HAZMAT Awareness for First Responders

Category: Occupational Safety and Health

There are four sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Hospital ‘First Receivers’ and Contaminated Patients in the Hospital
  • Section 2: Recognizing Hazardous Substances in the Emergency Department
  • Section 3: Understanding The Hospital’s Response Plan & Your Role
  • Section 4: Common Hazardous Substances in Your Community

There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course. 

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. 

Intended Audience

Health care workers in a hospital environment who may potentially have contact with a contaminated patient

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this part, you will be able to:

  • List four locations HAZMAT incidents occur
  • Use the APIE process during a HAZMAT incident
  • Utilize the Emergency Response Guidebook during a HAZMAT incident
  • Recognize various containers that may contain hazardous materials and list the types of materials most likely contained in them
  • Recognize and interpret DOT labels and placards used to mark hazardous materials in transit
  • Recognize and interpret NFPA labels used to mark hazardous materials in fixed sites


Pre-requisites/Learning Level

HAZMAT Awareness for Healthcare Providers

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community (e.g., equity, income, education, environment)
  • 1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility, and use of health services; access to affordable housing)

CEUs Offered





Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts


Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Speakers or headphones

Registration requirements

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Content creation and/or update

May 2023