DEALING WITH WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS SPILLS
Nearly any facility could have an hazardous spill. Even if there is only a small chance that it could occur in your facility, your employees should be trained on what to do in a hazardous spill situation. In case of an hazardous waste spill, there are five main people who are most likely to be affected and that is why OSHA offers five levels of training for these individuals.
First Responder Awareness
The first responder is any person who enters the manufacturing facility even when they do not handle the chemicals. The staff in this level only need four hours of training as they are taught the most basic issues regarding handling chemicals. 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.
Third level training for technicians handling hazardous materials.
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. 24 hours of training is required in order to complete training in this level. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. Decontamination procedures, control techniques for spills as well as ways of identifying plug leaks are taught about at this level of training.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
This level trains the experts on how to handle hazardous materials in the site and how to communicate it with the federal state or government. This training takes 24 hours just like that of the technicians but it is more indepth when it comes to discussing the various types of hazardous material. Here, the specialists learn how to carry out decontamination and how to contain a spill as well as the various personal protective gears available and which one is the most appropriate and for what situation.
The commander training
This individuals are in charge of all the cleanups that happen after a spill and as a result the receive the highest level of training. This commanders are entitled to receive 24 hours of class training even though the hours may vary from institution to institution. They need to have intimate knowledge of state and local regulations and know how to implement the facilities emergency response plan. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks