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First responder operations level. First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. First responders at the operational level shall have received at least eight hours of training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas in addition to those listed for the awareness level and the employer shall so certify:
Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques;
Knowledge in selection and use of proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level;
An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms;
Ability to perform basic control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit;
Ability to implement basic decontamination procedures; and
An understanding of the relevant standard operating and termination procedures.
Hazmat Awareness Certification
Successful completion of pre-course work.
Must be physically fit