8 Hour First Responder Operations Level

Course: First Responder Operations Level Training

Requirement: OSHA 1910.120(q)

Duration: 8 Hourspics_hazmat7

Description: This course is designed to meet the requirements of OSHA for training of first responder operations level personnel who will respond defensively to leaks for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. This course is specifically aimed at ammonia users, but will relate to many other chemicals. It can be tailored to other specific chemicals in your workplace. OSHA requires that all personnel who are expected to respond in this fashion to spills or leaks must have this training.

Scope: This course covers:

  • Procedures for handling emergency responses defensively
  • Written emergency response plans and procedures
  • Hazards confronting responders
  • Material Safety Data Sheets and Terms
  • Health effects of Ammonia and other chemicals
  • How to prepare for emergencies and identify risks
  • How to decontaminate responders and clean up ammonia spills
  • Air Purifying Respirators
  • Conducting mock scenarios with operations level employees


Who should attend:

Members of management, engineering, maintenance, refrigeration, safety, production, human resources and security. A good cross section can contribute greatly to the overall effectiveness of any emergency response team.


First Responder Operations Level Training
1 Day Course Schedule
Hazards That May Confront First Responders
  • Health
  • Physical
  • Routes of Entry


Hazard Communications
  • MSDS and toxicological terms
  • Material Safety Data Sheet



Anhydrous Ammonia
  • Health Hazards
  • Physiological Effects of Ammonia
  • First Aid
  • Reactivity of Ammonia
  • Fire Hazards of Ammonia
Ammonia Spill ocedures
  • Ventilation
  • Absorption
  • Neutralization
  • Reactivity of Ammonia
  • Decontamination
Description of an Ammonia Spill and Notification
  • Interaction with outside agencies and parties




Respiratory Protection
  • Importance
  • Areas of Respiratory Hazards
  • OSHA Respirator Regulations
  • Respirator Types
  • Fit testing if necessary


Preparing for an Emergency
  • Before
  • During
  • After
  • Emergency Action/OSHA regulations
  • Written Emergency Action Plan
  • Exits, Alarms
  • Written Fire Prevention Plans
Ammonia Spill Procedures
  • Ventilation
  • Absorption
  • Neutralization
  • Reactivity of Ammonia
  • Decontamination


Scenarios are planned that will simulate conditions indicating that a spill or leak has occurred. The personnel will assess the situation and determine what emergency equipment they will need to defensively stop the leak. Critiques will then be held to look for weaknesses or changes that should be made in future scenarios. All personnel will be given the opportunity to wear the air purifying respirators in practice

At the end of the class the attendees will be required to take an examination and upon satisfactory passing, will be awarded a certificate and a first responder operations level identification wallet card to be used when responding to actual spills.

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