40-Hour, 24-Hour, 8-Hour
NHRS's HAZWOPER training courses are offered in three versions according to the level of accreditation required: 24-Hour Operations Level, 40-Hour Technician Level and 8-Hour Refresher.
24-Hour Operations Level
Responders at the Operations Level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying authorities of the release. They are trained to response in a defensive fashion to protect persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. Operations Level Training goal is to provide the responder with the knowledge and skill to perform the tests safely when handling “Incidental” Spills & Releases and to understand and identify their limitations when they are involved with “Emergency” type Spills & Releases. They shall have sufficient training within the following areas:
(A) An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident, analyze a hazardous materials incident to determine the magnitude of the problem.
(B) Survey the hazardous materials incident to identify the containers and materials involved, and determine what materials have been released.
(C) Know the classification, identification and verification of hazardous materials by using detection equipment and instruments.
(D) Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System (ICS)
(E) Have an understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
(F) Plan an initial response within the capabilities and competencies of available personnel, personal protective equipment, and the use of spill control equipment.
(G) An understanding of the role of the first responder in the employer’s emergency response plan to favorability change the outcome consistent with the local emergency response plan and NHRS Training Academy or their business partners standard operating procedures (SOP’S).
(H) Be able to perform control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC).
(I) Understand and implement basic decontamination procedures.
(J) Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.
(K) The ability to realize the need for additional resources and assistance.
Additionally, First Responders at the Operational level also shall receive any additional training to meet applicable DOT, EPA, OSHA and MIOSHA occupational health, safety, and environmental regulatory requirements.
40-Hour Technician Level
The 40-Hour Technician Level course is required for those personnel who will be called upon as first responders to oil and hazardous materials spills. Topics in addition to those covered in the 24-Hour Operations Level course include:
(A) Implementation of ER plans
(B) Classification/Identification of Unknowns
(C) Field Survey Instruments
(D) Decontamination Procedures of Personnel/Equipment
(E) HAZMAT Technologies
(F) Termination Procedures
(G) ICS/Terrorism Overview
8-Hour Refresher Level
The 8-Hour Refresher course is required annually of all personnel certified as HAZWOPER trained. It includes a thorough review of updates to regulatory requirements and current HAZMAT technologies.