Those who respond to disaster sites are exposed to some unique workplace hazards. Their working environment is an unpredictable, changing landscape, often fraught with human trauma. There are physical as well as emotional tolls that affect disaster site workers, and being trained and prepared for these eventualities is essential to mitigate their long-term effects.
Who are disaster site workers?
Disaster site workers are both private and public sector employees who provide skilled support services or site clean-up services in response to a disaster. Examples of disaster site workers include; HAZMAT workers, construction and trade workers, utility workers, and public works employees.
Hazard Identification, Avoidance, Control and Prevention
In order to stay safe in such a challenging work environment it is important that workers are adequately prepared. The OSHA Disaster Site Worker Training # 7600 (15 hour) is designed to provide disaster site workers an awareness of the safety and health hazards they may encounter as well as the importance of respiratory and other personal protective equipment. The course includes discussions, planned exercises, demonstrations and presentations that promote the participants’ ability to identify, avoid, control and prevent hazards. Whether the disaster is natural or man-made there are several hazards of which disaster site workers should be aware.
Topics for this training include: incident command system/unified command systems, safety hazards, health hazards, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents, traumatic incident stress awareness, respiratory protection, personal protection equipment, and decontamination. Training materials are adjusted to best represent the audience’s role in responding to a disaster site.
At the end of the training participants will understand the effects of traumatic incident stress and will be able to describe and/or demonstrate ways to reduce this stress.
Most importantly, the instructor will evaluate each participant’s ability to perform the following tasks correctly:
inspection of an air-purifying respirator;
donning and doffing an air-purifying respirator; and
respirator user seal check.
In order to take the OSHA Disaster Site Worker (15 Hour) training, you must first complete an OSHA 10 Hour Outreach training (either General Industry or Construction). If you schedule both the OSHA 10 Hour prerequisite course, and the OSHA Disaster Site Worker (15 Hour) training with United Alliance Services, we will take 25% off of your training fee.
To find out more about the OSHA Disaster Site Worker training and the 25% discount, give us a call at (877) 399-1698.