24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Level III Responder - 16 Hours Online

OSHA Hazmat Emergency Responder per 29 CFR 1910.120(q) & 1926.65(q)

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OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER Courses — Know the difference.

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.

Our Online OSHA 24 Hour Hazmat Technician training is Revolutionary…

Custom Animations

Students are shown a complete animated video series depicting an entire hazmat emergency from incident notification to termination.

Video Demonstrations

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.

Online Interactive Tabletop Exercise™

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.

HAZMAT Equipment Training

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.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure their employees are trained adequately to do their job.

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Course Objectives

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.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii):

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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe laws and regulations that apply to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Describe the training requirements for the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Explain the importance of an effective Emergency Response Plan;
  • List the components of an effective Medical Surveillance Program;
  • Implement the Incident Command System as part of an emergency response;
  • Reference the DOT-Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) as guidance for initial actions at the scene of a hazardous materials incident;
  • Perform effective scene size up during hazardous materials emergency response;
  • Recognize hazardous materials incidents and research their hazards utilizing various reference sources;
  • Understand basic toxicology principles and how they relate to chemical exposure;
  • Select and utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Understand medical considerations of wearing Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC);
  • Understand decontamination methods and the principles of decontamination;
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties of hazardous substances;
  • Understand the importance of a Site Specific Safety Plan;
  • Perform hazardous substance spill and containment and control techniques;
  • Understand the detection and monitoring tools available to the Hazmat Emergency Responder; and
  • Describe incident termination procedures and Post Incident Analysis techniques.

Course Outline

Following the completion of all training content and achievement of passing scores on all exams, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.

Our Online 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Course is broken down into three 8 Hour Parts:

Part 1 – First Responder Operations - FRO (Completed Online)

Taken prior with adequate verifiable documentation to show currently refreshed.

Part 2 – Transitioning from a FRO to a Hazmat Technician (Completed Online)

Course Modules, Sections and Exams
Module Section Course Title
Module 1
1 Introduction to Part 2 The Hazardous Materials Technician
2 Regulatory Requirements for the Hazmat Technician
3 Medical Surveillance and the Hazmat Technician
4 Emergency Response Planning
Module 1 Exam
Module 2
5 Hazmat Incident Command and the Public Sector Response
6 Hazmat Group Functional Leaders
7 Additional ICS Hazmat Group Positions
8 Hazmat Incident Command and the Private Facility Response
Module 2 Exam
Module 3
9 Hazardous Materials Referencing
10 Introduction to Toxicology
11 Toxicology Exposures and Effects
12 Exposure Standards and Guidelines
13 Physical and Chemical Properties
Module 3 Exam
Module 4
14 Site Control
15 Incident Safety
16 Hazard and Risk Assessment
17 Hazmat Technician Mitigation Techniques
18 Hazmat Technician Decontamination
19 Special Considerations
Module 4 Exam
Module 5
20 Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 1
21 Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 2
22 Summary and Conclusion for Part 2

Part 3 – Responder Equipment and Online Tabletop Exercise™. (Day 3 of 3)

Course Modules, Sections and Exams
Module Section Course Title
Module 1
1 Introduction to Part 3
2 Introduction to Respiratory Protection
3 Types of Respiratory Protection
4 Respirator Video Clips
Module 1 Exam
Module 2
5 Chemical Protective Clothing Overview
6 Medical Considerations for Chemical Protective Clothing
7 Chemical Protective Clothing Program
8 Chemical Protective Clothing Selection
9 Chemical Protective Clothing Classifications
10 Donning Chemical Protective Clothing
11 Doffing Chemical Protective Clothing
12 Decontaminating Chemical Protective Clothing
13 Inspection and Maintenance of Protective Clothing
14 Training and Monitoring for Protective Clothing
15 Level A Video Section
16 Level B Video Section
17 Other Protective Equipment Video Clips
Module 2 Exam
Module 3
18 Gas Detection Basics
19 Preventing Sparks
20 Sensor Technology
21 Types of Gas Detection Systems
22 Colorimetric Tubes and Diffusion Tubes
23 Flammability and CGIs (Combustible Gas Indicators)
24 PIDs and FIDs
25 Other Detection Devices
26 Monitoring and Detection Video Clips
27 Miscellaneous Tools Equipment Video Clips
Module 3 Exam
Module 4
28 Scenario & Exercise
29 Summary and Conclusion


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).

Continuing Education Credits

Per the California Department of Public Health, this course is approved for 16 Contact Hours (1.6 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).

Course Options

Online/Blended Versions

The Safety Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Hazmat Technician training is divided into the following three 8 hour parts.

  • Part 1 – First Responder Operations or FRO training;
  • Part 2 – Transitioning from an FRO to a Hazardous Materials Technician; and
  • Part 3 – Equipment familiarization and scenario exercise.

Options for taking these three parts include:

* FRO certification must be refreshed within the past year.

Classroom Options

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.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure their employees are trained adequately to do their job.

Volume Pricing

To learn more about our volume discounts for this training, visit our Volume Pricing page. We also offer an easy way to Enroll Multiple Students.

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Frequently Asked Questions About This Course

If you do not find your question here, we do have more FAQs

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.

For those who have a current, verifiable, First Responder Operation (FRO) certification (must be refreshed within the past year), we do offer a 16 Hour Version that will result in a 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Certification.

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

For those students who received their OSHA 24 hour HAZWOPER certification with Safety Unlimited, Inc., and require this training, we have special pricing.

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.

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 16 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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24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Prior FRO - Version

Please know this version is ONLY for those students who have been previously trained to the First Responder Operations (FRO) level and CAN PROVIDE verifiable documentation showing proof of FRO training that has been refreshed within the past year.

For those students who do not have a currently refreshed FRO certification, we offer the entire 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Training Online.