HAZMAT Technician


This program is designed to provide hazardous materials response team members with the knowledge and skills required to respond to a dangerous goods incident in a safe and effective manner.  This program is a skills-based session, which will enable trainees to use specialized personal protective equipment for active Hazmat control and containment.  This program will enable clients to meet the requirements of NFPA Standard 472, Standard for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents, for Hazardous Materials Technicians.


This program covers hazards, responder safety and the use of specialized protective clothing and equipment for the active control of Hazmat spills.  Trainees will acquire knowledge through a combination of lecture presentations, group discussions, film presentations, case studies and individual and team exercises.

Areas of study will include the following:

  • Hazmat Materials Recognition and Identification
  • Initial Response Consideration
  • Developing a Response Team
  • Incident Command
  • Equipment Overview
  • Developing a Mobile Spill Kit
  • Selection, Care and Use of Respirators
  • Selection and Use of Absorbents
  • Chemical Hazards and Toxicology
  • Properties of Flammable Liquids
  • Plugging Leaking and Broken Pipes
  • Plugging and Patching
  • Diking and Diversion
  • PCB Emergencies
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Site Restoration
  • Media Expectations
  • Evacuation Zones and Procedures
  • Site Security
  • Inter-Agency Liaison
  • Guidebooks and Research Materials
  • Desktop Simulations
  • Special Chemical Receiving
  • Safe Actions Decision Tree
  • Communications
  • Incident Termination

Trainees will participate in practical demonstration and use of the following:

  • Portable Gas Detection Devices
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Encapsulating Protective Suits
  • Support Function Protective Suits
  • Tools and Support Equipment
  • Static Leak Control Equipment
  • Pressurized Leak Control Equipment
  • Communications Equipment
  • Wet and Dry Decontamination Equipment
  • Diking and Diversion Equipment


Five (5) days.

Course Details


  • Trainees are expected to be in a good state of health and physically capable of fully taking part in all program activities.  Trainees are expected to participate in all physical training requirements.
  • A valid Government Identification is required and must be presented for registration and to the instructor on the first day of course commencement.  (Driver’s License, Passport, Vantage Card)


All persons who successfully complete the course based on the performance standards will receive:

  • A Survival Systems Training certificate for HAZMAT Technician
  • A laminated wallet course qualification card

Refresher training is recommended every one to two years. Expiry is subject to local jurisdiction/regulations.

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