DEALING WITH WORKPLACE HAZARDOUS SPILLS
Nearly any facility could have an hazardous spill. Sometimes, the risk of material spilling may be very minimal in your company bit even then, it may be a good thing to train your staff on how to handle the situation. According to OSHA, there are five main level of training people about hazardous waste management.
Awareness for first responder.
The first responder is any person who enters the manufacturing facility even when they do not handle the chemicals. The staff in this level only need four hours of training as they are taught the most basic issues regarding handling chemicals. The employees are taught how to identify an emergency and who to contact. Basically, the employees are taught how to detect emergency and who to get in touch with quickly.
Awareness for those in charge of operations
the first responder of operations is responsible for keeping unauthorized people away from the spills as well as preventing it from spreading. This level of training requires eight hours for it to be complete. They learn hazardous materials terms and risk assessment. Other skills taught include how to wear protective equipment and clothing as well as how to contain the spill.
Training the technicians.
These employees actually enter the spill area and stop spilled material from spreading. The amount of hours required to train this staff also increases in that it is 24 hours. Their training is mainly deep as it covers toxicological and chemical hazards as well as the techniques for assessing rich. The staff are also taught how to use various survey instruments in order to identify leaking containers, spill control techniques as well as decontamination procedures.
Hazardous Materials Specialist
the training done in this level is given to the specialist in this field on how to handle hazardous materials and how to communicate this with the relevant authorities. They receive 24 hours of class training including detailed training on chemical, radiological and toxicological hazards. Here, the specialists learn how to carry out decontamination and how to contain a spill as well as the various personal protective gears available and which one is the most appropriate and for what situation.
Training the Incident commander
the incident commander is the one in charge of all the incidents that occur in the organization and as a result are entitled to receive the highest level of training. The amount of hours needed for training varies from facility to facility but they are required at least 24 hours of class training. This is because they need to have this information at their finger tips as they are required to come up with emergency response plans. The commander is also an expert on decontamination and medical risks