24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Level III Responder



HAZMAT responders at the Technician level are trained to respond to releases or potential releases in an offensive fashion. Unlike responders at the First Responder Operations (FRO) level who will seek to contain and isolate a release at a distance from the point of origin, workers at the Technician level will take steps to control or stop the release at its source. Hazmat technicians are typically members of Hazmat Teams, which are also known as Spill Response Teams, or Emergency Response Teams, when they respond to chemical spills. This training is also referred to as Hazmat Tech, Level III Responder, Industry Tech, or any combination of these terms. OSHA requires HAZMAT Technicians to have a minimum of 24 hours of training in accordance with section (q) of the HAZWOPER regulation.

Who Should Take This Course?

This OSHA 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Online course is designed to help first responders meet the OSHA HAZWOPER requirements for HAZMAT Technician training. This course is meant for initial HAZMAT Technician training only. For refresher training, please visit our 4 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher or 8 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher training page.

Course Format

All 24 hours of training for this course is provided online.

OSHA requires workers to have adequate training in the use of specialized equipment in a training environment prior to using it in a hazardous environment. For this reason, additional, company-specific training in the use of worksite-specific equipment may be required.

Additional Training

This 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician course provides valuable Hazmat Technician training information that applies to a general population of employees. However, this course is not meant to replace company-specific or function-specific training provided by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, policies and procedures, and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

This training requires annual recertification. You can receive this training by taking our 4 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher or 8 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher course.

This OSHA 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Online course is designed to meet the OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii) for construction, as well as any EPA or State OSHA training requirements.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii):

Hazardous materials technician. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Hazardous materials technicians shall have received at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas and the employer shall so certify:

  • Know how to implement the employer’s emergency response plan.
  • Know the classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment.
  • Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System.
  • Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician.
  • Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques.
  • Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit.
  • Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
  • Understand termination procedures.
  • Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe laws and regulations that apply to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Describe the training requirements for the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Explain the importance of an effective Emergency Response Plan;
  • List the components of an effective Medical Surveillance Program;
  • Implement the Incident Command System as part of an emergency response;
  • Reference the DOT-Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) as guidance for initial actions at the scene of a hazardous materials incident;
  • Perform effective scene size up during hazardous materials emergency response;
  • Recognize hazardous materials incidents and research their hazards utilizing various reference sources;
  • Understand basic toxicology principles and how they relate to chemical exposure;
  • Select and utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Understand medical considerations of wearing Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC);
  • Understand decontamination methods and the principles of decontamination;
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties of hazardous substances;
  • Understand the importance of a Site Specific Safety Plan;
  • Perform hazardous substance spill and containment and control techniques;
  • Understand the detection and monitoring tools available to the Hazmat Emergency Responder; and
  • Describe incident termination procedures and Post Incident Analysis techniques.

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