Employee emergency Response Teams (ER Teams) are an asset to many organizations because first responders understand the facility and often are more informed as to the variables contributing to incidents and emergencies. Regardless of the type of ER Team a company wants, there must be regular focused training for it to function effectively.
Simple ER teams often relate to coordinating evacuations and response to fire safety and injuries. There are no specific training requirements for these types of teams, yet training should be provided to enhance skills and response activities.
Hazardous materials (HazMat) ER Teams on the other hand are expected to develop Responder Safety Plans and train on them in accordance with OSHA standards. OSHA requires up to five levels of training applicable to HazMat emergency responders, depending on the magnitude of response. These levels are described below.
- Employees engaged in clean up and hazardous materials handling must attend 40 hours of instruction at a location away from the site, and a minimum of three days actual field experience with a trained instructor.
- Employees unlikely to be exposed over permissible exposure limits and published exposure limits must attend 24 hours of instruction at a location away from the site, and a minimum of one day actual field experience.
- Employees regularly on site who work in areas which have been monitored and are fully characterized as presenting no health hazards or possibility of an emergency developing must attend 24 hours of instruction at a location away from the site, and a minimum of one day actual field experience.
- Workers with 24 hours of training and who become general site workers or who are required to wear respirators, must attend an additional 16 hours and two days of training.
ARC Enterprises tailors training to the different set of skills and knowledge applicable to each training level. Please call to discuss how an ER Team fits into your operational plans.