118-01 HAZWOPER Regulation Overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss an overview of federal acts and regulatory bodies that protect workers who deal with hazardous materials. In addition, you will have a basic understanding of terminology and numbering used to outline a typical regulation. This lesson references OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulation 29 CFR 1910 (Subpart H section 120 with appendices, and section 1200 with appendices).

  • Describe some of the justification behind the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
  • Interpret the breakdown of a standard regulation citation
  • Discuss the origin and overall purpose of each of the following:
    • OSHA
    • NIOSH (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
    • OSHRC (The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission)
    • HAZWOPER regulations
    • RCRA (The Resource and Recovery Act)
    • CERCLA (The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980)

118-02 Site Characterization and Analysis

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe how site characterization and analysis is used to protect the lives of employees and ensure a safe working environment at sites containing hazardous substances.

  • Identify the type of information documented in the site plan and its purpose
  • Describe the basic levels of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Discuss air monitoring measures
  • Identify the main components of a hazardous communications (HAZCOM) program
  • Explain the three primary steps in risk identification
  • Discuss the safety responsibilities of employees who work around hazardous materials
  • Compare the attributes of the hot, warm, and cold zones in a site control program

118-03 Toxicology

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain the potential health effects of exposure to various toxic substances.

  • Discuss the distinction between a hazardous substance and a toxic one
  • Describe how toxic chemicals are classified
  • Discuss routes of entry into the body
  • Compare toxic effects of chemicals
  • Explain different exposure levels when dealing with toxic substances

118-04 Medical Surveillance

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe the design and function of a medical surveillance program.

  • Discuss the purpose of the medical surveillance program
  • Identify a medical surveillance program’s main components
  • Explain the use of pre-entry and post-entry evaluations
  • Describe effective record keeping procedures

118-05 Decontamination

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss principles of decontamination and describe activities performed in a standard decontamination corridor.

  • Explain the purpose of decontamination and identify the priorities underlying the process
  • Describe basic methods of decontamination
  • Explain how the establishment of hot, warm, and cold zones facilitates decontamination
  • Identify the decontamination steps implemented in a basic, six-step decon line
  • Discuss the appropriate use of emergency decontamination procedures

118-06 Emergency Procedures

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss the purpose and scope of an emergency response plan. You will also understand the roles and responsibilities of those individuals responding to a hazardous materials release.

  • Discuss the lines of authority used during an emergency response
  • Identify levels of personal protective equipment
  • Explain the difference between emergency and full decontamination procedures
  • Compare levels of training required for emergency response