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Hazardous Materials Awareness Program (NFPA 472)
HAZMAT Awareness is the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Hazardous Materials – Awareness certification course. This course references National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards; specifically, NFPA Standard 472: Professional Competencies of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, 1997 edition, which is required to achieve the Hazardous Materials Awareness level. At the conclusion of the academic portion of this module, a test will be given to each student testing his/her knowledge of HAZMAT Awareness. This is a pass/fail test required by the Department of Defense. Upon successful completion you will become HAZMAT Awareness certified through the Department of Defense, Fire Fighter Certification System.

Specific Training Training Information:

  • The role of the first responder in a hazardous materials incident and identification of related training requirements
  • Identify and describe important laws, regulations, and standards that apply to hazardous materials initial response
  • Identify the hazard class and, if possible, the product name of hazardous materials found at an emergency scene. Apply principles and define terminology to ensure personal safety
  • Identify the characteristics which may involve hazardous materials in terrorist activities

Hazardous Materials Operations Program (NFPA 472)
This is an intermediate level course that provides an overview of the mandated requirements for First Responder at the operations level in accordance with Federal OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6) and NFPA 472. Students will demonstrate competency in the following areas: first responder awareness requirements, knowledge of basic hazards and risk assessment techniques, selection and use of proper personal protective equipment, knowledge of hazardous materials terminology, performance of basic control and containment operations, implementation basic decontamination procedures, and knowledge of relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures.

Hazardous Materials Technician (NFPA 472)
This is considered advanced level offensive training. Hazardous materials technicians shall be trained to meet all competencies at the first responder awareness and operational levels and the competencies outlined in NFPA 472 . Hazardous Materials Technicians Shall also learn Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other appropriate state, local, or provincial occupational health and safety regulatory requirements. RTA shall provide all equipment required to facilitate this training. Training includes PPE, decon, tools and equipment and all required training props.

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
The HAZWOPER is a complete 40 Hour training package that assists facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120), and helps employees avoid exposure to hazardous materials. Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances, as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly. They have mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area. In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave". Since then, other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials.


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