Disaster job sites differ from normal construction or demolition sites. Therefore, workers roles and responsibilities on the job site are not the same either. Whether the disaster is natural or man-made, the on-site worker needs to develop an awareness of safety and health hazards that may be encountered.
Recognizing the responsibility to make decisions and choices that will positively affect their personal health/safety and that of others at the site is a primary theme of this course.
It provides an awareness of the safety and health hazards workers may encounter as well as the importance of respiratory protection, other personal protective equipment, and proper decontamination procedures that may be used to mitigate the hazards. Participants will support the use of an Incident Command System through the safe performance of their job responsibilities. They'll understand effects of traumatic incident stress that can result from working conditions and learn measures to reduce this stress. Of primary importance is the participants ability to perform the following specific tasks correctly:
- inspection of an air-purifying respirator,
- donning and doffing an air-purifying respirator, and
- respirator user seal check.
Students are given the opportunity to practice their new knowledge, skills and attitudes through discussion, planned exercises, demonstrations and presentations.
Audience and Prerequisites:
The intended audience for this course is workers who provide skilled support services (e.g., utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or site clean-up services a disaster site. The majority of this audience are generally members of the construction trades and because this course does not cover in detail the safety and health hazards that occur on a daily basis on a normal construction site, completion of the 10-hour OSHA Construction or General Industry Outreach Training Course is a prerequisite.
To receive a Course Card: Students must have completed either the 10-hr OSHA Construction or General Industry outreach course; or the 30-hour Construction or General Industry outreach course.
To receive a Program Card: Students must have a 10-hr or 30-hr OSHA Construction or General Industry Safety Card, the 7600 course card, and have completed a 40-hr (minimum) HAZWOPER training and remained current with refresher classes.