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Emergency Responder Training

8 Hour Emergency Responder Refresher Course

Most companies struggle to develop and maintain a well-trained hazmat team. On short notice, when an emergency occurs, it is critical that students be current on all new mitigation methodologies and be competent in the safe and proper use of safety gear, decontamination, scene management and the proper interpretation of the Emergency Response Plan and Emergency Action Plan. Without frequent training, details get lost in the daily duties necessary to keep facilities operating. Refresher training aims to keep these details at the forefront in case of an emergency.

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8 Hour Emergency Responder Refresher


OSHA 1910.120(q)


8 Hours


This course is designed to meet the requirements of OSHA for refresher 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 annual refresher training.


This course covers:

  • Ammonia Industry Related and OSHA Updates
  • Ammonia Accident Reviews in the News
  • 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/prepare for emergencies
  • How to decontaminate responders and neutralize/clean up ammonia spills
  • Protective clothing
  • Self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA's) and respirators
  • Conducting mock scenarios with SCBA's and encapsulating suits


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 Refresher Training

1 Day Course Schedule

Hazards That May Confront First Responders


Hazard Communications

MSDS and toxicological terms
Material Safety Data Sheet

Anhydrous Ammonia

Health Hazards
Physiological Effects of Ammonia

Description of an Ammonia Spill and Notification

Protective Clothing

Levels of Protection
Encapsulating Suit
Heat Stress
Cold Stress
Self Contained Breathing Apparatus

Preparing for an Emergency

Emergency Action/OSHA regulations
Written Emergency Action Plan
Incident Command Center

Ammonia Spill Procedures


Respiratory Protection

Areas of Respiratory Hazards
The Cylinder/Breathing Air
OSHA Respiratory Regulations

The attendees will participate in the hands-on setup of a staging area. What's more, the design and setup of the staging area will come from the team members attending the class by means of the guidance of the instructor. As a result, the response team will have a more efficient management of equipment for during an actual emergency response situation.

Scenarios are planned that will simulate conditions indicating that a spill or leak has occurred. The teams will form and lay out all their emergency equipment. They will assess the situation and determine what emergency equipment they will need to stop the leak. The teams will then approach the spill and simulate the repair. Critiques will then be held to look for weaknesses or changes that should be made in the future scenarios. All personnel will be given the opportunity to wear the SCBA and wear the fully encapsulating training suit in practice.

At some point during the day the attendees will be required to take a 25 question examination and upon satisfactorily passing, will be awarded an 8 hour refresher certificate and an emergency responder identification wallet card to be used when responding to actual spills.

Hazmat Ammonia First Responders

When is Refresher Training Necessary?

Refresher training is required in order to maintain a Hazmat team’s OSHA certification. All companies that respond to hazardous materials are required to participate. The training consists of reviewing any new mitigation processes, chemical basics, first aid, decontamination processes, and practicing with all pertinent Hazmat protective gear.