In compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) regulations, this HAZWOPER First Responder Awareness training is required for individuals who are likely to discover or witness a hazardous substance release and who will be responsible for notifying personnel for an emergency response action. At conclusion of this course, students will have a basic understanding of what hazardous materials are, how they can be identified and what to do if they are the first on the scene of a hazardous materials incident. This program is for individuals whose position may require them to report a hazardous materials incident. Emphasis is placed on the identification of hazardous materials and effective reporting systems. The program is also designed to provide an overview of the standard for supervisors responsible for employees or contractors who may be exposed to, or handle, hazardous materials.
HAZWOPER First Responders Awareness level operations need to have sufficient training or experience to:
• Know what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident
• Know the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present
• Recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency
• Identify the hazardous substances, if possible
• Know their role in the employer’s emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook
• Realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center
Plan States (approved by U.S. OSHA) must have standards at least as stringent as the Federal HAZWOPER training requirements. These Plan States may have additional training requirements.
29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) First Responder Awareness Level – Generally, law enforcement and facility security personnel should be trained to the first responder awareness level since they are likely to witness or discover a release of a hazardous substance. Security guards or other similar personnel who, upon discovery of a release requiring an emergency response, are limited to activation of an alarm, notification of appropriate authorities, and controlling access to the release from a remote area (safe distance) must also at a minimum receive first responder awareness level training. These employees can initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the authorities of the release, including alarm activation. Employees trained to the awareness level may control entry to and exit from the site from a remote location but must not assist in setting up safe distances because they lack knowledge regarding the potential for exposure, explosions, or radiation.