OSHA First Responder Operations Training (8 Hour)

OSHA First Responder Operations Training (8 Hour)

Course Number: 1249

This course provides certification to the First Responder Operations (FRO) level, which is the most popular level of chemical response certification around the country. It fulfills your OSHA training requirement under 29 CFR 1910.120(q) for either the initial or annual refresher training requirement.

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TITLE: OSHA First Responder Operations (FRO)
TIME TO COMPLETE: Approximately 8 hours
CONTINUING EDUCATION: 0.8 CEUs, 8 contact hours

Does your job involve responding to chemical emergencies?

Are you or do you have the potential to be the first person on scene during an emergency?

Our OSHA First Responder Operations course provides training and certification to the OSHA First Responder Operations (FRO) level, which is the most popular level of chemical response certification around the country. It fulfills your OSHA training requirement under 29 CFR 1910.120(q) for either the initial or annual refresher training requirement. Take the course in your spare time. Pace yourself. Receive 0.8 CEUs and a certificate. Fullfill your OSHA First Responder Operations training obligation. You may read about your primary instructor’s qualifications here.

“I liked the organization, content, presentation of information and ease and efficiency of program.” – Edwards AFB, CA

This course has been approved for eight (8) hours of continuing education by the Contra Costa County Health Services and will be accepted for emergency medical personnel throughout California. CE provider number 07-0027.


Need 40 Hour, 24 Hour, 16 or 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training in the California Bay Area?  Check out SCM's schedule for onsite courses.

Need 40 Hour, 24 Hour, 16 or 8 Hour HAZWOPER Training in the California Bay Area? Check out SCM’s schedule for onsite courses.

Does your job require you to be involved in emergency response to incidents where hazardous materials or chemicals are involved? If so, OSHA requires that you take one of five levels of training. At the OSHA First Responder Operations level, you take defensive actions to help limit the effects of a spill, such as operating remote valves or laying down barriers to prevent the material from entering storm drains. You do not contact the material.

Our online OSHA First Responder Operations course discusses all of the concepts of response, safety, hazard and risk assessment, and actions that can be taken by those with this level of certification. Some jobs that frequently require this training are Police Officer, Firefighter, Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Public Works employee, or facility Emergency Response Team members.

Throughout your online OSHA Incident Commander training course you will receive feedback from Safety Compliance Management (SCM) talented Remote Instructors™ who are available to answer your questions and apply the material to your job, making it even more relevant.  Looking for hands-on, customized OSHA First Responder or Incident Commander Training in the San Francisco Bay Area?  SCM has you covered.  Safety Compliance Management, Inc., have taught major corporations, governmental agencies, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) and authored one of the most relevant textbooks on the subject of hazardous materials response.  SCM’s experience, in both working in and with a variety of industries dealing with occupational safety and other topics, makes them uniquely qualified to discuss OSHA First Responder training requirements and qualified to develop a OSHA First Responder training program to address hazardous materials (HAZMAT) at your Silicon Valley, or Bay Area (i.e. San Jose, Oakland) site.

Please note that certain public service positions require certification to standards beyond OSHA. Examples are some jurisdictions requiring ProBoard accredited training or CSTI (California Specialized Training Institute) certification. This is frequently the case for firefighters and our course does not meet ProBoard or CSTI requirements, just OSHA’s. It’s best to check with your local training coordinator to determine your specific training needs in these cases.


The structure and objectives of this online training course are centered around the requirements outlined in the HAZWOPER regulation. Each unit is based on one or more of the following requirements.

Upon completion of this program, the participants will have demonstrated the following:

  1. An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(A)
  2. An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(B)
  3. The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(C)
  4. The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(D)
  5. What to do in a suspicious situation.
  6. Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(A)
  7. Know how to select and use proper PPE provided to the first responder operational level. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(B)
  8. An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(C)
  9. Know how to perform basic control, containment, and/or confinement operations and rescue injured or contaminated persons within the capabilities of the resources and PPE available with their unit. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(D)
  10. Know how to implement basic equipment, victim, and rescue personnel decontamination procedures. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(E)
  11. An understanding of the relevant standard operating procedures and termination procedures. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(F)

As a first responder you may be called upon by your employer for advice on handling a suspicious package or object. In this course you will learn about how to use SIN to deal with the situation.


Students may have to complete review questions at the end of each section, and a final test via electronic format. You will need a computer with Internet access and an email account. No text is required; all course materials are available online. The course will take approximately 8 hours to complete.


Passing this course requires completing the final test with a grade of 75% or better. If you do not receive a grade of at least 75% on the final quiz, you may retake the quiz up to a total of three (3) times.


The course is designed to be self-paced. You may stay enrolled in this 8 hour class for up to two months. After that , you will need to re-enroll. Upon successful completion of the course, we will verify your work, and you will receive a pdf certificate right away.


You may submit, at any time of day or night, an electronic registration form to take this course. Once you have registered and paid your fees, you will be issued a receipt from our payment processor, followed within minutes by an email with login/password instructions for entry into the course.