DEALING WITH WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS SPILLS
Hazardous spills can occur in almost any facility. It is always a good thing to train your staff on how to handle chemical and material spills even when the risk of it actually spilling is minimal. According to OSHA, there are five main level of training people about hazardous waste management.
Awareness for first responder.
The first level of training mainly involves those people that come to the factory but do not handle the chemical components. The staff in this level only need four hours of training as they are taught the most basic issues regarding handling chemicals. They are also taught how to recognize a hazmat emergency and who to contact.
First Responder Operations
the first responder of operations is responsible for keeping unauthorized people away from the spills as well as preventing it from spreading. The amount of hours required for training this staff is mainly eight hours. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. Also they learn personal protective equipment use, simple control and containment operations and how to implement basic decontamination procedures.
Third level training for technicians handling hazardous materials.
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. The amount of hours required to train this staff also increases in that it is 24 hours. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. They also learn use of field survey instruments to identify hazardous materials, spill control techniques, plug leaking containers and complex decontamination procedures.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
Hazardous materials specialists are experts on how to handle all of the hazardous materials in your site and they work with federal, state, local and other Government officials if necessary. 24 hours of training ir required here where they are taught about the various types of hazardous materials in detail. 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.
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. The amount of hours needed for training varies from facility to facility but they are required at least 24 hours of class training. They need to have intimate knowledge of state and local regulations and know how to implement the facilities emergency response plan. Those trained in this level should be experts in medical risks as well as decontamination experts.