Hazardous Materials Technician Level Training (40-hours)

Course Description

This course provides those personnel who are, or will be operating as a member of a hazardous materials response team with the basic skills needed to evaluate and mitigate an incident involving the release of hazardous materials.  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 - 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii).

Course Highlights 

  1.  Methods and procedures for evaluating and controlling a hazardous materials incident.

  2.  Guidelines and principles for protecting the health and safety of response personnel.

  3.  The fundamentals of response team organization and operations.

  4.  The proper use of chemical protective clothing and direct-reading instruments.

  5.  Confinement and containment techniques.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the levels I and II objectives, this course will include:

  1. Implementation of the employer's (jurisdictional) emergency response plan;

  2. The classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment;

  3. Functioning within an assigned role in the Incident Command System;

  4. Selection and proper use of specialized chemical personal protectice equipment;

  5. Understanding of hazard and risk assessment techniques;

  6. Performing advanced control, containment, and/or confinement operations; 

  7. Implement advanced decontamination procedures;

  8. Understand termination procedures; and 

  9. Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.