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HAZWOPER Awareness & Operations

Environmental Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Course Length

8 hours

Max Attendees


Min Attendees


Course Description

Focused on first responders trained to the operations level as described in 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(ii). Operations level responders are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site 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 exposure. First responders at the operational level are required to have at least eight hours of training and experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the course topics.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Understand procedures involved in an emergency response.
  2. Safely observe, assist, or support facets of the emergency response that do not require direct exposure to hazardous materials or situations.
  3. Understand the characteristics of hazardous substances.
  4. Understand and assist with site security and control.
  5. Navigate and comprehend the Emergency Response Guidebook.
  6. Understand Personal Protective Equipment requirements and limitations.
  7. Understand and execute control, containment, and confinement operations.
  8. Understand and execute decontamination procedures.

Course Outline

  1. Hazardous Substances and the Risks Associated with them in an Incident
  2. Potential Outcomes Associated with Hazardous Substances Emergencies
  3. Hazardous Substance Recognition and Identification
  4. First Responder Roles and Responsibilities
  5. Site Security and Control
  6. Emergency Response Guidebook
  7. Basic Hazard and Risk Assessment Techniques
  8. Personal Protective Equipment
  9. Basic Hazardous Materials Terms
  10. Basic Control, Containment and/or Confinement Operations
  11. Basic Decontamination Procedures
  12. Standard Operating Procedures and Termination Procedures