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FLRTC-HAZ-ONLINE HazMat for the First Receiver Operations Level Training


Online - On Demand - Self Paced
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The FLRTC Hazmat for First Receiver Operations Level Online Training is based on OSHA recommendations and standards. For details please refer to OSHA 1910.120(q)(6)(ii) and OSHA Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers, Training First Receivers.

These training materials are intended to assist employers, workers, and others as they cooperatively work to improve workplace health and safety. While the training content provided attempts to thoroughly address specific topics, it is not possible to include discussion of everything necessary to ensure a healthy and safe working environment in a presentation of this nature. This information must be understood as a tool for addressing workplace hazards, rather than an exhaustive statement of an employer’s legal obligations, which are defined by statute, regulations, and standards. To the extent that this information references practices or procedures that may enhance health or safety, it is the employer’s responsibility to create standard operating procedures to comply with required statutes, regulations, or standards. Over time, regulators may modify rules and interpretations in light of new technology, information, or circumstances. Employers must keep apprised of such developments and review information on these wide range of occupational safety and health topics. Frequently visiting regulatory web sites can assist employers with these efforts.

The taping and online packaging of this course was funded through a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the New York State Department of Health Office of Health Emergency Preparedness awarded to the University of Rochester Medical Center - Finger Lakes Regional Training Center. The content was recorded in 2019-2020.

The online course is comprised of 10 self-paced video modules. Learners will receive information on hazard recognition specific to chemical, biological and radiological agents of concern, contamination control principles and decontamination response logistics as required to meet the didactic portion of the HazMat for First Receiver Training. At the conclusion of each module, learners must complete a knowledge check. This online course can be completed in approximately 3 1/2 hours.

In order to meet OSHA standards for 8 hrs of operations level training, learners will need to review facility specific hazmat plans, policies and procedures, demonstrate competency in the proper donning and doffing of PPE, and complete the hospital's respirator medical evaluation questionnaire. A competency verification check box is included at the conclusion of certain online modules to prompt the learner to complete these additional requirements. Learners should coordinate this with their employer. A downloadable checklist to help track progress of requirements will be available during the course introduction.

TARGET HEALTCARE AUDIENCE: Hospital-based healthcare providers who have been designated to provide treatment, triage, decontamination or other services to contaminated individuals.


Module 1: Introduction      

  • Examine the regulatory requirements for First Receivers
  • Understand common hazmat terminology
  • Discuss use of the Incident Command System in response
  • Review Organization’s Emergency Response and Emergency Notification Procedures

Module 2: Toxicology

  • Understand factors that influence the toxic effect
  • Describe acute and chronic exposure
  • Identify target organs impacted by toxins

Module 3: Radiological Hazards

  • Discuss the nature and sources of Radiological hazards
  • signs and symptoms of exposure
  • Identify methods to control exposure to radiation
  • Review Organization’s Radiological Incident Plan/Annex

Module 4: Biological Hazards

  • Discuss the 3 categories of biological agents
  • Identify diseases caused by biological agents
  • Explain when to decontaminate a biological exposure
  • Review Organization’s Biological Incident Plan/Annex

Module 5: Chemical Hazards

  • Identify the characteristics of chemical agents
  • Describe different types of chemical agents
  • List the signs and symptoms of a nerve agent exposure
  • Review Organization’s Chemical Incident Plan/Annex

Module 6: Hazmat Response: The Scene

  • Understand how response at the scene will impact the healthcare facility’s response
  • Identify important information to obtain from the scene
  • Review Organization’s Facility Contamination Control Response Plan and Emergency Notification Procedures

Module 7: Hazmat Response: Healthcare Facility

  • Describe actions needed at the healthcare facility before, during and after a hazardous event
  • Understand how to provide safe decontamination of children
  • Recognize the CDC CHEMPACK program
  • Review Organization’s Patient Decontamination Response Plan, CHEMPACK Plan and Decontamination Team Job Action Sheets

Module 8: Respiratory Protection

  • List OSHA Standards for a respiratory protection program
  • Describe different types of respirators
  • Identify the appropriate respirator used by first receivers
  • Review Organization's Respiratory Protection Program and complete Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

Module 9: Personal Protective Clothing

  • Describe various safety controls used to enhance worker safety as well as the considerations used for selecting personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Recognize the limitations and benefits of personal protective equipment
  • Review Organization’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Donning and Doffing PPE and Review the location and setup of Organization’s PPE, Decon Equipment, Tent/Shower

Module 10: Donning & Doffing PPE

  • Describe the process for safely donning and doffing Level C PPE with chemical and biological protections
  • Explain two different methods for safely doffing Level C PPE.
  • Complete Donning & Doffing PPE Practical Demonstration

Thank you for registering for HazMat for the First Receiver Operations Level Training: Online, On-Demand and Self-Paced

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