specific Competencies may be added (40 hours total), utilizing the requestors equipment, to include use of chemical protective clothing (CPC), use of basic atmospheric monitoring equipment, and supporting technical decontamination operations. 

Hazardous Materials Technician Level (40 hours):

This course complies with 29 CFR 1920.120 (q)(6)(iii). Using competencies found in NFPA 470 Chapter 10, Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technician and Chapter 11, Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians, this course is designed for individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Upon completion the Hazardous Material Technicians will have competency in the following areas: they will 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, know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment 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 personal protective equipment available with the unit, understand and implement decontamination procedures, understand termination procedures, understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.

Hazardous Materials Safety Officer Course:  

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. 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. 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. 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.

 

Hazardous Materials On-Scene Incident Commander (24 hours):

This course complies with NFPA 470 Chapter 12, Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Commanders, Chapter 13, Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD incident Commanders, and 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(v). The course is designed for members who will assume command/control of the incident scene beyond the first responder awareness level. Using a multimedia presentation and tabletop diorama, attendees will have competency in the following areas. Know and be able to implement the employer’s incident command system, know how to implement the employer’s emergency response plan, know and understand the hazards and risks associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing, know how to implement the local emergency response plan, know of the state emergency response plan and of the Federal Regional Response Team, and know and understand the importance of decontamination procedures.