This 8-hour entry-level course is for all first responders and any other public employees or officials who are likely to encounter an emergency involving hazardous/weapons of mass desruction (WMD), and who are expected to recognize the presence of the HazMat/WMD, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area.This course meets the NFPA 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to HazMat/WMD Incidents, Chapter 4 and 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(i) for Awareness level personnel. The course is a prerequisite for most other HazMat Courses taught under the HMEP Grant.
Prerequisites & Other Information:
Number of Students:* 12 minimum
Instructor Staff: One (1) Instructor
Who should Attend:
Rural County Host: If you are hosting a class in a rural county (population 150,000 or less) you may not be required to meet the “minimum number of students” for this class. Rural County Residents may be eligible for travel, lodging and/or per diem reimbursement to attend HMEP funded classes. A requester will need the support of your supervisor to receive funding. Contact the HMEP Program Administrator with questions firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-424-2005.
Note: This course is the prerequisite for most TDEM HazMat courses. All HMEP Hazardous Material Courses offered through TDEM are compliant with OSHA 29CFR 1910.120, EPA 40CFR Part 311, NFPA Standard 472 and qualify for TCOLE credit.
Regulatory overview pertinent to Awareness level • Department of Labor • Environmental Protection Agency • Department of Transportation • NFPA
An understanding of what hazardous substances are and the risks associated with them in an incident • General characteristics of Hazardous Materials • General toxicology associated with Hazardous Materials
An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present. • Notification process • Actions capable to be performed by individuals. • Timely actions
The ability to recognize the presence of Hazardous Substances in an emergency • DOT placards/labels • NFPA 704 placards/labels • Container shapes • Occupancy/location
An understanding of the role of the first responder awareness individual in the employer's emergency response plan • Emergency Response Plans • Site Safety Plans • Site Security Plans • DOT Emergency Response Guide
The ability to realize the need for additional resources • Make appropriate notification to proper authority • Actions by first responder is 'First Aid' ONLY
How This Course is Offered:
This class is offered through TDEM HazMat Preparedness Group as an onsite delivery at a location designated by the requesting jurisdiction. These classes are an open enrollment with the approval of the class host and TDEM. If you are a County Judge; Emergency Management Coordinator; Fire or Police Chief; Public Works Trainer, Training Coordinator or Officer then register as a Training Coordinator. After you have registered as a Training Coordinator then click the link below “Training Coordinators can request this course by completing the Host Planning Sheet”.
No tuition is charged.
Students must be Public Sector Employees/Volunteers: Students must be employed or used by a political subdivision (county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority), school district, special districts, interstate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government. Private sector, federal, non-profit, not-for-profit employees may not be eligible for these classes unless they also serve in a public sector volunteer position. Volunteers must apply through their public sector agencies. Texas residents only.
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