Hazardous Materials Operations Refresher 2002

Hazardous Materials Operations Refresher 2002 Instructor Guide Topic: Hazardous Materials Operations Refresher 2002 Time Required: Three Hours Materials:    · Appropriate Audio Visual Support    · Emergency Response...

  4. Done prior to arrival of hazardous material team

B. Procedures

  1. Quick rinse with garden hose or small hoseline with low flow and pressure

  2. Scrubbing with soap and water if equipment available

  3. Any clothing or equipment recovered from hot zone is considered hazardous waste

  4. Avoid direct contact with contaminated people or items

      a. Use rubber gloves and boots as minimum protective clothing

      b. Consider respiratory protection for airborne products including residue

Note: If time permits, the instructor may want to have the students set up and operate an emergency decontamination station.


VI. Standard Operating Procedures (1-6)

A. Establish Zones

  1. Hot zone

      a. Area of product release

      b. Perimeter based on Emergency Response Guidebook initial isolation distances or meter readings

      c. Only people with proper clothing and training work in this area

      d. Everyone in hot zone considered exposed

  2. Warm zone

      a. Area for contamination reduction or decontamination

      b. Size based on area required for decontamination

      c. Only people with proper clothing and training work in this area

  3. Cold zone

      a. Area for staging and unprotected resources

      b. Location of command post

      c. No special clothing required

B. Control Access

  1. Keep people including emergency responders in proper zone

  2. Monitor access to warm and hot zones

  3. Establish safety officer

C. Operations

  1. Operate only within training and equipment

  2. Do not take unnecessary risks

  3. Take care of emergency response personnel first

  4. Do not trade lives

  5. Consider withdrawal and exposure protection as options

  6. Support recovery as needed to prevent safety hazard and protect exposures

  7. Conduct termination activities

      a. Critique incident against SOP's

      b. Develop after-action report

D. Exercise

  1. Divide the attendees into groups of 3-5

  2. Assign each group one of the following products or select other products as appropriate for the

      response area

       a. Chlorine

       b. Propane (liquified petroleum gas)

       c. Anhydrous ammonia

      d. Diesel fuel

      e. Sulfuric acid

  3. Consider a location in the community for the incident to make it more realistic

  4. Have the students develop the following information

      a. ID No.

      b. ERG Guidebook No.

      c. Determine if it more a health hazard or a fire hazard

      d. Determine the initial isolation and evacuation distances for a small spill and a large spill for both

          day and night operation

      e. Determine the appropriate protective clothing for a fire and a spill

      f. Determine the emergency response for a fire or spill

      g. Determine the location and size of the zones

      h. Estimate the likely harm for a small or large spill or a fire

      i. Develop the incident command structure

      j. Summarize the responsibilities of the first alarm response

  5. Have the groups report out

  6. Conclude the session with a critique of each incident




   · Hazardous Materials Operations Refresher 2002

   · Basic Hazard and Risk Assessment Techniques

   · Personal Protective Equipment

   · Basic Terms

   · Control, Containment, and/or Confinement

   · Decontamination Procedures

   · Standard Operating Procedures


Providing periodic refresher training in hazardous materials operations for emergency responders will assist in reducing the potential for someone getting injured or killed in a real incident. Individual responders need to understand how to utilize the resources available to them while taken precautions to reduce the harm caused by such an incident.