HAZWOPER: First Responder Awareness Level Training

Course Description:

By the end of the training session, trainees will be able to understand your role as a first responder and the company’s emergency response plan; identify hazardous substances and know the risks associated with them if they are released or spilled; recognize a hazardous release or spill and potential outcomes; report the spill or release by calling for help, notifying others of the chemical spill or release, and helping coordinate an evacuation of the area; call for additional resources if needed; protect yourself and others by evacuating the area near the chemical spill or release; and secure the area in order to prevent untrained, unauthorized people from going near the spill location.

Course Duration: 19 minutes

Why “HAZWOPER: First Responder Awareness Level Training” Matters:

  • As a potential first responder, you should understand your role and the company’s emergency response plan.
  • First responders training helps employees identify hazardous substances and know the risks associated with them if they are released or spilled.
  • First responders training helps employees recognize a hazardous release or spill and potential outcomes.
  • Reporting the spill or release by calling for help, notifying others of the chemical spill or release, and helping coordinate an evacuation of the area are vital for employee safety.
  • Securing the area in order to prevent untrained, unauthorized people from going near the spill location ensures company safety after an incident.

Key Points:

  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) is for facilities that store, handle, or use hazardous chemicals.
  • Awareness-level first responders are trained to act only defensively.
  • Recognize the chemicals used at your facility, learn about potential spill or release scenarios, and then learn how to identify chemical spills or releases.
  • Evacuate others and yourself from the spill area. Remember to stay upwind of smoke and vapor clouds.
  • Notify the spill response team. Do not attempt to control or contain the spill yourself because you are not properly trained.
  • Secure the area around the spill to prevent unauthorized personnel from getting close to the spill.

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