SAFETY FOR ALL EMPLOYEES, OSHA TRAINING
It is important to note that the spill of hazardous materials and chemicals can just happen anywhere. 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. OSHA defines five levels of training in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response regulation.
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. The staff in this level only need four hours of training as they are taught the most basic issues regarding handling chemicals. The employees are taught how to identify an emergency and who to contact. Basically, the employees are taught how to detect emergency and who to get in touch with quickly.
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. This level of training requires eight hours for it to be complete. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. The employees are also taught simple ways of containing a spill as well as various types of personal protective equipments.
Hazardous Materials Technician
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. The amount of hours required to train this staff also increases in that it is 24 hours. In this level of training, the techniques for assessing risk are taught further deeper as well as chemical and toxicological hazards. The staff are also taught how to use various survey instruments in order to identify leaking containers, spill control techniques as well as decontamination procedures.
the fourth level of training specialist in hazardous
the training done in this level is given to the specialist in this field on how to handle hazardous materials and how to communicate this with the relevant authorities. 24 hours of training ir required here where they are taught about the various types of hazardous materials in detail. They learn PPE for unique situations, how to determine what type of decontamination procedure to use and how to perform specialized containment operations.
Training the Incident commander
the incident commander is the one in charge of all the incidents that occur in the organization and as a result are entitled to receive the highest level of training. 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. They need to have intimate knowledge of state and local regulations and know how to implement the facilities emergency response plan. Those trained in this level should be experts in medical risks as well as decontamination experts.