This course provides training as required by OSHA's HAZWOPER Standard (29CFR 1910.120) for First Responder Awareness Level. First receivers are a division of first responders, and are those healthcare workers that are based away from a hazardous substance release, but are at risk when a hospital receives contaminated (chemical, biological, or radiological) patients. Although the OSHA standard was written for the First Responder, there are a series of interpretation letters to translate the HAZWOPER Standard into one that is appropriate for First Receivers.
Material covered in the course includes definitions of Awareness Level training, hazardous substances and their risks, decontamination procedures, and other information needed to fulfill responsibilities as a hospital-based
First Receiver trained at the Awareness level.
Individuals who might reasonably be anticipated 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. This is as directly defined in OSHA HAZWOPER Standard 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i).
Emergency Department (ED) clinicians
Emergency Department (ED) clerks
Emergency Department (ED) triage staff
Patient tracking clerks
Decontamination set-up crew
After completing this series, participants should be able to:
1. Understand who requires the HAZMAT Awareness Level of training and which agencies are responsible for regulation.
2. Understand the responsibilities of hospital employees trained at the HAZMAT Awareness Level.
3. Understand what hazardous substances are and their associated risks.
4. Understand the possible outcomes in an emergency involving hazardous substances
5. Recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency situation.
6. Identify hazardous substances, if possible.
7. Understand your role in the hospital’s emergency response plan, including site security and control, and decontamination procedures.
8. Understand when and how to contact additional resources as needed.
Deborah E. Hage & Jennibeth Brackett
Deborah E. Hage is a practicing physical therapist in the hospital environment. She holds a Masters Degree of Physical Therapy from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In addition to her physical therapy career, Ms. Hage has over 17 years experience in the environmental and pharmaceutical industries, working in the areas of scientific analysis, quality assurance, project management and sales. Ms. Hage is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and is a former board member of the North Carolina section of the American Chemical Society.
Jennibeth Brackett is a former public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Labor and Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHA). She has 15 years of public relations experience in the corporate, governmental and non-profit settings. In addition, she is a former newspaper reporter and has also worked as a contract writer for various private clients, including healthcare professionals, political candidates and non-profit organizations. Ms. Brackett holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
1 Contact Hour This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.
The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.
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