About This Training
First Responders at the Operations level are trained to respond to hazardous materials emergencies in a defensive fashion. Their primary role is to contain the release from a safe distance, to keep it from spreading, and to prevent exposures to nearby persons, property or the environment.
OSHA requires FROs to be trained in accordance with section (q) of the HAZWOPER regulation. This class has also been referred to as Hazmat FRO, Level II Responder, First Responder Operations, or any combination of these terms.
This training does require annual refresher training, per OSHA, of sufficient content and duration to maintain responder competencies.
What is CSTI-Cal OES Training?
The California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal OES) serve as a critical component in providing emergency training programs to professionals who strive to protect and rescue citizens in harm. Training certification will be granted under California Government Code Section 8574.19-23 and California Code of Regulations Title 19, Sections 2510-2560.
This course will be taught by a CSTI certified outreach instructor who has successfully completed the CSTI course AND a CSTI Instructor Certification Course.
How Long Is This Training?
This training will take a minimum of 16 hours to complete. Our standard 2-day delivery format is two consecutive 8-hour days.
Other options are available for client-hosted classes.
Is This Course Certified?
Each participant who successfully completes this course is issued a state certificate from CSTI/Cal OES. This course also complies with the training requirements for First Responders Operations under Fed-OSHA, Cal-OSHA, and NFPA 472. While a downloadable temporary certificate is available within 24 hours of completion, the certificate from the State of California takes up to 3 weeks for delivery.
How Else Can I Take This Course?
Currently, Safety Unlimited's instructors are only authorized for classroom delivery of this training. Classroom training is offered both through open enrollment or by employers hosting their own on-site training. You can request a quote to have on-site training conducted at your location. The 16-hour CSTI/Cal OES version of this training has not been approved for online course delivery.
Safety Unlimited, Inc. does have an OSHA conformant 8-hour FRO online version of this course, and an OSHA conformant 8-hour FRO classroom version; however, neither of these courses comes with a CSTI/Cal OES certificate.
IACET Continuing Education Credits
Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 16 Contact Hours (1.6 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.
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What Topics Does This Training Cover?
The CSTI 16-Hour First Responder Operations (FRO) classroom course will cover the following topics:
- Hazardous Materials Recognition and Safety
- Safety, Isolation, and Notifications
- Introduction to Incident Command
- Identification, Hazard Assessment, and Action Planning
- Protective Equipment and First Responder Limitations
- Hazmat Release Countermeasures
- Protective Actions
- Decontamination, Disposal, and Documentation
- First Responder Tabletop Exercise
- Final Exam/Course Evaluation