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SAFETY FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, OSHA TRAINING

Hazardous spills can occur in almost any facility. 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. 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.

Awareness for first responder.
The first responder is any person who enters the manufacturing facility even when they do not handle the chemicals. 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. Here the training is more advanced as they are taught about risk assessment as well as the terms used to refer hazardous materials. The employees are also taught simple ways of containing a spill as well as various types of personal protective equipments.

Third level training for technicians handling hazardous materials.
At this level, the staff to be trained are those that actually get into the spill area and stop the spill from spreading. Hazardous materials technicians need 24 hours of training. 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.

Training the 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. 24 hours of training ir required here where they are taught about the various types of hazardous materials in detail. 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.

Training the Incident commander
Incident commanders receive the highest level of HAZMAT training as they are in charge of all cleanup operations. The amount of hours needed for training varies from facility to facility but they are required at least 24 hours of class training. They need to have intimate knowledge of state and local regulations and know how to implement the facilities emergency response plan. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks

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