Hazardous Material Training

Hazardous Material
Awareness Level

Personnel are trained to identify the potential hazards of hazardous materials and isolate or evacuate the area as necessary. Almost every company has Hazardous Materials in their facility. It could be concentrated industrial cleaner, or the sulfuric acid in the forklift batteries. OSHA requires all employers to provide Hazard Communication training for new employees and additional training when new hazards enter the work force.

If there is a potential for exposures to hazardous materials those workers must receive hazard material awareness training under 29 CFR 1910.120 also known as hazwoper or hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

Workers trained to the awareness level can use labels, placards and markings to identify the potential hazards of chemicals. Hazwoper awareness training also requires workers to have a basic understanding of how to isolate the area of a chemical spill and how to contact their immediate supervisor.

Many industries combined their hazcom and Hazmat awareness training as part of a comprehensive program for new employee orientations. The training time is based on the chemical Hazard at the facility. Hazmat Solutions, Icn. provides a customized 8-hour training program for the specific hazardous materials at your facility.

Now Includes Globally Harmonizing System (GHS) of Classifying and Labeling Chemicals

GHS was adopted by the United Nations as a guideline to create a standard of classification on Chemical Hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted certain aspects of GHS into the newly modified Hazard Communication Standard. HazMat Solutions will customize our 8-hour onsite training for the Chemical Hazards at your facility.

GHS Pictograms, Labels and SDS

To ensure compliance with HCS, employers are now required to train employees on the newly revised HCS. All employers must insure that all employees are familiar with all changes to labels and SDS. Employees should understand how to use them and how to quickly access information. OSHA requires compliance of employee training to be completed by Dec. 1, 2013.

Who Needs This Training?

Per OSHA Regulations
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)

First Responder Awareness Level trained personnel are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release. They are trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. At this level, no further action beyond notifying the proper authorities of the release can be taken. First Responders at the Awareness Level shall have sufficient training or have sufficient experience to demonstrate competency.

Employees who work in an area (or areas) where there is a potential to witness or discover an uncontrolled release of a hazardous substance and whose response actions will be limited to initiating emergency response procedures by notifying the proper authorities, must receive First Responder Awareness level training consistent with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i). Such employees are not limited to police, hospital, or fire department personnel, but would include any employee meeting the above description.

Class Topics

  • An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident.
  • An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
  • The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency.
  • The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible.
  • An understanding of the role of the First Responder Awareness individual in the employer’s Emergency Response Plan, including Site Security and Control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).
  • The ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

Trained Thousands

Since 2000, HazMat Solutions’ staff have instructed thousands of firefighters, EMS, police and private industry emergency response teams. While we have developed specialized training programs for the DEA, Pentagon HazMat Team, and National Guard Civil Support Teams our primary mission is to minimize deaths and injuries at Industrial facilities by the accidental release of hazardous materials into the environment.

“HazMat Solutions has been our go to training source for incident response for the last 20 years. These guys are the experts in the field and perform training at the highest level.”
Russ H.