When thinking of HAZWOPER, workers in chemical-protective suits spring to mind. Hazardous substances (including hazardous waste, hazardous materials, biological agents, and certain EPA-regulated substances) can threaten worker safety and health. Because of the seriousness of the hazards, OSHA issued its HAZWOPER Standard to protect workers in hazardous waste cleanup and emergency response operations.
As part of those protections, initial and annual refresher training must be provided based on the role of the worker. Look to J. J. Keller to help you train your hazardous waste cleanup workers and your emergency responders. Whether you are in manufacturing, warehousing, retail, construction, transportation, or other industries, we can help you with your HAZWOPER training needs.
HAZWOPER: Emergency Response Initial Training
The minutes immediately following a hazardous substance release are critical to ensuring everyone's safety. That's why OSHA requires emergency response training if your employees are expected to assist in the handling of an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance. The training level (awareness, operations or technician) must be based on the functions and duties your responders will be expected to perform.
OSHA has said that online training can serve as a valuable training tool in the context of an overall training program. To meet the intent of OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard, the employer must supplement any online curriculum with a qualified trainer, site-specific elements, hands-on exercises, and an opportunity for workers to ask questions. Emergency response training must also be tailored to the workers' assigned duties.
First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.
There are 3 online courses included within this curriculum:
First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response effort for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release.
They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.
There are 6 online courses included within this curriculum:
Hazmat Technician-Level Responders
First responders at the hazmat technician level 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.