NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Update to the 2013 NFPA 472 to protect emergency personnel by making sure responders can perform their expected tasks and handle haz-mat/WMD incidents safely and effectively.

Adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents helps reduce accidents, injuries, illnesses, disabilities, and fatalities by ensuring that responders to haz-mat/WMD incidents are up to the task.

NFPA 472 identifies the minimum levels of competence required by responders to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It applies to awareness level personnel, operations level responders, hazardous materials technicians, incident commanders, hazardous materials officers, hazardous materials safety officers, and other specialist employees.

Key changes in the 2013 edition include:

  • Chapter 6 was expanded to include a new mission-specific competency for operations level responders who handle improvised WMD dispersal device disablement/disruption and operations at improvised explosive laboratories.
  • Chapter 15 was expanded to include non-tank vessel information and is renamed Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Marine Tank and Non-Tank Vessel Specialty.
  • New Chapter 16: Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty (formerly Annex E in the 2008 NFPA 472)
  • New Chapter 17: Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Gases Bulk Storage Specialty (formerly Annex F in the 2008 NFPA 472)
  • New Chapter 18: Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Radioactive Materials Specialty (formerly Annex G in the 2008 NFPA 472)

This updated Standard is essential for anyone who responds to hazardous materials/WMD incidents, including fire, rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, private industry, and allied professionals. (Softbound, 105 pp., 2013)

NFPA® 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents 2013 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
3.4 Operations Level Responders Definitions
Chapter 4 Competencies for Awareness Level Personnel
4.1 General
4.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
4.3 Competencies - Planning the Response (Reserved)
4.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
4.5 Competencies - Evaluating Progress (Reserved)
4.6 Competencies - Terminating the Incident (Reserved)
Chapter 5 Core Competencies for Operations Level Responders
5.1 General
5.2 Core Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
5.3 Core Competencies - Planning the Response
5.4 Core Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
5.5 Core Competencies - Evaluating Progress
5.6 Competencies - Terminating the Incident (Reserved)
Chapter 6 Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Mission-Specific Responsibilities
6.1 General
6.2 Mission-Specific Competencies: Personal Protective Equipment
6.3 Mission-Specific Competencies: Mass Decontamination
6.4 Mission-Specific Competencies: Technical Decontamination
6.5 Mission-Specific Competencies: Evidence Preservation and Sampling
6.6 Mission-Specific Competencies: Product Control
6.7 Mission-Specific Competencies: Air Monitoring and Sampling
6.8 Mission-Specific Competencies: Victim Rescue and Recovery
6.9 Mission-Specific Competencies: Response to Illicit Laboratory Incidents
6.10 Mission-Specific Competencies: Disablement/Disruption of Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), Improvised WMD Dispersal Devices, and Operations at Improvised Explosives Laboratories
Chapter 7 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians
7.1 General
7.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
7.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
7.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
7.5 Competencies - Evaluating Progress
7.6 Competencies - Terminating the Incident
Chapter 8 Competencies for Incident Commanders
8.1 General
8.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
8.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
8.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
8.5 Competencies - Evaluating Progress
8.6 Competencies - Terminating the Incident
Chapter 9 Competencies for Specialist Employees
9.1 General
9.2 Specialist Employee C
9.3 Specialist Employee B
9.4 Specialist Employee A
Chapter 10 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Officers
10.1 General
10.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
10.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
10.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
10.5 Competencies - Evaluating Progress
10.6 Competencies - Terminating the Incident
Chapter 11 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Safety Officers
11.1 General
11.2 Competencies ? Analyzing the Incident
11.3 Competencies ? Planning the Response
11.4 Competencies ? Implementing the Planned Response
11.5 Competencies ? Evaluating Progress
11.6 Competencies ? Terminating the Incident
Chapter 12 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Tank Car Specialty
12.1 General
12.2 Competencies ? Analyzing the Incident
12.3 Competencies ? Planning the Response
12.4 Competencies ? Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter 13 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Cargo Tank Specialty
13.1 General
13.2 Competencies ? Analyzing the Incident
13.3 Competencies ? Planning the Response
13.4 Competencies ? Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter 14 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with an Intermodal Tank Specialty
14.1 General
14.2 Competencies ? Analyzing the Incident
14.3 Competencies ? Planning the Response
14.4 Competencies ? Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter 15 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Marine Tank and Non-Tank Vessel Specialty
15.1 General
15.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
15.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
15.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response.
Chapter 16 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty
16.1 General
16.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
16.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
16.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter 17 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Flammable Gases Bulk Storage Specialty
17.1 General
17.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
17.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
17.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
Chapter 18 Competencies for the Hazardous Materials Technician with a Radioactive Material Specialty
18.1 General
18.2 Competencies - Analyzing the Incident
18.3 Competencies - Planning the Response
18.4 Competencies - Implementing the Planned Response
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Biological Agent-Specific Tasks
Annex C Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Chemical Agent-Specific Tasks
Annex D Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Radiological Agent-Specific Tasks
Annex E Overview of Responder Levels and Tasks at Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents
Annex F Definitions of Hazardous Materials
Annex G UN/DOT Hazard Classes and Divisions
Annex H Informational References
Index