Participants will learn how to recognize a hazardous material release and the risks involved. They will also learn how to identify the released material, 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.

    Main Topics Covered in this Course Include:

    • Definitions

    • Six Clues

    • Resources

    • Health Hazards

    • Protective Actions

    Legal Requirements:

    First responders at the Awareness Level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release. They are also trained to define a hazardous material and its risks, recognize a release, identify the material if possible, and identify the need for additional resources, such as the area Hazmat Team. This includes law enforcement personnel.

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, a responder at the Awareness Level must have:

    • An understanding of hazardous substances and the risks associated with them in an emergency

    • 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 and use of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Emergency Response Guidebook

    • The ability to realize the need for additional resources and to provide good information to the communication center

    Course Duration:  4 Hours

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