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HAZWOPER. Operations Level. Responsibilities. First responders at the operations level must be able to respond to releases of hazardous substances. 1a. Responsibilities. They respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. 1b. Responsibilities.

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hazwoper

HAZWOPER

Operations Level

responsibilities
Responsibilities
  • First responders at the operations level must be able to respond to releases of hazardous substances

1a

responsibilities1
Responsibilities
  • They respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release

1b

responsibilities2
Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Performing the applicable skills of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)
  • Understanding the information provided in 29 CFR 1910.1201

1c

responsibilities3
Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Hands-on experience with relevant sources of information that addresses hazardous substance releases

1d

responsibilities4
Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Analyzing an incident to determine the presence of hazardous substances

1e

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Determining the physical and chemical properties of a substance and its container

1f

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Determining the types of hazardous substance transportation containers involved in a release

1g

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Implementing continuing response actions consistent with the local emergency response plan

1h

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Selecting the proper PPE

1i

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • Personnel and equipment decontamination
  • Understanding the potential hazards of a hazardous release site

1j

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Responsibilities

First responders must be able to demonstrate a competency in:

  • The information provided in NFPA’s standard number 472

1k

training
Training
  • First responders at the operations level must have achieved first responder awareness competency

2a

must have at least 8 hours of training or
Must have at least 8 hours of training, or:
  • Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • Knowledge of selecting PPE
  • An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms

2b

must have at least 8 hours of training or1
Must have at least 8 hours of training, or:
  • Ability to perform basic control, containment, and confinement operations
  • Knowledge of how to implement basic decontamination procedures

2c

must have at least 8 hours of training or2
Must have at least 8 hours of training, or:
  • An understanding of the relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures

2d

types of hazards a first responder may encounter
Types of hazards a first responder may encounter
  • Chemical exposure
  • Fire and explosion
  • Oxygen deficiency
  • Ionizing radiation

3a

types of hazards a first responder may encounter1
Types of hazards a first responder may encounter
  • Biological hazards
  • Safety hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Heat stress

3b

types of hazards a first responder may encounter2
Types of hazards a first responder may encounter
  • Cold exposure
  • Noise
  • Confined space entry hazards

3c

routes for chemical exposure
Routes for chemical exposure
  • The majority of toxic substances enter the body through breathing
  • Other means include absorption, ingestion, and injection

4a

routes for chemical exposure1
Routes for chemical exposure
  • Chemical exposures are divided into two groups:
    • Acute
    • Chronic

4b

routes for chemical exposure2
Routes for chemical exposure
  • Symptoms from acute exposures occur during or shortly after exposure to a high concentration
  • Symptoms from chronic exposures occur over longer periods of time after exposures to low concentrations

4c

personal protective equipment
Personal protective equipment
  • PPE shields and isolates individuals from chemical, physical, and biological hazards

5a

personal protective equipment1
Personal protective equipment
  • Types of PPE include:
    • respiratory equipment
    • protective clothing
    • boots
    • gloves

5b

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Personal protective equipment
  • No single combination of PPE is capable of protecting against all hazards

5c