From: Jack Armstrong <jack**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Why don't we understand HAZWOPER?
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:35:28 -0700
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
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Hello Robert,

I have always depended on you to add a voice of reason to the DCHAS discussions that were going off track. Today's Discussion is not new in this forum, but it is seriously getting off track again and I am surprised that we have not heard from you.

As you probably know, they are discussing about how to respond to a hazmat release. This question has been settled a long time ago with the OSHA HAZWOPER Standard 1910.120. The issues they are struggling with are covered in great detail in the training.

All emergency chemicals release responses (including laboratories) are covered by this standard. The Hazwoper level that determines who should respond to the release is the First Responder Operation (with the required 8 hours of training) they perform Risk Assessment and determine if the release is "Incidental" or requires a higher level of response like a Technician or the Fire Department.

I have got slapped down on the forum before by the moderator, so I am reluctant to say anything, but you have the required creditability to let them know that they should be considering understanding the HAZWOPER Standard and seeking training and compliance.

I ask you to please wake them up.

One of your admirers,

Jack Armstrong

AZ Safety

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