Summary Description

Hazardous Materials Awareness CourseDecontamination of responders and other persons who are ambulatory, understand and are willing to folowo intrustctions, and cooperative is challenging enough as it is. When you are dealing with children, special needs adults, service animals, etc, it is an entirely different ballgame.

This course, based on NFPA 473, Chapters 4 & 5, OSHA 1910.120 for First Receivers, OSHA Best Practices for Hospital Based First Receivers, ATSDR's Emergency Department Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents, and the PETS (Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards) Act of 2006 will help responders understand and deal with these very unique challenges.


The goal of this course is to educate personnel on the objectives
and implementation of decontamination and the additional complications when special populations such as children, infants, service animals, and other animals are the recipients. During this 2.5 day course, topics covered will include but not be limited to:
• Hazmat Epidemiology
• Hazard Identification
• Toxicology and Toxidromes
• Hospital ICS in Hazmat
• Personal Protective Equipment
• Monitoring and Chemical Detection
• Decontamination Principles and
Techniques for Ambulatory and Non-Ambulatory affected populations
• Animal handling / restraint "Dos and Don’ts"
• Proper planning and set up of an animal decontamination corridor from hot zone extrication to sheltering and preparation for transportation to safe areas
• Decontaminating small and large animals.
• Hands-on experience practicing handling and restraint techniques for cats and dogs.
Responder safety is the number one objective in any response. Utilizing live patients to practice handling and techniques helps responders learn how to predict reactions to different stressors. All attempts will be made to coordinate this with the host facility to arrange for this. Responders will also be able to better understand special population behavior to provide a positive and safe outcome for all involved.