The Emergency Response Consulting Group has developed this Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Awareness Level and Refresher training program for personnel working for federal, state, and local government agencies; as well as those in the private sector requried to maintian OSHA Hazardous Materials compliance. This course is designed for personnel who could encounter an emergency involving Hazardous Materials and who are expected to recognize the presence of the HAZMAT, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area. This includes law enforcement personnel; fire and EMS personnel; Department of Public Works, Sanitation, Recycling Center employees; and others who may be first on the scene of a hazardous materials emergency.
We deliver a robust training program in the Hazardous Materials field. Our HAZMAT training programs provide you with the best possible training resources that can be found anywhere. Classes can be customized to meet your needs depending on the anticipated hazards found within your organization. This course meets or exceeds the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness-Level Personnel”
OSHA requires all employers to provide Hazard Communication training for new employees and additional training when new hazards enter the work force. In addition, if there is a potential for exposures to hazardous materials, OSHA requires workers to receive Hazardous Material Awareness Level Training under 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.)
First responders at the Awareness Level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release. These responders must be trained to define a hazardous material and its risks, recognize a release, identify the material if possible, and identify the need for additional resources. This course also covers all of the required OSHA topics of instruction, such as how to use available resources, including the Emergency Response Guidebook; and how to notify the proper authorities in the event of a hazardous material emergency. This training course is provides instruction in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, of the skills a responder at the Awareness Level must have:
An understanding of Hazardous Materials definitions
Knowledge of OSHA regulation compliancy requirements
An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
An 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
An understanding of the role of the first responder at the Awareness Level, including site security and control
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, to initiate the notification process, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center
This two-hour Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Awareness Level training course is an important consideration for First Responder agencies, municipalities, and all businesses for both the safety of their employees and complaince with OSHA standards and is required annually. The basic goal of hazardous materials training is to ensure that employers, employees and the public are provided with adequate, practical, reliable and comprehensible information on the hazards of chemicals, so that they can take effective preventive and protective measure for their health and safety. Critical guidance will be outlined, including strategies to help you and members of your organization stay safe when using, storing, or transporting chemicals or other hazardous materials.