Hazardous Material Training

Hazardous Material
Operations Training

Ideal for employees who will be expected to take defensive measures to stop the spread of a chemical spill, or to assist in isolating an area until a cleanup contractor or off-site HazMat Team can arrive. Course content includes implementing the employer’s Emergency Response Plan, and using air-monitoring instruments to classify, identify, and verify hazardous materials used on site.

Students also learn the Incident Command System; use of personal protective equipment; decontamination; hazard/risk assessment; control/containment/confinement techniques; termination procedures; and basic chemical and toxicological terminology.

HazMat Operations Training is ideal for those facilities that need to minimize the risk to employees and the environment, but cannot justify the expense of an on-site HazMat Team. The basic Operations level training class is 8 hours long, or up to 24 hours if SCBAs and decontamination procedures are necessary.

Who Needs This Training?

Per OSHA Regulations
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)

First Responder Operations Level. Trained personnel 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. Protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release is the purpose of an initial response. 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 Operations Level shall receive at least 8 hours of training or have sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the class topics listed in addition to those listed for the Awareness Level, and the employer shall so certify.

Class Topics

  • An understanding of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • An understanding of how to select and use proper personal protective equipment provided to the First Responder Operational level
  • An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms
  • An understanding of how to perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit
  • An understanding of how to implement basic decontamination procedures
  • An understanding of the relevant Standard Operating Procedures and Termination Procedures

First Responder Operations – Case Study

A HazMat Solutions automotive parts manufacturer had a plating line spill of acid in the plating bath area. The area was evacuated and First Responders at the Operations Level donned PPE and stopped the spread the acid until a cleanup contractor arrived to neutralize the spill and remove any hazardous waste. The quick response minimized the damage to production equipment and loss of production at the facility.

“Having worked with HazMat Solutions over the last 19 years, and with several different employers, even in Ohio and Indiana, I still call upon them for well-composed, consistent compliance training.”

-Colleen Bowden, Health and Safety Manager