HAZWOPER: Awareness Level Training
29 CFR 1910.120(q)


What Is HAZWOPER?

Hazardous Waste Operations
and Emergency Response,
Required for facilities storing and
using hazardous chemicals.
Defines emergency response procedures.

HAZWOPER Basics:
Even a small spill can be dangerous.
Fires, explosions, and contamination can result.
Everyone must understand potential spill
hazards and their role in an emergency.
Only workers trained to "operations level
and above can clean up spills.

The purpose of this training to train
employees to the "awareness level".


Levels of Training:
First responder: awareness level.
First responder: operations level.
Hazardous materials technician.
Hazardous materials specialist.
Incident commander.


Emergency Response Plan:
Should consist of;
Pre-emergency planning and training,
Emergency recognition,
Evacuation procedures,
Emergency alerting and response,
PPE and emergency equipment,
Decontamination and medical evaluation.

Currently ATU
has an Emergency
Respnse Plan and program
started.
The incident command and communications
center is located in Dean 102.
  The full response organization
is not in place as of yet.

Response Organization:
The only personnel currently authorized
to set up an incident command at
ATU is the Russellville fire department.

They will respond, assume control,
activate the Pope county OEM if needed.
OEM & fire department will decide
if FEMA needs to be activated.

ATU has an Emergency Management
degree program, they are developing
the emergency response organization
and commencing training of
operations level  and technician level
response personnel,
but as to date do not have a
  full compliment of first responders
trained and ready to fully implement
the incident command structure needed
to be ready for campus wide responses.

Awareness Level Role:
An awareness level employee is NOT
to attempt to
contain the spill,
stop the leak,  clean up the spill,
or decontaminate people or property!

These roles are to be completed only
by operations and technician level
trained personnel only.

As an awareness level employee, you should
be able to recognize that a chemical release
has occurred or is occurring,
attempt to determine its identity,
and know how to protect yourself and others,
  know how to get assistance, and
be able to secure the area.

Hazardous Substance:
Includes pure or mixed chemicals
and hazardous wastes,
can cause potential health hazards,
and could damage the environment.


Recognizing Chemical Substances:
Should have danger, caution, warning signs,
NFPA or HMIS labels, or MSDS's
.

Recognizing a Chemical Release:
Common sensory signs are your best indication;
Spotting a pool
of unusual substance or dripping liquid,
noticing an unusual smell or sound.

Types of Chemicals:
Flammable, explosive, reactive,
corrosive, and toxic.


Dangers of a Release:
Releases could be flammable liquids or gases,
could cause a toxic cloud, or cause a
reaction with nearby chemicals.
As a minimum, they can be irritants.


Chemical Exposure:
Can be by skin or eye contact,
inhalation, or swallowing.
Avoid or minimize contact
and evacuate immediately.


Recognizing a Chemical Release:
Dripping liquid or pool of substance,
unusual smell, unusual sound.

Non-Hazardous Spills:
Those that are incidental or small and
can be handled by the employees
in the immediate area of the spill.

Always ask for help if you’re unsure.


Identifying the Chemical:
Is the container labeled?
What does it smell like?
Is it a liquid, gas, or solid?
Where is it coming from?
What color is it?
Use common sense.


Protect Yourself and Others:
Report the release to others
in the immediate area and retreat
to a safe distance, place of refuge,
or evacuation assembly area.


Reporting the Spill:
Notify emergency response personnel.
Provide them with the following info:
Location of release.
Identity and quantity of spilled material.
Evacuation status.
Ask them for any special instructions.

Secure the Area:
Keep people a safe distance from the spill.
Use caution tape, rope, cones, etc.
Stand guard of the controlled area.

Spill Prevention:
Understand chemical hazards.
Follow safe storage and handling procedures.
Read and follow the instructions on
labels and material safety data sheets.
Don’t store or use chemicals in unlabeled containers.
Inspect chemical containers for damage or leaks.
Don’t handle or open chemical containers without
appropiate personnel protective equipment (PPE).
Don’t leave containers open.
Report potential hazards to your supervisor.

Summary:
HAZWOPER is for facilities storing
or using hazardous chemicals.
Practice spill prevention techniques.
Recognize the chemicals used at
your facility and know their hazards.
Awareness Level personnel must:
Recognize a spill or release.
Know how to initiate a response
.


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