Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (FRO)


The objectives of this course are to meet the Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii) for general industry, and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(ii) for construction. This course is also intended to meet any HAZWOPER training requirements for the EPA and State OSHA regulations.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) and 1926.65(e)(3)(i)

First responder operations level. First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. First responders at the operational level shall have received at least eight hours of training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas in addition to those listed for the awareness level and the employer shall so certify:

  • Knowledge of the basic hazard and risk assessment techniques;
  • Knowledge in selection and use of proper personal protective equipment provided to the first responder operational level;
  • An understanding of basic hazardous materials terms;
  • Ability to perform basic control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with their unit;
  • Ability to implement basic decontamination procedures; and
  • An understanding of the relevant standard operating and termination procedures.

Topics Covered

Module 1

  • Introduction to Hazmat Emergency Response
  • Hazmat Emergency Responders
  • Hazardous Materials, Substances and Wastes
  • Recognizing Hazmat Incidents
  • Module 1 Exam

Module 2

  • Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Overview
  • ERG White Pages Qui
  • ERG Yellow-bordered & Blue-bordered Pages
  • ERG Yellow-bordered & Blue-bordered Pages Quiz
  • ERG Orange-bordered Pages
  • ERG Orange-bordered Pages Quiz
  • ERG Green-bordered Pages
  • ERG Green-bordered Pages Quiz
  • Module 2 Exam

Module 3

  • Managing Hazmat Incidents for the FRO
  • Basic Actions for all First Responders
  • Module 3 Exam

Module 4

  • Road Trailer Identification
  • Rail and Other Modes of Transportation
  • Other Hazmat Container Identification
  • Module 4 Exam

Module 5

  • Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Fire Control on a Hazmat Incident
  • FRO Entry Operations at a Hazmat Incident
  • Decontamination and the FRO
  • FRO Mitigation
  • Summary and Conclusion Module 5 Exam

Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations (FRO)


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