Hazmat Materials Awareness Course

Duration:  8 hours

Intended Trainee Population
The intended trainee population includes any worker who may be first at the scene of a hazmat incident, such as fire and rescue personnel, police officers, and public works employees. These trainees will respond defensively by calling for help from more highly trained responders and securing the incident scene to protect themselves and others. They should have no potential for exposure to the hazards of an incident.

Applicable Standards
This course is based on training objectives listed in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i), or equivalent requirements referenced in 40 CFR 311, supplemented with applicable training objectives from NFPA 472.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course, the trainee will be able to: ·

  • Describe the common ways that the presence of hazmats in an emergency may be recognized
  • Identify hazardous materials involved in an emergency using information commonly available to first responders
  • List the DOT hazmat hazard classes and describe the primary hazards of each
  • Assess an emergency situation involving hazmats and determine the potential bad outcomes that may result
  • Describe the concept of site control, including isolation and zoning of an incident scene
  • Use the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook to determine the appropriate actions to take in response to a hazmat incident
  • Explain the importance of knowing communication procedures and the role of first responder awareness level personnel in the employer’s emergency response plan

Curricula Component

  • Training manual produced by UAB/CLEAR
  • DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Reference materials on CD-ROM
  • PowerPoint presentations and various worksheets and kits used in classroom exercises

Clandestine Drug Lab Awareness Module Outline

  1. Introduction to Hazardous Materials
    1. Regulations Covering Spills and Hazmat Response
    2. Do’s and Don’ts for Awareness Level First Responders
    3. Planning for Emergencies
  2. Recognition and Identification of Hazmats
    1. Personal knowledge
    2. Shipping papers
    3. Label and placard recognition, including exercise
    4. Container recognition
    5. Occupancy and location
    6. Human senses
  3. Predicting Outcomes of Hazmat Emergencies
    1. Using references to learn about chemicals
    2. Basic properties of hazmats
    3. Hazard assessment exercise
  4. Actions of Awareness Level Responders
    1. Using the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
    2. Isolation and zoning of an incident scene
    3. Exercise: Determining correct emergency actions

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