· Have the ability to develop a site safety and control
· Understand chemical, radiological and toxicological
terminology and behavior.
4.2.5 Hazardous materials branch officer must demonstrate
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competencies including, but not limited to:
· Ability to analyze the magnitude of the problem and
estimate the potential outcomes.
· Know how to plan a response taking into account the
abilities of the available personnel and equipment.
· Ability to implement a response that will improve the
outcomes consistent with standard operating procedures
and the local emergency response plan.
· Know how to evaluate the on-going progress of the
plan implementation and to adjust the plan accordingly.
· Know how and when to terminate the incident
including, critiques, debriefings, and reports.
4.2.6 Safety officer (also known as Hazardous Materials Branch
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Safety Officer in NFPA) must demonstrate competencies
including, but not limited to the ability to:
· Determine the magnitude of the safety problems
involved in the incident.
· Identify the safety considerations for the response plan.
· Monitor the safety of personnel involved in the
· Evaluate the progress of the plan implementation as to
deviations from safety considerations.
· Upon incident termination, provide reports, debriefings,
and critique of safety.
4.2.7 Incident commander - The employer shall certify that the
incident commanders have received at least 24 hours of
training equal to the first responder operations level and, in
addition, have competencies including, but not limited to:
· Know and be able to implement the employer's incident
· Know how to implement the employer's emergency
· Know and understand the hazards and risks associated
with employees working in chemical protective
· Know how to implement the local emergency response
Details on these and other required competencies are found in NFPA 472, Chapter 7.