OSHA TRAINING LEVELS ON HOW TO DEAL WIT HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILLS
Nearly any facility could have an hazardous spill. 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.
Creating awareness for the first responder
The first level of training mainly involves those people that come to the factory but do not handle the chemical components. These employees need four hours of training and they learn the basics about the chemicals in the facility and their risks. They are also taught how to recognize a hazmat emergency and who to contact.
First Responder Operations
This level is for workers who have the job of keeping spills from spreading and to keep unauthorized personnel away from the spills. The employees at this level are required to take 8 hours of training. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. Also they learn personal protective equipment use, simple control and containment operations and how to implement basic decontamination procedures.
Hazardous Materials Technician
At this level, the staff to be trained are those that actually get into the spill area and stop the spill from spreading. The amount of hours required to train this staff also increases in that it is 24 hours. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. Decontamination procedures, control techniques for spills as well as ways of identifying plug leaks are taught about at this level of training.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
the training done in this level is given to the specialist in this field on how to handle hazardous materials and how to communicate this with the relevant authorities. 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. They learn PPE for unique situations, how to determine what type of decontamination procedure to use and how to perform specialized containment operations.
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. Despite the fact that the amount of time required to do the training may vary from institution to institution, the minimum number of hours required is 24 hours. This is because they need to have this information at their finger tips as they are required to come up with emergency response plans. Those trained in this level should be experts in medical risks as well as decontamination experts.