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)

  • Standard Table of Contents

    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
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