course PS – Hazardous Materials Response: Awareness Level

Hazardous Materials Response
Awareness Level

Participants will learn how to recognize a hazardous materials release and the risks involved. They will also learn how to identify the released material; how to use available resources, including the Emergency Response Guidebook; and how to notify the proper authorities in the event of a hazardous material emergency.

Focus on:

  • Definitions
  • Six Clues
  • Resources
  • Health Hazards
  • Protective Actions

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, a responder at the Awareness Level must have:

  • An understanding of hazardous substances and the risks associated with them in an emergency
  • An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present
  • The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency
  • An understanding of the role of the first responder at the Awareness Level, including site security and control and use of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook
  • The ability to realize the need for additional resources and to provide good information to the communication center.


This course is designed as an entry level awareness for first responders, private security and employees who work within industries where hazardous chemicals are used, made or shipped.

This course is also perfect for first responders including emergency medical services, volunteer firefighters and law enforcement officers.