OSHA TRAINING LEVELS ON HOW TO DEAL WIT HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILLS

Hazardous spills can occur in almost any facility. Even if there is only a small chance that it could occur in your facility, your employees should be trained on what to do in a hazardous spill situation. According to OSHA, there are five main level of training people about hazardous waste management.

First Responder Awareness
The first responder is any person who enters the manufacturing facility even when they do not handle the chemicals. this level requires only four hours of training as the employees here are only taught the basics regarding handling chemicals. They are also taught how to recognize a hazmat emergency and who to contact.

First Responder Operations
The employees in this level are those that are responsible for keeping spills from spreading as well as keeping away unauthorized people. This level of training requires eight hours for it to be complete. The terms referring to hazardeous materials are defined and explained as well as the procedure of carrying out risk assessment. Other skills taught include how to wear protective equipment and clothing as well as how to contain the spill.

Hazardous Materials Technician
The staff in this level of training are the ones that enter the spill area and prevent the material from spilling. 24 hours of training is required in order to complete training in this level. In this level of training, the techniques for assessing risk are taught further deeper as well as chemical and toxicological hazards. Decontamination procedures, control techniques for spills as well as ways of identifying plug leaks are taught about at this level of training.

Training the specialist.
Hazardous materials specialists are experts on how to handle all of the hazardous materials in your site and they work with federal, state, local and other Government officials if necessary. This training takes 24 hours just like that of the technicians but it is more indepth when it comes to discussing the various types of hazardous material. Here, the specialists learn how to carry out decontamination and how to contain a spill as well as the various personal protective gears available and which one is the most appropriate and for what situation.

Incident Commander.
the incident commander is the one in charge of all the incidents that occur in the organization and as a result are entitled to receive the highest level of training. The amount of hours needed for training varies from facility to facility but they are required at least 24 hours of class training. The commanders are required to have this information at their finger tips as they are required to come up with emergency response plans in case of a spill. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks

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