This class is specifically designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to recognize and understand the dangers present when handling hazardous materials.  In addition, students will be challenged with discussions on what initial actions must be taken in the event of an accidental spill and/or release. The length of our introductory class is variable, between 8 and 24 hours, and the curriculum is flexible so that we can present each facility with information tailored to meet their individual needs.  This course is recommended for any employees directly involved with handling and/or moving hazardous materials. Students successfully completing this course will meet 29 CFR 1910.120 guidelines for hazardous material First Responder – Awareness or Operations.


This 24-40 hour course is designed to introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to participate as a member of a hazardous materials response team.  The course curriculum includes information on response procedures and specific techniques required to mitigate minor hazardous materials emergencies.  Students will receive both classroom and practical experience using special protective clothing; doing site entry planning; setting up decontamination stations; atmospheric monitoring; and doing stabilization techniques.  The final exam involves the actual response to, and handling of, a simulated hazardous materials incident. Students successfully completing the course will have met the minimum training requirements specified in 29 CFR 1910.120.


A 24-hour course designed to build on the Basic Hazardous Material Technician course.  During this course, students will be instructed in more advanced concepts and techniques, such as use of encapsulated protective clothing, leaks and spills from bulk transport containers (i.e. tank trucks, rail cars, etc.) and on-scene management.  Skill development and safety procedures will be emphasized.   This course is recommended for all response team members faced with either frequent or complex hazardous material emergencies.


An 8-16 hour course designed to build on the hazardous material technician and specialist courses.  The class revolves around common roles and responsibilities of workers and coordinators during hazardous material emergencies.  During the class, students will be instructed in setting up an Incident Command System for dealing with hazardous material incidents, a step-by-step approach to establishing a site safety plan and how to deal with outside agencies which may be involved in the incident.  The course format includes classroom lecture as well as group work on simulated scenarios.  Students successfully completing the class will meet the requirements for  “Hazardous Material Incident Commander” as specified by 29 CFR 1910.120.

For more information, please call Steve Wood at (804) 512-0911 or ETSInformation@aol.com