HAZWOPER First Responder


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In compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation, this 8-hour first responder operations level training is to certify individuals who will be involved with Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). HAZWOPER first responders at the operations level are 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. First responders at the operational level shall have received at least eight hours of training. Specifically, here are the regulatory citations from 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 section q.

1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(A) Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques.
1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(B) Know how to select and use proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level.
1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(C) An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms.
1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(D) 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.
1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(E) Know how to implement basic decontamination procedures.
1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(F) An understanding of the relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures.

In contrast to the 8-hour HAZWOPER First Responder operations level training, the 4-hour HAZWOPER First Responder Awareness level training is for personnel who will notify appropriate organizations without actually trying to stop the release. Their sole function is to notify organizations or appropriate personnel at their facility of a hazardous material spill or release. First responder awareness level personnel shall have received at least four hours of training. Specifically, here are the regulatory citations from 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 section q.

1910.120(q)(6)(i)(A) An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident.
1910.120(q)(6)(i)(B) An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
1910.120(q)(6)(i)(C) The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency.
1910.120(q)(6)(i)(D) The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible.
1910.120(q)(6)(i)(E) 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.
1910.120(q)(6)(i)(F) The ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

This course has also been approved by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

If you have any questions while taking this training, please call our HOTLINE at 1-888-877-7130.

While this training course is very comprehensive, we highly recommend that additional site-specific training be taken for certain hazardous materials that may be encountered at different sites.

HAZMAT Training Table of Contents

Module 1 – Overview of Pertinent Environmental Regulations

Module 2 – Hazard Recognition Part 1

Module 3 – Hazard Recognition Part 2

Module 4 – Toxicology Part 1

Module 5 – Toxicology Part 2

Module 6 – Placards and Labeling

Module 7 – Respiratory Protection Part 1

Module 8 – Respiratory Protection Part 2

Module 9 – Personnel Protective Equipment

Module 10 – Decontamination Part 1

Module 11 – Decontamination Part 2

Module 12 – Work Zones

Module 13 – Overview of the Incident Command System

Module 14 – Incident Command System Part 1

Module 15 – Incident Command System Part 2

Module 16 – Incident Command Facilities

Module 17 – Incident Command System Concepts and Principles

Module 18 – The Facility Emergency Response Plan Part 1

Module 19 – The Facility Emergency Response Plan Part 2

Module 20 – Training and Equipping Your HAZMAT Team Part 1

Module 21 – Training and Equipping Your HAZMAT Team Part 2

Module 22 – Putting It All Together

Module 23 – Federal, State and Local Emergency Response Requirements

Module 24 – Spill and Release Reporting Under Federal Regulations Part 1

Module 25 – Spill and Release Reporting Under Federal Regulations Part 2


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