Utah Department of Public Safety

Emergency Management - Haz Mat

The Utah Division of Emergency Services & Homeland Security's Hazardous Materials Institute (HMI) isresponsible for the development and delivery of courses designed to meet the needs of hazardous materials first responders throughout Utah. All public-sector emergency response agency personnel are eligible to receive this training at little or no cost to their respective agency.

HMI courses are designed to meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) requirements for emergency response to hazardous chemical and biological incidents as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120 paragraph (q), also known as the HAZWOPER standard. The courses are also designed to meet the National Fire Protection Administration's "Standards for Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents," also known as NFPA 472.

The Hazardous Materials Institute issue certificates of successful completion of courses if a student has met the minimum attendance requirements and passes all examinations associated with the course with a score of 70% or higher. The Hazardous Materials Institute does not certify the competency of any individual who has attended any or all of the offered courses. It is the responsibility of the employer (as per OSHA regulations) to certify the competency of employees who may engage in hazardous materials emergency response operations.

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In order to ensure a productive learning environment, prerequisites have been set for many of the courses. Students applying for a course will need to provide verification that they have met any prerequisites for the desired course.

All courses less than one week in duration (except 24-Hour Operations) may be delivered upon the request of a public or private sector agency or company. A minimum of 15 students is required. The 24-Hour Operations course is delivered primarily to full-time firefighters seeking Firefighter II certification. Therefore, most of the operations courses are taught at fire departments throughout the state on a regional or countywide basis. All other courses are scheduled at least six months in advance. Other courses may have a limit to the number of students who may attend so early application is encouraged.

HMI has a list of approximately 60 adjunct instructors certified by HMI, and their employing agency, to deliver Hazmat Awareness, Operations, and Hazmat Refresher courses to public sector emergency response personnel throughout the state. Contact HMI at 801-538-3400 for the name of instructors in your area.

[Last Update - Friday, 08-Mar-2013 16:25:55 MST]