Hazmat Incident Commanders are trained to respond to hazardous materials emergencies for the purpose of managing the incident beyond that of the First Responder at the Operations Level.
Hazmat Incident Commander Refresher (4 Hour) Option
Many people falsely assume that Hazardous Materials Incident Commander refresher training needs to be a minimum of eight hours in length annually.
This is because the traditional OSHA 8 Hour Refresher Course is required each year for those trained to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER and 24 Hour HAZWOPER levels per section (e) of the OSHA HAZWOPER Regulation.
However, the refresher training requirement for the Hazardous Materials Incident Commander is found in section (q), not section (e), of the HAZWOPER Standard.
Excerpt from 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8)(i)
Those employees who are trained in accordance with paragraph (q)(6) of this section shall receive annual refresher training of sufficient content and duration to maintain their competencies…
By offering shorter 4-hour versions, employers have the ability to have their employees take a 4-hour version twice a year for a total of 8 hours of annual refresher training if that is the goal.
This benefits the employee since it shortens the time frame between refresher training sessions to 6 months rather than 12 months.
Many employers go as far as conducting a 4-hour refresher session every three months to keep their Hazmat Incident Commanders at a high level of readiness.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
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).
IACET Continuing Education Credits
Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
About This Course
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.
This fully narrated course is built in a linear fashion – allowing you to navigate straight through the course without switching pages or searching for the right link or tab to continue – for an easy path to completion and certification. Interactions, exercises, and knowledge checks are also provided to aid the learning experience. Students must answer each knowledge check and complete each interaction in order to proceed. Knowledge checks and interactions are intended to help prepare students for the final exam.
This course has 1 final exam. The student must complete the course section before attempting the exam. The final exam consists of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.
The objective of our online OSHA 4 Hour Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Level V Responder Refresher training is to meet the OSHA HAZWOPER refresher training requirement of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(8) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(8).
This course is also intended to meet any OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.
Terminal Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe the role of a Hazmat Incident Commander;
- Identify the primary features of the Incident Command System;
- Explain the difference between the Command Staff and General Staff;
- List common functional group leaders in ICS;
- Explain the positions in the Hazmat Group;
- Describe Incident Command as it relates to the Private Facility Response; and
- Describe a Hazmat Incident from start to finish.
When required by OSHA standards, workers must receive additional training on the specific hazards of their job. Training providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program.
In addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training provided by his or her employer. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. Safety Unlimited, Inc. urges follow-up, on-site specific equipment training with the actual equipment that will be used as part of the student's role as an emergency responder. As a rule, this company specific training should be well documented.
The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure their employees are trained adequately to do their job.