Awareness Level Training for First Receivers
This course provides training as required by OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (29CFR 1910.120) for First Responder Awareness Level. First receivers are a division of first responders, and are those healthcare workers that are based away from a hazardous substance release, but are at risk when a hospital receives contaminated (chemical, biological, or radiological) patients. Although the OSHA standard was written for the First Responder, there are a series of interpretation letters to translate the HAZWOPER Standard into one that is appropriate for First Receivers.
Material covered in the course includes definitions of Awareness Level training, hazardous substances and their risks, decontamination procedures, and other information needed to fulfill responsibilities as a hospital-based First Receiver trained at the Awareness level.
Individuals who might reasonably be anticipated to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities. This is as directly defined in OSHA HAZWOPER Standard 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i).
- Emergency Department (ED) clinicians
- Emergency Department (ED) clerks
- Emergency Department (ED) triage staff
- Security guards
- Patient tracking clerks
- Maintenance staff
- Decontamination set-up crew
After completing this series, participants should be able to:
- Understand who requires the HAZMAT Awareness Level of training and which agencies are responsible for regulation.
- Understand the responsibilities of hospital employees trained at the HAZMAT Awareness Level.
- Understand what hazardous substances are and their associated risks.
- Understand the possible outcomes in an emergency involving hazardous substances
- Recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency situation.
- Identify hazardous substances, if possible.
- Understand your role in the hospitals emergency response plan, including site security and control, and decontamination procedures.
- Understand when and how to contact additional resources as needed.
- Who needs training
- What is required at your worksite
- General requirements for first receivers
- Definition of hazardous materials
- Recognition of hazardous substances
- Importance of communication
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Decontamination procedures