OSHA standards 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii) states that 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. The employer is responsible to determine the
appropriate response for a given situation and assign only those personnel trained to perform
those operations. This would involve being assigned duties in either the “warm zone” and in
specific situations the “hot zone.” The following areas will be covered in this course:
- Discuss basic hazard and risk assessment techniques.
- Discuss how to select and use proper personnel protective equipment provided to the first
- responder operational level.
- Discuss basic hazardous materials terms.
- Discuss and perform basic control, containment and/or confinement operations within the
- capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit.
- Discuss and perform basic decontamination procedures.
- Discuss and relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures.
Upon successful completion of the State written and practical examination personnel will be
eligible to apply for certification as “Hazardous Materials - First Responder Operations” through
the Indiana Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education and/or the International Fire
Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
First Responder - Awareness Level
Hazardous Materials Technician
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