Hazardous Materials/WMD Awareness Level Responder - 4 hours
This is an introductory level course that provides an overview of the mandated requirements for Awareness Level Responders in accordance with federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6), NFPA 472 (2008 Edition) and WAC 296-824. Students will demonstrate competency in the following areas: understanding what hazardous materials are and the risks associated with them in an incident, understanding the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous materials are present, the ability to recognize the presence of hazardous materials in an emergency, the ability to identify hazardous materials, understanding the FRA role in emergency response operations, the ability to recognize the need for additional resources, and how to make appropriate notifications.
Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responder - 8 hours
This is an intermediate level course that provides an overview of the mandated requirements for Operations Level Responder in accordance with federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6), NFPA 472 (2008 Edition) and WAC 296-824 and. Students will demonstrate competency in the following areas: Awareness Level Personnel requirements, knowledge of basic hazards and risk assessment techniques, know how to select and use proper personal protective equipment, knowledge of hazardous materials terminology, know how to perform basic control and containment operations, know how to implement basic decontamination procedures, and understand relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures.
Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders (Core & Mission-Specific) - 24 / 40 hours
This level course(s) provides an overview of the requirements for hazardous materials/WMD operations level responders in accordance with federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8), NFPA 472 (2008 Edition) and WAC 296-824. Students will demonstrate competency in the following areas: Operations Level Responder Core competency requirements, meet applicable governmental occupational health and safety regulations, implement the emergency response plan, analyze a incident to determine scope of the problem and potential outcomes, survey incident to identify containers and materials involved and whether materials have been released, perform basic defensive control measures, basic terms, hazards, properties and characteristics of materials, suitability of PPE, decontamination procedures, scene control procedures, persevering evidence, and evaluating status of planned responses. Operations level responders assigned mission-specific responsibilities as determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) such as specialized use of PPE, perform mass decontamination, perform technical decontamination, perform preservation and sampling, perform product control, perform air monitoring and sampling, perform victim rescue/recovery and respond to illicit laboratory incidents. Each mission-specific responsibility requires additional training in the competencies to allow operations responders to support other emergency response agencies.
Hazardous Materials Technician – 24 hours
This level course(s) provides an overview of the requirements for hazardous materials technician to perform within their employers emergency response plan limitations for operations level responders in accordance with federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8), NFPA 472 (2008 Edition) and WAC 296-824. Workers regularly on site or respond to employer related incidents and who work in areas which have been monitored and fully characterized indicating that exposures are under permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits where respirators are not necessary, and the characterization indicates that there are no health hazards or the possibility of an emergency developing may fall within this category of training. Workers with 24 hours of training, who become general site workers or emergency responders and are required to wear respirators, shall have additional required training. Competencies shall cover the employees ability to implement the employer’s emergency response plan, function within their assigned role in the incident command system, understand hazard and risk assessment techniques, understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior, understand and use field survey instruments and equipment, select and use PPE appropriate within their employers emergency response plan, perform limited control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and PPE available, and implement decontamination procedures to their level of training and scope of resources available.
Hazardous Materials/WMD Technician – 40 / 80 hours
This is an advanced level course that provides an overview of the mandated requirements for hazardous materials technician in accordance with federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q) (8), WAC 296-62 Part R and NFPA 472. Technicians shall be that person that responds to hazardous materials/WMD incidents using a risk-based response process to analyze a problem, selects applicable decontamination procedures, and controls a release using specialized protective clothing and control equipment. Implement site specific safety and health plan, identify containers and verify identity of the hazardous material/WMD involved, identify the types(s) of monitoring technology to determine hazards, collect and interpret hazard and response information from technical resources, understand and describe specific terms and their significance, determine the likely extent of physical, safety, and health hazards to identify exposure symptoms, predict likely behavior of materials and their containers where multiple materials are involved, identify potential response options, understanding and selection of PPE for hazardous materials/WMD incidents, performing control functions identified in the Incident Action Plan, understand incident termination elements, debriefing, critiques and reporting and documenting the incident.