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Event Name: Hazardous Materials Technician
Hosted By: Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)
Event Description:

This 3-day, 24-hour course emphasizes how to properly respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous materials for the purpose of mitigating the release in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(iii). This course is designed for the first responders (firefighters, law enforcement, hazmat team members and environmental personnel responding to emergencies).

Individuals should have awareness and operations level training prior to attending this course.

The course focuses on:

  • Recognizing and evaluating a hazardous materials incident.
  • Organizing the response team and protecting response personnel.
  • Identifying and using response resources and equipment.
  • Implementing confinement, containment and control measures.
  • Refining decision-making skills to protect the public and environment.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Implement an emergency response plan.
  • Classify, identify and verify known and unknown materials using field survey instruments and equipment.
  • Function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System.
  • Select the appropriate specialized chemical personal protective equipment.
  • Understand hazard and risk assessment techniques.
  • Perform advanced control, containment and/or confinement operations.
  • Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
  • Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior.

Topics that are discussed include emergency response plans, characteristics of hazardous materials, toxicology, information resources, container identifications, incident command for hazardous materials, control contain and confinement of materials, chemical protective clothing, monitoring instruments, and decontamination.

Instructional methods used are lectures, class problem-solving sessions, and exercises. Emphasis is on the hands-on use of equipment to practically apply lecture information. Class members will participate in a full scale exercise designed to apply and test the lessons learned during the course. Participants will wear self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) fully encapsulating suits. Individuals who are not participating in a respiratory protection and medical surveillance program should contact Registration and their employer prior to attending this course.

NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT NOTES BELOW.

NOTE: This course meets and exceeds the minimum OSHA requirements of 24 hours of training for a hazardous materials technician.

Continuing Education Units: 2.2|

ABIH (American Board of Industrial Hygienists) has previously awarded CM (Certification Maintenance) credit for this event. The current event contains 22 hours which can be claimed for CM credit.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

IMPORTANT NOTICES – Applicable to all ERTP courses :

  1. ERTP’s receipt of a Trainex course registration is a Registration Request, it is not a Guaranteed Enrollment in the Course. All ERTP training courses require applicant registration thru the Trainex system. Last minute course arrivals without prior ERTP Trainex course registration approval is not permitted. Before ERTP issues final approval to deliver any course and/or any EPA offices incurring expenses for the training event (including but not limited to EPA staff travel TA’s and/or ERTP training contractor expenses incurred), all EPA mandatory pre-approvals must all be met. The pre-approvals include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • Training location’s availability;
    • COVID status and/or other COVID Guidelines in effect for the location, as well as staff;
    • Agency limitations, scrutiny, and approvals of ‘Conference Spending Requirements (known as the “5170”)’ for the specific training course(s) scheduled delivery timeframe;
    • Weather (blizzard, hurricane, etc);
    • Contractual number of available course training slots;
    • EPA training location staff having priority registration over all other registrations; and/or
    • Hosting site Training Coordinator approval.

    In the event a course is subsequently postponed or canceled, or notification of registration cancellation is received, all EPA travel arrangements (airline/car rental/hotel) should be canceled in a timely manner. Registered students will receive a notification via email if/when a course is postponed and/or cancelled.
  2. For in-person course deliveries, confirmed course registered participants must abide by all facility physical access requirements for the location (examples: check-in at the security gate, Federal ID, Government PIV/CAC cards, photo id’s, etc.). If applicable for the course or location, restrictions may apply to non-citizens and acceptable identification may be required for facility entry.
Event Host:Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)
Additional Information:

Course Dates are 5/8/2023 - 5/9/2023 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday - Tuesday) and 5/10/2023 8:00 am to 11:00 am (Wednesday) Mountain Time 

IMPORTANT: This course is held in conjunction with Air Monitoring for Hazardous Materials (AMFER) held on the remainder of 5/10/2023 and all day 5/11/2023. 
Students must complete both courses to recieve certificates and credits for each course.

Intended for U.S. EPA Region 8 personnel only or by invitation.  

Class hours each day are 8:00 to 5:00, unless otherwise indicated.

Entry Requirements to Federal Facilities - Training Exchange (

Region 8: EPA Region 8 (

Once a registration is approved, the applicant will receive a confirmed enrollment email notification (usually in the form of a confirmed Outlook email calendar event (that is not identified as “Hold the Date”).


*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*


Conference Spending Requirements(known as the “5170”) -Applicable to all ERTP in-person courses & training dates– All EPA staff travel spending will be closely monitored/scrutinized for 5170 cost-monitoring requirements.  All EPA staff registering for the above course registration links are requested to notify the EPA/Region staff identified at the bottom of this webpage in advance and provide the preliminary cost estimate details in writing via email.  The Region POC and/or other EPA staff are responsible for tracking EPA 5170 spending for this training event.  Travel spending includes all funds to be paid for by EPA.  The 5170 conference spending requirement is not applicable to participants external to EPA, where EPA is not funding travel.

EPA travel spending “Project Code for this training event:  The unique project code for this training event is ME0808ER.****


****Participants are responsible for ensuring this code, once it is assigned, is used in the Site Project field under the Accounting tab in Concur.  This code must be used for all travel authorizations, travel vouchers, and local travel vouchers related to this specific training course event.  For the code shown as “TBD”, upon receipt of OCFO’s approval this webpage will be updated to add the approved code.  For TA’s approved in advance, it is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure the TA is amended to add the correct project code(s) and/or MUSTbe added to the final Travel Voucher.  For some back-to-back delivered courses, two different unique travel codes may be required.  If needed, your FCO/Funds Certifying Official can provide assistance to ensure the code is entered correctly in Concur. 

****Note:  ERTP’s training contractors are NOT involved in EPA’s internal 5170 conference spending processes or approvals.  All 5170 related questions are to be forwarded to the Region course POC, or Region Training Coordinator, and/or the EPA ERTP Contracting Officer Representatives (COR’s).

Registration Status: Postponed
Event Begins: May 8, 2023 at 8:00 AM
Event Ends: May 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM
For questions about this event, please contact: Registrar
Phone: 513-251-7669
This event will be held at: US EPA Region 8 Warehouse
5046 West 58th Avenue
Arvada, CO 80002
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Location Contact Information: Ben Sharaf
Phone: 720-483-4215


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