CATEGORY: Environmental

COMPLIANCE REFERENCE: T8 CCR 5192 and 29 CFR 1910.1200

(E) Incident Commander/On-scene Manager: Incident commanders, who will assume control of the incident scene beyond the first responder awareness level, shall receive at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas; and the employer shall so certify:

1. Know and be able to implement the employer's incident command system.

2. Know how to implement the employer's emergency response plan.

3. Know and understand the hazards and risks associated with employees working in chemical protective clothing.

4. Know how to implement the local emergency response plan.

5. Know of the state emergency response plan and of the Federal Regional Response Team.

6. Know and understand the importance of decontamination procedures.

NOTE TO (q)(6)(E): Management personnel who, during an emergency situation, stay out of the hazardous area and who are not taking charge of the incident, and are not a "specialist" employee under subsection (q)(5) of this section are not subject to the provisions of this section.


This course provides the tools needed to assume control of an emergency response to a haz mat or WMD incident. It focuses on legal and practical requirements to safely and competently manage a haz mat incident. Completing this course exceeds the training requirements of state and federal OSHA HAZWOPER regulations. These regulations require many government agencies and private companies to train certain employees to manage an emergency response to a release or potential release of hazardous materials.

At the completion of this training session, participants will achieve all of the following objectives.

  • All First Responder Awareness and Operations Level Information
  • Incident Command System
  • Recognition of hazardous materials
  • Hazard assessment
  • Selection of chemical protective equipment and protective actions
  • Agency coordination
  • Plans and regulations
  • Managing the media
  • Working with an emergency operations center

    At the conclusion of the class, each participant will take a written examination and complete a course evaluation.