First Responder

First Responder Awareness Level (29CFR 1910.120[q][6][i])

First Responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.

OSHA Regulations

This training will cover the following topics:

  • Hazardous substances and the risks associated with them
  • Potential outcomes of an emergency created by hazardous substances
  • Recognizing a hazardous substance in an emergency
  • Identifying hazardous substances
  • The first responders awareness individual's role in the employers emergency response plan including security control
  • Properly notifying and communicating with the command center

This certification allows individuals to legally respond to an emergency situation where hazardous substances are present by informing the proper authorities. This also allows individuals to properly recognize and identify hazardous substances in accordance with the Hazard Communication Standard and the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

First Responder Operations Level (29CFR 1910.120[q][6][ii])

First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environmental from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures. First Responders at the operational level shall have at least eight (8) hours of training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in other specific areas in addition to those listed for the awareness level [re. (q)(6)(ii)(A-F)] and the employer shall so certify.

OSHA Regulations

This training will cover the following topics:

  • Basic Hazard and Risk Assessment Techniques
  • Selection of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Basic Hazardous Materials Terms
  • Basic Control and Containment Operations
  • Basic Decontamination Procedures
  • An Understanding of Relevant Standards and Operating Procedures

This certification allows employees to legally respond to hazardous substance releases in a defensive manner and is necessary for all employees who may come in contact with hazardous materials and waste during their regular job duties. This certification is valid for one year.


HAZWOPER or Hazardous Waste Emergency Response and Operations courses are advanced courses centered on handling and responding to hazardous materials releases. These courses center around curriculum far beyond the First Responder Awareness and Operations courses and are necessary for employees exposed to hazardous levels of materials on a regular basis or are expected to respond to high level hazardous materials releases.


We would be more than happy to design a HAZWOPER curriculum in either 24 hour or 40 hour training length, please inquire for further details.

Department of Transportation

Department of Transportation (DOT) Training 49 CFR 172.704(a-e)

General awareness/familiarization training designed to provide familiarity with the requirements of 49 CFR 172.704, and to enable the employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standard.


This training will cover the following topics:

  • Function-Specific Training
  • Safety Training
  • In-Depth Security Training
  • OSHA, EPA, and DOT Regulations Concerning Hazardous Materials
  • Protocols for Identifying and Signing a Hazardous Materials Manifest

This certification allows employees to legally sign a hazardous materials manifest including Hazardous Waste Manifests, Medical Waste Manifests, and Bill of Ladings concerning Universal Waste and is necessary for all employees who may come in contact with hazardous materials and waste during their regular job duties.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (CCR, Title 8, Section 5193[g][2])

General awareness/familiarization training designed to provide employees with knowledge of bloodborne pathogens and the prevention of transmission of them.

CA Code of Regulations

This training will cover the following topics:

  • Familiarization with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (CCR, Title 8, Section 5193) and the Medical Waste Management Act
  • A general explanation of the epidemiology and symptoms of bloodborne diseases
  • An explanation of the modes of transmission of bloodborne pathogens
  • An explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure
  • Information on the types, proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of personal protective equipment
  • Information on the appropriate actions to take and persons to contact in an emergency involving blood or OPIM
  • An explanation of the procedure to follow if an exposure incident occurs
  • An explanation of the signs and labels and/or color coding required by subsection (g)(1)

This certification allows employees to work in environments were occupational exposure to blood and OPIM is likely and allows them to perform tasks requiring exposure to other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) such as sharps.

Hazard Communication

Hazardous Communication Standard Training (29 CFR 1910.1200)

The purpose of this training is to ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are classified, and that information concerning the classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees. The requirements of this section are intended to be consistent with the provisions of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The transmittal of information is to be accomplished by means of comprehensive hazard communication programs, which are to include container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee training.

OSHA Regulations

This training will cover the following topics:

  • Changes in the Hazard Communication Standard and United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classifications
  • Identification of hazardous materials, areas, and situations
  • Comprehensive overview of the new Safety Data Sheet structure
  • In depth discussion regarding hazardous materials utilized at your facility concerning their proper use, hazards, and disposal

This certification is necessary for all facilities utilizing hazardous materials, it will educate employees on the safe handling, use, and disposal of hazardous materials used throughout employment creating a safer more knowledgeable workforce.

Site Specific Training

Along with our Emergency Response, Department of Transportation, and Bloodborne Pathogens classes we also offer site specific trainings covering environmental compliance practices specific to your site and its policies and procedures including:

  • Universal , Hazardous, and Medical Waste Management
  • RCRA Pharmaceutical Program Management
  • Personal Protective Equipment Use
  • Respirator Fit Testing

Still have questions?

Atlas professionals are ready to answer your questions and assist with any concerns you encounter.

Atlas strives to provide specific solutions to any environmental concern a client may encounter. Our staff maintains the highest quality and consistency servicing both large and small clients across California. Environmental regulations at the local, state, and federal levels have made it difficult for any company to implement compliant environmental programs on their own. Let Atlas be a trusted partner in your environmental compliance program.

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