Jan 18, 2022
FSC 153 - Hazardous Materials 1.5 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
1.25 lecture periods .75 lab periods
Basic chemical concepts and their applications to the field of fire science. Includes classes and properties of hazardous materials; recognition and identification of materials; management of materials in transit, in use, and in storage; and management of hazardous materials incidents.
Information: Equivalent to State of Arizona’s First Responder, 40-hour course.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Describe terminology and principles for Hazardous Material incidents.
- Describe the Incident Management System and function of the different branches.
- Identify Federal, State and local agencies requirements and standards for Hazardous Materials.
- Describe protective equipment and measures to be taken during a hazardous material incident.
- Describe the Department of Transportation (DOT) marking, placarding and labeling of products.
- List the key regulatory standards that impact the management of hazardous materials.
- Describe the following toxicological principles: exposure, toxicity, contamination, dose/response relationship, routes of exposure, chronic/acute exposure.
- Describe the following toxicological terms and describe their significance: parts per million (ppm), lethal dose (LD50), lethal concentration (LC50), threshold limit value-time weighted average (TLV/TWA), and threshold limit value-ceiling (TLV/C).
- Identify the key element of the Incident Management System necessary to coordinate response activities at a hazardous materials incident.
- Identify and describe the duties and functions of the Hazardous Materials (HM) Branch within the Incident Management System.
- Identify the guidelines for the safe approach and positioning of response personnel at a HM incident.
- Define and describe the significance of staging.
- Identify the procedures required to protect the public at a HM incident.
- Describe the role of security and law enforcement officers at a HM incident.
- Identify the procedures for establishing scene control through the use of control zones.
- Explain the difference between evacuation and protect-in-place.
- List and describe the basic methods of identifying hazardous materials.
- Identify the basic design and construction features of bulk packages, nonbulk packages and storage vessels.
- Identify each of the railroad tank cars and Intermodal tank containers by type.
- Describe the specialized marking systems found at fixed facilities.
- Describe the Department of Transportation (DOT) specification markings for nonbulk and bulk packaging.
- Identify and describe placards, labels, markings and shipping documents used for the transportation of hazardous materials.
- Describe the concept of hazard assessment and risk evaluation.
- Identify the types of hazard and response information available from each of the following resources and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each resource: reference manuals, technical information centers, material safety data sheets, monitoring instruments.
- Define the following terms and their impact and significance on the selection of chemical protective clothing: degradation, penetration, permeation, breakthrough time, permeation rate.
- Identify the process and factors to be considered in selecting the proper level of protective clothing and respiratory protection at a HM incident.
- Describe the advantages, limitations and proper use of different types of protective clothing and respiratory protection at a HM incident.
- Define the terms: strategic goals and tactical goals.
- Identify and describe the application, advantages and limitations of the following methods of spill control: absorption, adsorption, covering, damming, dicing, dilution, diversion, dispersion, retention, vapor suppression.
- Define and describe the difference between direct contamination and cross contamination.
- State the general conditions that require an emergency decontamination.
- Describe the stations in the decontamination sequence for conducting field decontamination.
- Describe the importance of a post-incident analysis of a HM incident.
- Identify the regulatory reporting requirements of federal, state and local agencies.
- Hazardous Materials Management System
- Laws, regulations and standards
- Management system
- Health and Safety
- Health and safety management procedures
- Site safety practices and procedures
- Incident Management System (IMS)
- IMS overview
- Command operations
- HM Branch operations
- Site Management and Control
- Establishing command
- Approach and positioning
- Isolation procedures
- Hazard control zones
- Evacuation and isolation-in-place
- Recognition and Identification
- Methods and procedures
- Reference sources
- Hazard and Risk Evaluation
- Hazard and risk assessment
- Sources of information
- Evaluating risk
- Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
- Basic principles
- Level of protective clothing
- Implementing Response Objectives
- Basic principles
- Goals and objectives
- Spill and leak control and containment
- Special tactical problems
- Decontamination methods
- Terminating the incident
Full Academic Year 2018/19
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