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24-Hour Emergency Response Technician

Prerequisite: Emergency Response Operation

Class Hours: 24

Course Regulation:


29 CFR 1910.120:


(q)(6): Training. Training shall be based on the duties and functions to be performed by each responder of an emergency response organization. The skill and knowledge levels required for all new responders, those hired after the effective date of this standard, shall be conveyed to them through training before they are permitted to take part in actual emergency operations on an incident. Employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response, shall be given training in accordance with the following paragraphs:


(q)(6)(iii): Hazardous materials technician. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Hazardous materials technicians shall have received at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas and the employer shall so certify:


  • Know how to implement the employer’s emergency response plan;

  • Know the classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment;

  • Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System;

  • Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician;

  • Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques;

  • Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit;

  • Understand and implement decontamination procedures;

  • Understand termination procedures;

  • Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.



The following topics are covered in this course:


  • History of the Law

  • Regulatory Overview

  • Poisons

  • Chemical Exposure

  • Hazard Assessment

  • Fires and Explosions

  • Reference Material

  • Oxidizers

  • Oxygen Deficiency

  • Ionizing Radiation

  • Potential Site Hazards

  • Heat Stress

  • Cold Exposure

  • Noise Exposure

  • OSHA 1910.146

  • Planning and Organizing

  • ERGB Exercise

  • Training

  • Medical Surveillance

  • Site Characterization

  • Air Monitoring

  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

  • Supplies (Air Respirators)

  • Air-Purifying Respirators

  • Fit Test Procedures

  • Chemical Protective Clothing

  • Site Control

  • Decontamination Techniques

  • Drums and Containers

  • Site Emergencies

  • Hazardous Material Terminology

  • Review and Final Test

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