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Emergency Response Team Training

Facilities in California handling hazardous materials must designate emergency response teams and provide specialized training to comply with CAL Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) and federal OSHA HAZWOPER standards.

Required responders learn skills like hazardous material containment, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and air monitoring equipment, coordinating with authorities, and implementing decontamination and evacuation procedures.

CDMS offers turnkey HAZWOPER training tailored to your facility’s specific risks and emergency plans. Our classes cover required topics like spill response, incident command principles, safe handling of hazardous materials and waste, and proper notification and reporting in emergencies.

CDMS instructors have real-world response experience and can provide training onsite at your facility using your own equipment and procedures for maximum effectiveness.

Let us ensure your designated emergency response personnel complete the required 24-40 hours of HAZWOPER training so your team is fully prepared to implement your emergency response plan.

Regulatory bodies
  • Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA)
  • California Occupational Safety & Health Association (CalOSHA=
  • Local Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs)
  • Local fire departments
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Who needs it

Required by persons who will be part of the Emergency Response Team from outside the immediate release area or by other designated responders who will respond to a hazardous material incident. These people are expected to take action to contain (8 hrs) and stop (24 hrs) the release and act as the site liaison with authorities (24+ hrs).

Responses to incidental releases of hazardous substances where there is no immediate safety or health hazard (i.e. fire, explosion, or chemical exposure) and where the substance can be absorbed, neutralized, or otherwise controlled at the time of release by employees in the immediate release area, or by maintenance personnel are not considered to be emergency responses.

Regulation reference
  • 29 CFR 1910.120
  • 8 CCR 5192
  • 40 CFR 311 & 370
  • California Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans (HMRRP) and Inventory Law
  • California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95
  • Local fire codes
What our training provides:

Our training covers:

  • Hazardous waste operations & emergency response (HAZWOPER)
  • Use of PPE, breathing apparatus, gas monitors, spill kits
  • Fire prevention, containment, and suppression
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Decontamination setup and methods
  • Incident command system roles and responsibilities
  • Release notification and reporting
  • Spill response tactics based on material type
  • Handling of hazardous materials and waste

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Who needs HAZWOPER training at a facility?
Designated facility emergency response teams, spill cleanup personnel, and hazardous materials handlers.

What are the Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) HAZWOPER training requirements?
24 hours for spill cleanup teams, 40 hours for hazardous materials teams. Refresher annually.

What topics must HAZWOPER training cover?
Spill control, protective equipment, decon, regulations, incident command system, more.

Does HAZWOPER training need to be facility-specific?
Yes, it should cover hazards and response procedures specific to the facility.

How often does refresher training need to be completed?
8 hours of refresher training is required annually.

Can new or temporary response team members begin working before training?
No, personnel cannot participate unsupervised until fully trained.

How should facilities document HAZWOPER training?
With sign-in sheets listing topics, attendees, instructor, and dates.

Who can provide regulatory compliant HAZWOPER training?
Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) authorized trainers including environmental consultants, safety professionals. Please Contact Us to get support or request a Emergency Response Team Training. Our skilled team of EH&S specialists with extensive experience would be pleased to help you.

Does emergency response plan training need to be documented?
Yes, personnel should be trained on the specific emergency response plan with records kept.

Is HAZWOPER training required for personnel cleaning minor spills?
No, minor incidental releases may not require full HAZWOPER training.

Do hourly contractors need HAZWOPER training?
Yes, contracted personnel in hazardous material cleanup roles need training.

Does HAZWOPER training need to cover bloodborne pathogens?
Yes, Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) requires it to protect against biohazards.

Can facility managers provide required HAZWOPER training?
Only if they are qualified instructors who meet Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) trainer requirements.

How long are HAZWOPER training records retained?
At least 3 years, or duration of employment if longer.

How often should emergency response drills be conducted?
Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) recommends teams conduct drills at least annually.

Does HAZWOPER training need to be completed before starting work?
Yes, personnel cannot begin unsupervised work before finishing training.

What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for emergency response teams?
Depends on facility hazards. May include respirators, chemical suits, SCBA, more.

Where can I find qualified HAZWOPER trainers?
Industrial hygienists, environmental consultants, safety professionals/firms. CDMS offers HAZWOPER training tailored to your facility’s specific risks and emergency plans. We cover required topics like spill response, incident command principles, safe handling of hazardous materials and waste, and proper notification and reporting in emergencies.

Our instructors have extensive experience and can provide training onsite at your facility using your own equipment and procedures for maximum effectiveness.

Contact Us, request a Emergency Response Team Training Let us ensure your designated emergency response personnel complete the required training so your team is fully prepared to implement your emergency response plan.

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Phone: (925) 551-7300

Southern California Headquarters (LA, Orange County & San Diego Area)

Phone: (562) 988 0800

Email: info@cdms.com

Get support or request a Complimentary Facility Walkthrough & Compliance Assessment

Our skilled team of EH&S specialists with extensive experience would be pleased to help you.