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Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

HAZMAT responders at the Technician level are trained to respond to releases or potential releases in an offensive fashion. Unlike responders at the First Responder Operations (FRO) level who will seek to contain and isolate a release at a distance from the point of origin, workers at the Technician level will take steps to control or stop the release at its source.

Hazmat technicians are typically members of Hazmat Teams, which are also known as Spill Response Teams, or Emergency Response Teams, when they respond to chemical spills. This training is also referred to as Hazmat Tech, Level III Responder, Industry Tech, or any combination of these terms.

OSHA requires HAZMAT Technicians to have a minimum of 24 hours of training in accordance with section (q) of the HAZWOPER regulation.

Who Should Take This Course?

This OSHA 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Online (w/prior FRO) course is designed to help first responders meet the OSHA HAZWOPER requirements for HAZMAT Technician training. This course is meant for initial HAZMAT Technician training only. For refresher training, please visit our 4 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher or 8 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher training page.

Course Format

This course includes 16 hours of online training combined with prior FRO certification training to meet the 24-hour HAZWOPER training requirement.

OSHA requires workers to have adequate training in the use of specialized equipment in a training environment prior to using it in a hazardous environment. For this reason, additional, company-specific training in the use of worksite-specific equipment may be required.

Additional Training

This 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Online (w/prior FRO) course provides valuable Hazmat Technician training information that applies to a general population of employees. However, this course is not meant to replace company-specific or function-specific training provided by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, policies and procedures, and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

This training requires annual recertification. You can receive this training by taking our 4 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher or 8 Hour HAZMAT Technician Refresher course.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.


This OSHA 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Online (w/prior FRO) course is designed to meet the OSHA HAZWOPER training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii) for construction, as well as any EPA or State OSHA training requirements.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii):

Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. Hazardous materials technicians shall have received at least 24 hours of training equal to the first responder operations level and in addition have competency in the following areas and the employer shall so certify:

  • Know how to implement the employer's emergency response plan;
  • Know the classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment;
  • Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System;
  • Know how to select and use proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician;
  • Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques;
  • Be ale to perform advance control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available with the unit;
  • Understand and implement decontamination procedures;
  • Understand termination procedures; and
  • Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe laws and regulations that apply to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Describe the training requirements for the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Explain the importance of an effective Emergency Response Plan;
  • List the components of an effect Medical Surveillance Program;
  • Implement the Incident Command System as part of an emergency response;
  • Reference the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) as guidance for initial actions at the scene of a hazardous materials incident;
  • Perform effective scene size-up during hazardous materials emergency response;
  • Recognize hazardous materials incidents and research their hazards utilizing various reference sources;
  • Understand basic toxicology principles and how they relate to chemical exposure;
  • Select and utilize proper personal protective equipment (PPE) related to the Hazmat Emergency Responder;
  • Understand medical considerations for wearing Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC);
  • Understand decontamination methods and the principles of decontamination;
  • Understand the physical and chemical properties for hazardous substances;
  • Understand the importance of Site Specific Safety Plan;
  • Perform hazardous substance spill and containment and control techniques;
  • Understand the detection and monitoring tools available to the Hazmat emergency Responder; and
  • Describe incident termination procedures and Post Incident Analysis techniques.


Our Online 24 Hour Hazardous Materials Technician Course is broken down into three 8 Hour Parts:

Part 1 - First Responder Operations

Taken prior with adequate verifiable documentation to show currently refreshed.

Part 2 - Transitioning from a FRO to a Hazmat Technician (Day 2 of 3)

Module # Section # Title
Module 1 1 Introduction to Part 2 The Hazardous Materials Technician
2 Regulatory Requirements for the Hazmat Technician
3 Medical Surveillance and the Hazmat Technician
4 Emergency Response Planning
Module 1 Exam
Module 2 5 Hazmat Incident Command and the Public Sector Response
6 Hazmat Group Functional Leaders
7 Additional ICS Hazmat Group Positions
8 Hazmat Incident Command and the Private Facility Response
Module 2 Exam
Module 3 9 Hazardous Materials Referencing
10 Introduction to Toxicology
11 Toxicology Exposures and Effects
12 Exposure Standards and Guidelines
13 Physical and Chemical Properties
Module 3 Exam
Module 4 14 Site Control
15 Incident Safety
16 Hazard and Risk Assessment
17 Hazmat Technician Mitigation Techniques
18 Hazmat Technician Decontamination
19 Special Considerations
Module 4 Exam
Module 5 20 Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 1
21 Hazmat Incident from Notification to Termination Part 2
22 Summary and Conclusion for Part 2

Part 3 - Responder Equipment and Online Tabletop Exercise. (Day 3 of 3)

Module # Section # Title
Module 1 1 Introduction to Part 3
2 Introduction to Respiratory Protection
3 Types of Respiratory Protection
4 Respirator Video Clips
Module 1 Exam
Module 2 5 Chemical Protective Clothing Overview
6 Medical Considerations for Chemical Protective Clothing
7 Chemical Protective Clothing Program
8 Chemical Protective Clothing Selection
9 Chemical Protective Clothing Classifications
10 Donning Chemical Protective Clothing
11 Doffing Chemical Protective Clothing
12 Decontaminating Chemical Protective Clothing
13 Inspection and Maintenance of Protective Clothing
14 Training and Monitoring for Protective Clothing
15 Level A Video Section
16 Level B Video Section
17 Other Protective Equipment Video Clips
Module 2 Exam
Module 3 18 Gas Detection Basics
19 Preventing Sparks
20 Sensor Technology
21 Types of Gas Detection Systems
22 Colorimetric Tubes and Diffusion Tubes
23 Flammability and CGI's (Combustible Gas Indicators)
24 PIDs and FIDs
25 Other Detection Devices
26 Monitoring and Detection Video Clips
27 Miscellaneous Tools Equipment Video Clips
Module 3 Exam
Module 4 28 Scenario & Exercise
29 Summary and Conclusion


Online/Blended Versions

The Safety Unlimited, Inc. 24 Hour Hazmat Technician training is divided into the following three 8 hour parts.

  • Part 1 - First Responder Operations or FRO training;
  • Part 2 - Transitioning from an FRO to a Hazardous Materials Technician; and
  • Part 3 - Equipment familiarization and scenario exercise.

Options for taking these three Parts include:

* FRO certification must be refreshed within the past year.


This 24 Hour HAZMAT Technician Online (w/prior FRO) course was designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers with your safety and learning as a top priority. It is OSHA accepted and meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) and 1926.56(q)(6)(iii).


Once the course is complete, you will have immediate access to a Course Completion Certificate provided in PDF format that you can download, save, or print.

Mobile Version


We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - If I have had the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training and want to upgrade to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER, do I need to take the entire training over again?

A - No, students that have taken the 24 Hour HAZWOPER course can upgrade to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER level by taking an additional 16 hours of training. This can be accomplished by taking the 16 Hour HAZWOPER Upgrade.

Q - How much time do I have after completing the 24 Hour HAZWOPER training before I must upgrade to the 40 Hour HAZWOPER level?

A - There is no specified time limit within the OSHA regulation. However, it is important that students have completed yearly refresher training sessions.

Q - In reference to the requirement for employees to have "a minimum of one day actual field experience under the direct supervision of a trained experienced supervisor," per the HAZWOPER regulation, can I do some of my training during that time?

A - The one-day requirement of direct supervision has nothing to do with the training requirement. This requirement is meant to ensure newly trained employees are not sent to a work site and left unsupervised but get supervised field experience for at least one day. It is not part of their training period; it is part of their job function period.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.