As part of your HAZWOPER training program, teaching employees about the “Emergency Response Plan” is an essential concept they need to understand. This training will teach your staff about why emergency response plans are so important and how they can potentially reduce or eliminate exposure to hazardous materials in the event of an emergency.
This HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plan Training Covers:
- Why it’s so important to prepare for a HAZWOPER emergency before one ever occurs
- An Emergency Response Plan is a written plan of action that companies follow when dealing with a HAZWOPER hazardous materials accident or event. This response plan is required by OSHA for all employers who deal with hazmat.
- What are the two primary functions of an Emergency Response Plan?:
- It is a written document that can be relied upon during a HAZWOPER incident
- It is a training tool for those employees who will be involved with a HAZWOPER emergency, including emergency responders
- Although HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plans contain the same general information, they are specific to the business they are written for. Every business has different chemicals, different work facilities, different access points, etc. For this reason, having a specific plan for your business is crucial to the safety of your operation.
- What is a HAZWOPER “chain of command,” and what are the different roles within a HAZWOPER emergency situation?:
- Incident Commander – this is the person primarily responsible for bringing the HAZWOPER situation under control. This includes the ultimate containment and cleanup of any hazardous materials or substances. They are the person in charge.
- Hazardous Materials Specialist – this person determines what kinds of chemicals are on-site and how those chemicals might be involved in the current emergency situation. These are usually chemical experts and they are one step below the incident commander.
- Hazardous Materials Technicians – these are the people that are responsible for removing or neutralizing the hazardous materials that have been released. They follow the directions of the hazardous materials specialist on how to clean up the hazmat.
- First Responder Operations – these workers are in charge of sealing off contaminated areas to make sure the hazardous materials don’t spread
- First Responder Awareness – they notify management that an emergency has occurred and are usually not involved in the actual cleanup of the HAZWOPER event.
Additional Concepts in This HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plan Training:
- What is the importance of the 5 roles of the HAZWOPER team to communicate with each other effectively?
- What is the buddy system, and is it required by OSHA for workers entering a hazardous materials area? (OSHA requires that at least two workers enter a site simultaneously, that way, if one worker is affected by the spilled hazardous materials, the “buddy” can radio for help or provide assistance)
- The HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plan must outline the level of PPE available and how it should be used (These are Level A, B, C, and D personal protective equipment, and they each serve a specific purpose)
- What are the various types of personal protective equipment, how are they classified, and what are they used for?
- The importance of training, drills, and practice run of the HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plan
- and much more…
When it comes to your HAZWOPER program and your Emergency Response Plan, training is the key to a successful operation. Of course, this training needs to occur BEFORE any emergency situation happens. That’s where this HAZWOPER Emergency Response Plan training comes in. It will teach your employees about the Plan, why it’s important, and how to implement it. Available as an English or Spanish-speaking DVD or USB stick, the length of this training program is 15 minutes.