National Environmental Trainers, Inc.

HAZMAT Technician Training



Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Technicians respond offensively during an emergency response operation. Our HAZMAT Technician training provides an in-depth look at OSHA required topics. At conclusion of the training, you will receive a certificate of completion for HAZMAT Technician training. HAZMAT Techician Level training is required by U.S. OSHA and various OSHA approved Plan States for First Responders.

OSHA HAZMAT Courses — Know the difference.

Did you know there are different 24-Hour HAZWOPER/HAZMAT courses required by the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120? Each of these courses is very different in both who they apply to and the topics that are covered during the training. Please see HAZWOPER Training levels.

The HAZMAT Technician training was developed for those professionals in fire, rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), general industry and other first responders who may respond to and mitigate incidents involving hazardous materials. We are the only company today with an OSHA accepted online simulator. We also offer U.S. Based support. Download OSHA Interpretation Letter (Acceptance Letter) 

HAZMAT Technicians are those persons who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous materials for the purpose of controlling the release. They are more aggressive than first responders at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous materials substance. They are expected to use specialized chemical protective clothing and specialized control equipment.

  • Includes 14 full length videos
  • HAZWOPER Hands-on Simulator (OSHA accepted)
  • Professional voiceovers
  • Over 78 interactive flash animations
  • Award winning content
  • CEU’s
  • Self grading quizzes and final exam
  • OSHA Study Timer (tracks your study time login and logout at your convenience)
  • Certificate of Completion (3 certificates) e-cert, 8×10 and wallet card (instant download of e-certificate upon course completion)
  • Free registration into the National Repository (download your certificates at anytime in the future)

In compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q) regulations, (HAZWOPER emergency response regulations) this training is required for individuals who plan to work as emergency responders. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion accepted by regulatory agencies. Students will be allowed to proceed at their own pace in this interactive program. Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of study time in order to satisfy part of the 24 hour HAZMAT Technician certification requirement.

Along the way there are self grading quizzes, interactive exercises, full length videos and a self grading final exam. The quizzes can be taken as many times as needed, and the final exam can be taken a maximum of 3 times. Once a person satisfactorily completes the course, an e-certificate is immediately sent to them via email. The original certificates (8×10 and wallet card size) arrive in the U.S. mail.

Our training is taken online. As with any training (classroom or online) the employer is required by regulations to train the employee(s) on performance based standards for any applicable equipment. This is a site-specific requirement and typically cannot be achieved in a regular public seminar or open enrollment class where training on a respirator(s) or PPE in general does not meet the site-specific regulatory requirement. Generic hands-on training on PPE and equipment does not fully meet the OSHA regulations.

This specialized training utilizes a modular format where employers may analyze its current level of competency and choose course modules that will provide the skills needed by its hazardous materials team. Training includes offensive procedures for mitigation of hazardous materials spills, leaks, and exposures. Topics include chemistry, detection devices, advanced recognition and identification, pre-incident planning, incident management, scene evaluation and termination, terrorism, toxicology, medical surveillance, emergency care, PPE usage and limitations, and decontamination.

Plan States (approved by U.S. OSHA) must have standards at least as stringent as the Federal HAZWOPER training requirements. These Plan States may have additional training requirements.

29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii) Hazardous Materials Technician – Employees who respond to releases in an aggressive fashion for the purpose of stopping the release must be trained to the HAZMAT technician level. These individuals approach the point of release to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the hazardous substance release. Employees such as chemical process operators may be required to shut down processes, close emergency valves and otherwise secure operations that are not in the danger area before evacuating in the event of an emergency. These procedures need to be delineated in the ERP, and employees must be trained to be able to perform these pre-evacuation procedures safely. Employees who perform these operations are not considered “emergency responders.” However, if they are expected to perform duties in the danger area beyond what they are trained to do and comparable to those of a HAZMAT technician or the defensive role of the first responder at the operations level, then they would be expected to be trained as emergency responders in accordance with 1910.120(q). Process operators who have (1) informed the incident command structure of an emergency (defined in the facility’s ERP); (2) adequate PPE; (3) adequate training in the procedures they are to perform; and (4) employed the buddy system, may take limited action in the danger area (e.g., turning a valve) before the emergency response team arrives. The limited action taken by process operators must be addressed in the ERP.

Once the emergency response team arrives, these employees would be restricted to the actions that their training level allows. This limited action assumes that the emergency response team is on its way and that the action taken is necessary to prevent the incident from increasing in severity (i.e., to prevent a catastrophe).

Employers must inform such employees during their training that they are to evacuate when they lack the capabilities to respond in a safe manner and in accordance with the standard operating procedures defined in the ERP. For example, first responders (e.g., law enforcement, firefighters, etc.) involved in methamphetamine lab raids are often confronted with releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances such as caustics, solvents, and toxic gases (e.g., phosphine). The training for these personnel must be based on the expected roles and responsibilities during the emergency response. As such, the response personnel responsible for taking the aggressive role of shutting down the laboratory “cooking” process would likely face the greatest exposures, and must be trained to at least the hazardous materials technician level. (Note: Any post-emergency response clean-up must be done in accordance with (q)(11); clean-ups not resulting from an emergency response and that fall under (a)(1)(i)-(iv) must be done in accordance with paragraphs (b)-(o) of HAZWOPER.)

At completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the federal regulations governing the use, storage, and transport of hazardous materials in the United States
  • Describe health and safety issues by classes of chemicals and toxic effects on specific body systems
  • Discuss the importance of medical surveillance and proactive health and safety planning
  • Identify the different types of containers used to transport/store hazardous materials.
  • Describe the pre-incident planning process, including the performance of hazard analysis and risk assessment
  • Discuss the chemical principles and terms of practical application to fire fighters responding to hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction incidents
  • Explain the factors related to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including chemical compatibility, the physiological and psychological stresses of wearing encapsulated clothing, and maintenance
  • Explain the types, levels, and process of decontamination, including step-by-step procedures and set-up of the area
  • Describe special decontamination situations such as decon for radiation and etiologic agents
  • Describe the structure of a typical incident management system at a hazardous materials incident with a focus on the Hazardous Materials Sector/Group
  • Describe the technician level responder’s role at a hazardous materials incident resulting from terrorist activities
  • Describe how to assess, treat, and transport patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials or injured at such incidents
  • Describe the defensive and offensive control measures used by hazardous materials response team members in students’ jurisdiction including, but not limited to:
    • Diking
    • Damming
    • Plugging
    • Patching
    • Overpacking
    • Transfer operations

Take the HAZMAT Technician Certification exam.

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