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Hazardous Materials for First Responders, Awareness Level (HAZ01)

This one day course is designed for first-responders who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous materials emergency or, in the course of their normal duties may be the first person on the scene of an emergency involving hazardous material. Participants will learn how to recognize a hazardous materials release and the risks involved. They will also learn how to identify the released material; how to use available resources, including the Emergency Response Guidebook; and how to notify the proper authorities in the event of a hazardous material emergency.

Main Topics Covered in this Course Include:

  • Recognition of Hazardous Materials
  • Containers, Placards, and Labels
  • Protective Actions
  • Scene Control and Notification
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

This course meets OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(I) and EPA 40 CFR 311 requirements.

Date(s)  Fri. Nov 05, 2021 9:00a - 3:00p 
Location Worcester Emergency Management
2 Coppage Drive, Worcester MA 01603 
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Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access Yes
Offered By Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 
Primary Instructor Zalewski, Robert J. 
Course Length 6 Hours 
Course Hours
CEUs 6.00 
Prerequisites None
Target Audience Public Safety Officials 

Offering Specific Information

To ensure adequate participation of the target audience, all registrants will be placed on the wait list pending approval. Due to the high demand for this class, Justifications in the "Job Responsibilities Related to Course" section will be carefully reviewed for acceptance into the course. 

To ensure the safety of all participants; please be advised that students will be required to wear a mask and complete a health screening form prior to entering the classroom. 

Please contact Michael Cantrell at with any questions.


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