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HAZWOPER for First Receivers

The Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health and Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (CEAT) Professional Development Department Present.


HAZWOPER for First Receivers Certification/Recertification Course

We are pleased to partner with OSU Center for Rural Health to provide the Oklahoma Hospital HAZWOPER for First Receivers Program. This program emphasizes adherence to the January 2005 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) release of the “Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances”. Please note all training included in this program is based on OSHA annual training provisions and must be completed by the end of this fiscal year, June 30.


Oklahoma State University CEAT Professional Development Department (OSU CEAT PD), since 2005, has delivered two employer/employee based courses titled “HAZWOPER for First Receivers Certification/Recertification Program.” Both of these courses, Awareness Level and Operations Level, meet and/or exceed the requirements and guidelines of OSHA. This program is a state-wide recognized program. It may be important to note that if a participant leaves the employment of one facility within Oklahoma for employment with another facility, the participant’s qualifications, if current, will be maintained. The new HCF employer is then responsible for training on conditions unique to their facility, i.e., the site specific Emergency Action Plan for Awareness Level employees and the site specific Emergency Response Plan for Operation Level employees as well as site specific Personal Protective Equipment-(PPE), Decontamination Facilities, etc.


OSU CEAT Professional Development (OSU CEAT PD) intends to meet the applicable portion of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: 34 CFR Section 99). Necessary recordkeeping regarding FERPA is included in this training. In order to meet the Federal Privacy requirements, all participants must complete a training records release form in order to provide their permission for OSU CEAT PD to release their exam scores to their employer and OSU Center for Rural Health.


The employer, Health Care Facility (HCF), retains full responsibility for employee qualifications to meet OSHA medical requirements under both HAZWOPER 29 CFR 1910.120 and Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.134.


Online Registration


HAZWOPER Resources


Training Modules



Program Manager Resources


  •  Equipment List

    12 X 20 Tarp
    6-mil construction plastic
    Clear, zip-front body bags and/ or large water repellent blankets
    Clothing for Post Decon privacy of victims
    Cones / Security Tape
    Decontamination Solution
    Detection Equipment
    Disposable clothes and shoes for ambulatory patients
    Duct tape
    Fiberglass backboards
    Five-gallon buckets
    HEPA Vacuum
    Large plastic bags for contaminated clothing with ID tags
    Plastic Sheeting/Tarps
    Pool or tank
    Sawhorses to support backboards
    Scissors for clothing removal
    Small plastic bags for patients’ valuables
    Spray Wands/Brushes
    Tags and waterproof pens to mark bags
    Towels and blankets
    Triage tags
    Waste Disposal Bags
    Waste Disposal Container
    Water Supply

  • Quick Reference Guides
  •  Helpful Links
  •  Important Forms
  •  FAQ

    What is the Hospital Program?

    Oklahoma State University (OSU) CEAT Professional Development Department has produced a course titled “HAZWOPER for First Receivers Certification Course”. This course meets and/or exceeds the requirements and guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This program emphasizes adherence to the January 2005 OSHA release of the Best Practices document.


    Who fills out the Hospital Program Manager Contact Verification Form?

    The HCF Program Manager Contact Verification Form is filled out by the person that will be the primary contact for your hospital regarding this program. Typically this person will be the one in charge of your hospital’s decon team or emergency preparedness issues. It does not have to be the Hospital CEO.


    Who is the proctor?

    The Proctor is the person that will actually administer the exams. They are responsible for maintaining confidentiality before, during, and after the exams. They collect and mail the completed exams on the Scantron forms to OSU. The proctor must have already passed the exam or not be scheduled to take the exam within the coming year.


    What is needed to view the training modules?

    Only a computer with a web browser and the login credentials.


    Who takes the “Awareness Level” Course?

    It is recommended that any employee who may be in a position to identify patients who have been contaminated with hazardous materials be trained to the “Awareness Level”. Also, employees who will be supporting the “Operations Level” trained employees should be trained to the “Awareness Level.” Please see OSHA Best Practices Table 4 for Training Requirements.


    Who takes the “Operations Level” Course?

    It is recommended that employees who will be involved in direct contact with contaminated victims, clothing, incoming equipment, or vehicles be trained to the “Operations Level”. Please see OSHA Best Practices Table 4 for Training Requirements.


    Do I need to take both Exams?

    If you are taking the “Operations Level” exam, you do not need to take the “Awareness Level” exam.


    What material can we use during the exams for aids?

    For both the Awareness Level and Operations Level Exams you may only use the ERG.


    Can we print the exam and use it as a study guide before taking the actual exam?

    No, the exam may only be printed by the proctor and shall be kept confidential at all times.


    What material should I study to be ready for the exam?

    Most exam questions come directly from the handouts that are available to print from the Training Modules. We highly recommend that you view all the video modules in their entirety and study these handouts prior to taking the exams.


    How do we send in our exam answers?

    The exams will be answered on Scantron sheets supplied by OSU according to the number specified on the HCF Program Manager Contact Verification form. The Scantron sheets shall be completed with a #2 pencil, signed by the Proctor, and mailed to OSU by the Proctor for grading.


    What happens if I fail an exam?

    If you fail the exam, you can take a retest. Remember that you must pass the “Operations Level” before being able to register for the Hands-On training class.


    When and how do I register for the Hands-On training?

    Once you pass the “Operations Level” exam the Program Manager is notified. Complete the registration form for 1st and  2nd choices for Hands-On training dates, times, and locations. The HCF Program Manager will then send the form back to OSU for scheduling. We will do our best to register you on your first listed date.


    How many people can take the Hands-On training per class offered?

    Each morning and afternoon course has a maximum of 15 participants each.


    If my hospital hosts the training will I be guaranteed a spot in that course?

    No, the host hospital will be allotted 15 participant slots should they be needed. Please divide your 15 participants between the morning and afternoon courses. The remaining 15 slots will be on a first come, first serve basis.


    Where do I take the Hands-On Training?

    Visit Training Dates to access the Hands-On Training Form. All dates that are scheduled are listed. If your location is not listed, please contact us. You must be pre-registered to attend the Hands-On training class. No drop-ins allowed.


    How long are the Hands-On training classes?

    The morning courses begin with registration at 7:30am and class begins at 8:00am. The afternoon course begins with registration at 12:30pm and class begins at 1:00pm. Both morning and afternoon courses are Four (4) hours long.


    Is there any additional information I need before taking the Hands-On training?

    It is highly recommended that each person take the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is 700 prior to participating in the Hands-On training.


    What equipment is needed to host a Hands-On training class?

    In addition to your decontamination unit and supporting equipment, it is suggested that host hospitals provide snacks for participants, along with plenty of ice and water. You should also have your equipment readily available and ready. Have your Decon unit set up prior to the morning class.


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