SAFETY FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, OSHA TRAINING

It is important to note that the spill of hazardous materials and chemicals can just happen anywhere. Even if there is only a small chance that it could occur in your facility, your employees should be trained on what to do in a hazardous spill situation. OSHA defines five levels of training in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response regulation.

First Responder Awareness
This level involves everyone who enters a facility including personal who don’t usually deal with chemicals including office personal. These employees need four hours of training and they learn the basics about the chemicals in the facility and their risks. The employees are taught how to identify an emergency and who to contact. Basically, the employees are taught how to detect emergency and who to get in touch with quickly.

Awareness for those in charge of operations
The employees in this level are those that are responsible for keeping spills from spreading as well as keeping away unauthorized people. The employees at this level are required to take 8 hours of training. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. Also they learn personal protective equipment use, simple control and containment operations and how to implement basic decontamination procedures.

Hazardous Materials Technician
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. Hazardous materials technicians need 24 hours of training. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. Decontamination procedures, control techniques for spills as well as ways of identifying plug leaks are taught about at this level of training.

Hazardous Materials Specialist
the training done in this level is given to the specialist in this field on how to handle hazardous materials and how to communicate this with the relevant authorities. They receive 24 hours of class training including detailed training on chemical, radiological and toxicological hazards. This training delves further to discussing the various decontamination procedures and which is appropriate and for which situation as well as how to perform the procedures not forgetting the various personal protective equipment for various situation.

The commander training
Incident commanders receive the highest level of HAZMAT training as they are in charge of all cleanup operations. Despite the fact that the amount of time required to do the training may vary from institution to institution, the minimum number of hours required is 24 hours. This is because they need to have this information at their finger tips as they are required to come up with emergency response plans. Incident commander is also required to be an expert in medical risks and decontamination.

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