Emergency Responder Training

24 Hour On-Site Emergency Responder Course

Emergency Responder Training


OSHA 1910.120(q)


24 Hours


This course is designed to meet the requirements of OSHA for training of emergency response personnel who will respond to leaks or spills of chemicals for the purpose of stopping the leak or spill. It is specifically aimed at ammonia users, but will relate to many other chemicals. It can be tailored to other specific chemicals in your workplace. OSHA requires that all personnel who are expected to respond to spills or leaks must have this training.


This course covers:

  • Procedures for handling emergency responses
  • Written emergency response plans
  • Hazards confronting responders
  • Material safety data sheets and terms
  • Health effects of ammonia and other chemicals
  • How to plan and prepare for emergencies
  • How to decontaminate responders and clean up/neutralize ammonia spills
  • Protective clothing
  • Self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA's) and respirators
  • Conducting mock scenarios with SCBA's and encapsulating suits
  • Monitoring devices, manual and electronic

Who Should Attend

Members of management, engineering, maintenance, refrigeration, safety, production, human resources and security. A good cross section can contribute greatly to the overall effectiveness of any emergency response team.

Ammonia Emergency Response Training

3 Day Course Schedule

Hazards That May Confront First Responders

Routes of Entry

Hazard Communications

MSDS and toxicological terms
Material Safety Data Sheet

Anhydrous Ammonia

Health Hazards
Physiological Effects of Ammonia
First Aid
Reactivity of Ammonia
Fire Hazards of Ammonia

Ammonia Spill Procedures

Reactivity of Ammonia

Description of an Ammonia Spill and Notification

Interaction with outside agencies and parties

Respiratory Protection

Areas of Respiratory Hazards
OSHA Respirator Regulations
Respirator Types
Fit testing if necessary

Preparing for an Emergency

Before, During, After
Emergency Action/OSHA regulations
Written Emergency Action Plan
Exits, Alarms
Written Fire Prevention Plans

Scenarios are planned that will simulate conditions indicating that a spill or leak has occurred. The personnel will assess the situation and determine what emergency equipment they will need to defensively stop the leak. Critiques will then be held to look for weaknesses or changes that should be made in future scenarios. All personnel will be given the opportunity to wear the air purifying respirators in practice

At the end of the class the attendees will be required to take an examination and upon satisfactory passing, will be awarded a certificate and a first responder operations level identification wallet card to be used when responding to actual spills.

Hazmat Ammonia First Responders