What is an Incident Commander?
An Incident Commander is the person responsible for all aspects of an emergency response including developing incident objectives, managing all incident operations and applying resources as well as being responsible for all persons involved. The Incident Commander must immediately take charge of the event -- The decisions the Incident Commander makes in the first five to ten minutes will dictate the outcome of the event.
The decisions made by the Incident Commander have the potential to change the lives of the people in and around the facility. Therefore, proper and extensive training of not only the Incident Commander, but also the other employees is crucial.
Course: On-Scene Incident Commander Training
Requirement: OSHA 1910.120(q)
Duration: 8 Hours
Description: This course is designed to meet the requirements of OSHA for Incident Commander training of emergency response personnel who will respond to leaks or spills of chemicals for the purpose of stopping the leak or spill. It 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 lead the response teams that respond to spills or leaks must have this training.
Scope: This course covers:
- Incident Command Structure
- The Critical Elements of Incident Response
- Hazard and Risk Assessment
- Transfer of Command
- Emergency Response Plan Review
- Site Security
- Site Management Control
Prerequisite: 24 Hour Emergency Response Team Training
Who should attend:
Your plant should have a minimum of two trained Incident Commanders per shift. The Incident Commanders come from a cross section of personnel generally ranging from members of management, engineering, maintenance, refrigeration, safety and production.
Benefits of Incident Commander Training
Training will empower the Incident Commander to align all involved employees in the event of a hazardous situation. Keeping everyone on the same page during a hazardous situation provides the best chance of getting everyone home safely. All personnel includes not only the employees, but also the contractors, truck drivers and the community that is surrounding your facility.
Additionally, the Incident Commander must be able to understand and interpret the Emergency Response Plan and the Emergency Action Plan that are in place for the facility. These plans dictate what to do, how to proceed and the appropriate time to set the plans in motion.