Hazardous waste is a serious problem that continues to endanger humans, animals, and environmental quality. However, as workers clean up hazardous waste sites, they face safety and health hazards. OSHA issued the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard to protect workers during cleanup operations and help them handle the wastes safely and effectively.
Fires are dangerous on their own, but when hazardous wastes and other hazardous substances are added to the mix, they can quickly become much more volatile. To help prevent injuries and property damage, workers need to be aware of what fire is, work practices to prevent them, systems to detect, signal, and suppress them, and safe measures to take when responding to a fire.
This HAZWOPER training course is designed to address the fire basics at any hazardous waste cleanup site. Those basics include what a fire is, the dangers, prevention strategies, protection systems, the special circumstances they can present when combined with hazardous substances, and how to respond when one erupts at the worksite.
- The eLearning course covers the following topics:
- Risks at Work
- Special Chemical Considerations
- Prevention vs. Protection
- Prevention Measures
- Follow Housekeeping Practices
- Control Ignition Sources
- Maintain Tools & Equipment
- Follow Your Hot Work Permit
- Take Other Chemical Precautions
- Adhere to Safety Signs & Labels
- Listen Up During Training
- Types of Protection
- Detection Systems
- Alarm Systems
- Portable Suppression Systems
- Fixed Suppression Systems
- Fire Brigade
- Responding to a Fire
- Know Your Role
- Using an Extinguisher
- Firefighting Equipment & Clothing
- Allowing a Fire to Burn
- After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify the types of damage fires can cause, the increased risk when working at a hazardous waste site, and the elements that must be present for it to form
- Recognize fire classifications and special chemical considerations
- Explain the difference between prevention and protection
- Discuss prevention measures that can be taken to help prevent fires, including other chemical precautions
- Describe systems used in fire protection, including detection, alarms, suppression and brigades
- List actions to take when a fire occurs, including evacuation and the use of a portable extinguisher
- Intended Audience: General site workers—such as equipment operators, general laborers, and supervisory personnel—who may be involved or expected to engage in hazardous waste cleanup operations where the worker may be exposed to hazardous substances, health hazards, or safety hazards.
- Regs Covered: 29 CFR 1910.120, 29 CFR 1926.65, 29 CFR 1910.37, 29 CFR 1910.38, 29 CFR 1910.39, 29 CFR 1910.156, 29 CFR 1910.157, 29 CFR 1910.158, 29 CFR 1910.159, 29 CFR 1910.160, 29 CFR 1910.161, 29 CFR 1910.162, 29 CFR 1910.163, 29 CFR 1910.164, 29 CFR 1910.165
- Length: 60 minutes
- Copyright Date: 2018
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