OSHA Hazmat Emergency Responder per 29 CFR 1910.120(q) & 1926.65(q)
Did you know there are FIVE 24-Hour HAZWOPER courses required by the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.120?
Each of these courses is very different in both to whom they apply and the topics that are covered during the training.Learn which course is right for you.
Hazardous Materials Technicians are trained to respond to hazardous materials emergencies in an offensive fashion. Their primary role is to stop or control a spill or release by approaching the point of the release using specialized personal protective equipment (PPE).
When they respond to chemical spills, Hazmat Technicians are typically members of Hazmat Teams, often referred to as Spill Response Teams or Emergency Response Teams.
OSHA requires Hazardous Materials Technicians to have a minimum of 24 hours of training in accordance with section (q) of the HAZWOPER regulation. This training is also referred to as Hazmat Tech, Level III Responder, Industry Tech, or any combination of these terms.
Per OSHA, this training requires annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain responder competencies.
Students are shown a complete animated video series depicting an entire hazmat emergency from incident notification to termination.
Instead of in-person hands-on training, students are shown over 50 short video clips as if they were at one of our 8-hour hands-on sessions. These video clips are required viewing by each participant, and demonstrate Hazmat Response equipment in great detail.
Students participate in an Online Interactive Tabletop Exercise™ via our groundbreaking Tabletop Exercise Simulator™. In this exercise scenario, students play the role of a Hazmat Emergency Responder trained to the Hazmat Technician level, allowing the student to play a major role in the decision-making during the response.
Because students complete the OSHA 24 Hour Hazmat Technician training course entirely online, Safety Unlimited, Inc. urges follow-up, on-site specific equipment training with the actual equipment that will be used as part of their role as an emergency responder. In fact, this is required even if a student attends one of our California certified courses or Fed-OSHA Classroom Hazmat Technician courses.
For those who prefer hands-on training as part of their initial training, we also offer the OSHA 24 Hour Hazmat Technician Blended version of this course that offers 16 hours of online training and includes 8 hours of hands-on equipment training.
This course is taken entirely online from any computer that has high speed internet and meets our System Requirements. No classroom to attend; no travel required.
There's no need to take the training in a single sitting. Start and stop as often as you want. Our system will track your progress, allowing you to resume your training where you left when you log in.
Have questions about the course? Contact an instructor by email or through our Instructor Hotline. You can expect to receive a response within an hour during business hours and are guaranteed a response within 24 hours.
Take up to six months to complete your 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Level III Responder - Online training.
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The objectives of our OSHA 24 Hour Hazmat Technician are to meet the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii) for construction. This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.
Hazardous materials technician. Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Hazardous materials technicians shall have received at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas and the employer shall so certify:
- Know how to implement the employer's emergency response plan.
- Know the classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment.
- Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System.
- Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician.
- Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques.
- Be able to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit.
- Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
- Understand termination procedures.
- Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
This OSHA accepted training is brought to you by a team of OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii).
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Per the California Department of Public Health, this course is approved for 24 Contact Hours (2.4 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE). While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit (Public Health Accreditation #044).
The Safety Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Hazmat Technician training is divided into the following three 8 hour parts.
Options for taking these three parts include:
We offer a Federal Classroom Version, a California State Certified Classroom Version, and an OSHA 24-Hour HAZMAT Technician Blended with 16 hours of online training coupled with 8 hours of hands-on training.
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Yes. While the initial training can be taken entirely online, to become a Hazardous Materials Technician OSHA requires employees to be trained on how to use any protective equipment that they need as part of their job prior to using that equipment during an emergency response. This is the case whether the student takes the course online or takes the course in a classroom setting.
The OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER training is intended for cleanup operations under section (e) of the HAZWOPER Regulation, while 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician training is a Level III Emergency Responder Training level intended for those that respond to hazardous materials releases as part of a HAZMAT team trained under section (q) of the HAZWOPER Regulation
Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training.
This course will take around 24 hours to complete.
Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.
No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. If you need to leave the computer for an extended amount of time you can click the Save Progress and Return to Course Outline link provided in the upper-right corner of the course to save your progress in the course.
Yes, you can take this course by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer needs to meet our Basic System Requirements for viewing our online courses.
Yes, once you have completed the course you will be able to download, save, or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.
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Yes, in addition to the pdf certificate, this course also comes with a PVC wallet ID card with optional photo. ID cards are mailed from our Main Office in Southern California via U.S. Postal Service to anywhere in the United States. Addresses outside the U.S. may incur additional postage fees. Wallet ID cards are created and mailed either the same or next business day, depending on what time the course is completed. Please allow for appropriate mail time, as this may vary by location.
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