Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 218 - Emergency Response For Hazardous Materials

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; Placement in MATH 24/50
  • Recommended Prep: FIRE 203

This course provides students with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures in industrial and field settings. Topics discussed include: hazard analysis, contingency planning, proper use and selection of PPE, site control and evaluation, field sampling and monitoring, and proper use of instruments. This course satisfies the requirement for generalized employee training under OSHA (1910.120). Cross-listed as OESM 218.

3 hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 218, the student will be able to:

  • Define and classify hazardous waste as described by 40 CFR 261
  • Explain the scope of requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120
  • Describe health effects of hazardous materials
  • Describe signs and symptoms of heat-stress disorders
  • Identify health and safety issues associated with hazardous waste operations
  • Develop a site-specific health and safety plan
  • Describe operating modes, use, calibration, and limitations of monitoring instruments used in hazardous waste operations
  • Devise a decontamination plan with appropriate station layout
  • Conduct Levels A, B, and C decontamination
  • Follow appropriate donning and doffing procedures for different types of PPE
  • Identify limitations of different types of CPC and respirators
  • Recognize an emergency involving hazardous substances
  • Safely assess hazardous situations involving chemical substances
  • Identify and follow appropriate emergency responding strategies
  • Safely handle drums and other types of containers
  • Conduct environmental sampling of various media
  • Describe spill containment methods
  • Identify health and safety issues associated with a confined space entry

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