DEALING WITH WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS SPILLS
It is important to note that the spill of hazardous materials and chemicals can just happen anywhere. It is always a good thing to train your staff on how to handle chemical and material spills even when the risk of it actually spilling is minimal. According to OSHA, there are five main level of training people about hazardous waste management.
Creating awareness for the first responder
This level involves everyone who enters a facility including personal who don’t usually deal with chemicals including office personal. These employees need four hours of training and they learn the basics about the chemicals in the facility and their risks. The employees are taught how to identify an emergency and who to contact. Basically, the employees are taught how to detect emergency and who to get in touch with quickly.
First Responder Operations
The employees in this level are those that are responsible for keeping spills from spreading as well as keeping away unauthorized people. This level of training requires eight hours for it to be complete. Here the training is more advanced as they are taught about risk assessment as well as the terms used to refer hazardous materials. Other skills taught include how to wear protective equipment and clothing as well as how to contain the spill.
Hazardous Materials Technician
The staff in this level of training are the ones that enter the spill area and prevent the material from spilling. Hazardous materials technicians need 24 hours of training. In this level of training, the techniques for assessing risk are taught further deeper as well as chemical and toxicological hazards. The staff are also taught how to use various survey instruments in order to identify leaking containers, spill control techniques as well as decontamination procedures.
Training the specialist.
the training done in this level is given to the specialist in this field on how to handle hazardous materials and how to communicate this with the relevant authorities. They receive 24 hours of class training including detailed training on chemical, radiological and toxicological hazards. This training delves further to discussing the various decontamination procedures and which is appropriate and for which situation as well as how to perform the procedures not forgetting the various personal protective equipment for various situation.
Training the Incident commander
Incident commanders receive the highest level of HAZMAT training as they are in charge of all cleanup operations. Despite the fact that the amount of time required to do the training may vary from institution to institution, the minimum number of hours required is 24 hours. The commanders are required to have this information at their finger tips as they are required to come up with emergency response plans in case of a spill. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks