Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician

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40 Hours


This 40-hour course is designed to provide the knowledge and expertise needed for responding to releases of hazardous materials above and beyond the level of defensive containment. Students will be instructed in methods and practices of identification of hazards and procedures for taking aggressive action to control the hazards by stopping the release and cleaning up the material.

Course Material & Exercises

  • SafetyGENI™ Class Manual
  • North American Emergency Response GuideBook
  • Overhead presentation
  • Videos
  • Exams (pre- and post-)
  • Charts (Labeling, Placarding, & Periodic Elements)
  • Field exercises - Full Dressout and Emergency Response Simulation

Personal Protective Equipment

Each student will need the following for the Dressout Exercises on the final day:

  • Level A Suit (preferred), OR
  • Level B Suit (minimum)
  • Evidence of completion of SCBA Training & Mask Fit Tests


  • Orientation, Administration and Course Overview
  • Regulatory Overview
  • Accepted Safety Practices
  • Emergency Response Planning
  • Site Control Concepts
  • Incident Command System
  • Recognition and Identification of Hazardous Materials
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Medical Surveillance Program
  • Reference Sources for Hazardous Materials
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Medical Considerations for Wearing Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Monitoring Equipment and Detection Devices
  • Confined Space Considerations
  • Hazard and Risk Assessment
  • Offensive and Defensive Control Options for Hazardous Materials Releases
  • Decontamination
  • Rescue Considerations
  • Incident Termination
  • Introduction to Scenario
  • Emergency Response Plan
  • Emergency Hand Signals
  • Glossary of Hazardous Materials Terms
  • Table of Placards and Labels


Training shall be based on the duties and functions to be performed by each responder in an emergency response organization. The skill and knowledge levels required for all responders shall be conveyed to them through training before they are permitted to take part in actual emergency operations on an incident. Employees who participate, or are expected to participate, in emergency response, shall be given training in accordance with 29CFR- 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) [CalOSHA is 8CCR§5192(q)(6)(C)].

Other Information

At the conclusion of the course the student may receive state certification for the First Responder Hazardous Materials Technician course through the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI). There is an additional charge of $10.00 per student for the certificate.