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Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices R0229

Curriculum: Hazardous Materials
Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type
10-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 5 semester hours in fire science, public safety management, emergency management, public administration, or occupational health and safety.

This 10-day course focuses on the relationship of incident priorities, strategies and tactics as they relate to implementing safe procedures for alleviating the risk at an accidental or intentional hazardous materials incident.

This course concentrates on integrating risk-based decision-making and knowledge about hazardous materials chemistry, storage, transportation and release scenarios with information about local response plans and systems.

Course participants apply the knowledge and skills gained from the course through risk-based decision-making activities.

Subjects covered include:

  • Regulations and standards as they apply to hazmat teams.
  • Hazard interpretation.
  • Damage assessment.
  • Site characterization.
  • Use and interpretation of environmental monitoring instruments.
  • Selection of personal protective equipment.
  • Assessment of tactical options.
  • Development of operational plans.


  • This is not a “hands-on” program.
  • Some evening sessions are required.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 89KB
Welcome Letter/Pre-course Assignment Information PDF 139KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Emergency response personnel having hazardous materials response or training responsibility at the technician/specialist level as referenced in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 1910.120 or 40 CFR 311 and National Fire Protection Association 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.


  1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  2. National Fire Academy’s “The Chemistry of Hazardous Materials” (R0234), “Chemistry for Emergency Response” (R/N0233), or documented equivalent training is recommended but not required.

Post-course requirements


Student comments

It gave me more knowledge with converting data and understanding more [about] chemical reactions and hazards. Good scenario simulations including real world examples relevant to hazmat site operations.