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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog
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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.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe terminology and principles for Hazardous Material incidents.
  2. Describe the Incident Management System and function of the different branches.
  3. Identify Federal, State and local agencies requirements and standards for Hazardous Materials.
  4. Describe protective equipment and measures to be taken during a hazardous material incident.
  5. Describe the Department of Transportation (DOT) marking, placarding and labeling of products.

Performance Objectives:
  1. List the key regulatory standards that impact the management of hazardous materials.
  2. Describe the following toxicological principles: exposure, toxicity, contamination, dose/response relationship, routes of exposure, chronic/acute exposure.
  3. 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).
  4. Identify the key element of the Incident Management System necessary to coordinate response activities at a hazardous materials incident.
  5. Identify and describe the duties and functions of the Hazardous Materials (HM) Branch within the Incident Management System.
  6. Identify the guidelines for the safe approach and positioning of response personnel at a HM incident.
  7. Define and describe the significance of staging.
  8. Identify the procedures required to protect the public at a HM incident.
  9. Describe the role of security and law enforcement officers at a HM incident.
  10. Identify the procedures for establishing scene control through the use of control zones.
  11. Explain the difference between evacuation and protect-in-place.
  12. List and describe the basic methods of identifying hazardous materials.
  13. Identify the basic design and construction features of bulk packages, nonbulk packages and storage vessels.
  14. Identify each of the railroad tank cars and Intermodal tank containers by type.
  15. Describe the specialized marking systems found at fixed facilities.
  16. Describe the Department of Transportation (DOT) specification markings for nonbulk and bulk packaging.
  17. Identify and describe placards, labels, markings and shipping documents used for the transportation of hazardous materials.
  18. Describe the concept of hazard assessment and risk evaluation.
  19. 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.
  20. Define the following terms and their impact and significance on the selection of chemical protective clothing: degradation, penetration, permeation, breakthrough time, permeation rate.
  21. Identify the process and factors to be considered in selecting the proper level of protective clothing and respiratory protection at a HM incident.
  22. Describe the advantages, limitations and proper use of different types of protective clothing and respiratory protection at a HM incident.
  23. Define the terms: strategic goals and tactical goals.
  24. 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.
  25. Define and describe the difference between direct contamination and cross contamination.
  26. State the general conditions that require an emergency decontamination.
  27. Describe the stations in the decontamination sequence for conducting field decontamination.
  28. Describe the importance of a post-incident analysis of a HM incident.
  29. Identify the regulatory reporting requirements of federal, state and local agencies.

  1. Hazardous Materials Management System
    1. Definitions
    2. Laws, regulations and standards
    3. Management system
  2. Health and Safety
    1. Toxicology
    2. Health and safety management procedures
    3. Site safety practices and procedures
  3. Incident Management System (IMS)
    1. IMS overview
    2. Command operations
    3. HM Branch operations
  4. Site Management and Control
    1. Establishing command
    2. Approach and positioning
    3. Isolation procedures
    4. Hazard control zones
    5. Evacuation and isolation-in-place
  5. Recognition and Identification
    1. Methods and procedures
    2. Reference sources
  6. Hazard and Risk Evaluation
    1. Hazard and risk assessment
    2. Sources of information
    3. Evaluating risk
    4. Terrorism
  7. Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
    1. Basic principles
    2. Level of protective clothing
  8. Implementing Response Objectives
    1. Basic principles
    2. Goals and objectives
    3. Spill and leak control and containment
    4. Special tactical problems
  9. Decontamination
    1. Decontamination methods
    2. Clean-up
    3. Terminating the incident 

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19

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