DEALING WITH WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS SPILLS

It is important to note that the spill of hazardous materials and chemicals can just happen anywhere. It is always a good thing to train your staff on how to handle chemical and material spills even when the risk of it actually spilling is minimal. In case of an hazardous waste spill, there are five main people who are most likely to be affected and that is why OSHA offers five levels of training for these individuals.

Creating awareness for the first responder
This level involves everyone who enters a facility including personal who don’t usually deal with chemicals including office personal. this level requires only four hours of training as the employees here are only taught the basics regarding handling chemicals. They are also taught how to recognize a hazmat emergency and who to contact.

Awareness for those in charge of 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 amount of hours required for training this staff is mainly eight hours. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. Other skills taught include how to wear protective equipment and clothing as well as how to contain the spill.

Hazardous Materials Technician
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. 24 hours of training is required in order to complete training in this level. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. They also learn use of field survey instruments to identify hazardous materials, spill control techniques, plug leaking containers and complex decontamination procedures.

Hazardous Materials Specialist
Hazardous materials specialists are experts on how to handle all of the hazardous materials in your site and they work with federal, state, local and other Government officials if necessary. 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. This training delves further to discussing the various decontamination procedures and which is appropriate and for which situation as well as how to perform the procedures not forgetting the various personal protective equipment for various situation.

The commander training
Incident commanders receive the highest level of HAZMAT training as they are in charge of all cleanup operations. 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. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks

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