The role of trained awareness level responders, who are "first on the scene" at a hazardous materials incident, is to protect life and property and to minimize environmental impact. To accomplish this crucial task, those First Responders (FRA) on the scene must:
Essential attitudes for responders "first on the scene," who have been trained at the awareness level:
Hazardous materials emergencies are different. These:
The study of hazardous materials incidents is basically the study of container failure. Properly contained hazardous materials present nearly no threat to either people, property or the environment. These incidents start with the release of a material hazardous to people, property or the environment. These incidents end when the public is protected from the effects of the release.
OSHA Mandated Training Levels
Federal and State OSHA mandate for hazardous materials responders is in 29 CFR 1910.120. http://www.osha-slc.gov/OshStd_data/1910_0120.html Community-based hazardous materials emergency responders are divided by OSHA into five levels: