OSHA First Responder Operations Training (8 Hour)
Who Should Take This Class?
Does your job require you to be involved in emergency response to incidents where hazardous materials or chemicals are involved? Are you or do you have the potential to be the first person on scene during an emergency? 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 training 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.
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.
Industries That Require This Course
Our first responder operations course trains workers to respond appropriately in emergency situations involving hazardous substances. With operations-level certification, responders can take action to help contain a spill, protecting the public, other workers and the environment. Hazardous material spills can happen in a wide range of industries, so there is demand for first responders with these capabilities.
You may require a first responder operational certificate if you respond to emergency situations or work for a company that generates hazardous waste or utilizes hazardous materials. Just a few of the industries that can benefit from first responder training include:
- Law enforcement
- Public works
- Oil refining
- Hazardous materials handling
- Hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal
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:
- 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)
- 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)
- The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(C)
- The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(i)(D)
- An understanding of what to do in a suspicious situation.
- Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(A)
- Knowledge of how to select and use proper PPE provided to the first responder operational level. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(B)
- An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(C)
- Knowledge of 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)
- Knowledge of how to implement basic equipment, victim, and rescue personnel decontamination procedures. 29 CFR, Part 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)(E)
- 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 also learn how to use the acronym SIN to deal with the situation.
What Regulations Does This Course Satisfy?
Your OSHA First Responder training 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.
Our online course for first responder operations level covers all the topics required by OSHA. It also encompasses the topics covered during first responder awareness training. When you enroll in this course, you can expect to learn about what hazardous substances are, how to recognize them and how to react in an emergency situation. You will also learn about personal protective equipment (PPE), basic control, containment and rescue strategies, and decontamination procedures.
“I liked the organization, content, presentation of information and ease and efficiency of program.” – Edwards AFB, CA
Levels of Training
OSHA divides training for first responders into five levels — awareness, operations, technician, specialist and on-scene incident commander. At the operations level, individuals are authorized to select appropriate PPE, perform basic control and containment operations and use basic decontamination procedures.
While operations-level responders can take action to minimize damage from a safe distance, they are not expected or authorized to come into direct contact with the hazardous substance. To completely stop and clean up spills, you will require a higher level of training.
Students will have to go through all modules in order to unlock the final exam at the end of the course. You will need a computer or iPad 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, but you can come and go as you need.
This course has no prerequisites. You can complete it successfully regardless of your current position or past training experiences.
Passing this course requires completing the multiple choice or true/false exam 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.
Course Schedule and Deadlines
The course is designed to be self-paced. You will have 60 days to complete it and can come and go as you need. After two months, you will need to re-enroll. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a pdf certificate right away.
Accreditation, Certification and CEUs
After successful completion of the first responder operations level test, you will receive documentation of training that you can present to state or federal authorities as needed. In addition to a first responders operational certificate, you may also receive 0.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or eight contact hours to count toward continuing education.
Why Choose Hazmat School?
First responder operations training ensures workers have the skills they need to prevent harm in emergency situations. At Hazmat School, we make our online first responder operations course both convenient and affordable. The course materials are available 100% online and experienced remote instructors are available 24/7 so students can learn at their own pace. To help ensure you and your team members receive the training you need, we offer discounts for groups and government employees.
OSHA first responder training may be mandatory, but you can still choose which training course to take! Get started at Hazmat School by registering for this operations-level course today. You can also contact us for more information about corporate accounts and our other training options.