Hazardous Materials First Responder, Awareness Level
Compliance Reference: T8 CCR 5192 and 29 CFR
(A) First Responder, Awareness Level (FRA):
First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely
to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been
trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the
proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action
beyond notifying the authorities of the release. First responders at the
awareness level shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient
experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas:
1. An understanding of what
hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an
2. An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an
emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
3. The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in
4. The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible.
5. An understanding of the role of the first responder awareness
individual in the employer's emergency response plan (including site
security and control), and the U. S. Department of Transportation's
Emergency Response Guidebook.
6. The ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to
make appropriate notifications to the communication center.
Duration of Course: Self-paced online
course composed of eight video lectures of 30 60 minutes duration,
each followed by a 25-question quiz with questions typical of those on
the State certification exam (200 total sample questions and answers).
Total course duration is approximately 8 hours.
Duration of Course: 8 hours Curriculum is based
on the California Specialized Training Institute
The goal of this course is to provide the essential information for
individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance
release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response
sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release.
Course Objectives: At the completion of this
training session, the participants will be acquainted with the following
Introduction to Hazardous
Material at the FRA Level.
SAFE Acronym Theme
DOT Haz Mat Classes and Examples
Multiple Hazards and Health Effects of Each Class
Common and Typical Hazardous Materials
Pertinent Authorities and Regulations
Hazardous Materials Recognition and Safety
Signs, Markings, Placards, Labels, Shipping, and MSDS.
Safety, Isolation and Notifications (SIN)
Basic Command, IDHA and Action Plans (IA)
DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
Other Reference Guides
Key Physical and Chemical Terms