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    Editor: Tom McGowan

    Loaded with more facts and expert insights than ever before, the Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook helps you comply with the latest practices for hazmat/WMD response.

    Get the vital information responders need to address hazmat and weapons of mass destruction emergencies safely, competently, and efficiently. Proper response operations are not only essential for the public at large, they are also vital to first responder safety. Developed by NFPA®, the Code source, the expanded and updated 2018 edition of Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook presents a wealth of knowledge in an accessible, easy-to-use format.

    A go-to, all-in-one resource, this vital educational and training tool includes:

    • The complete 2018 editions of NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents and NFPA 473: Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents -- two of the premier resources for training and operational procedures
    • Expert interpretation of and commentary on NFPA 472 and NFPA 473. Get valuable insights and advice that help you understand and apply requirements.
    • New in this edition:
      • The complete text of the first edition of NFPA 475: Recommended Practice for Organizing, Managing, and Sustaining a Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Program
      • The complete text of the first edition of NFPA 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications
    • A set of matrices to help users understand the correlation between the requirements in NFPA 472 and NFPA 1072 in the areas of awareness, operations, operations mission-specific, technician, and incident commander for hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction incident response
    • A new comprehensive glossary of terms from all four documents. Make sure you know what terms mean and how they are applied in today's field!
    • Supplements that expand your expertise on issues such as Response to Petrol Drilling (Fracking) and an overview of some of the latest research projects of interest to first responders
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  • Table of Contents (2018 Edition)

    Contents

    Preface

    Contributors

    About the Editor

    Introduction

     

    PART I — NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2018 Edition, with Commentary

     

    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   

     

    Chapter 3 Definitions

    3.1 General  

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions  

    3.3 General Definitions  

    3.4 Operations Level Responders Definitions  

    3.5 Hazardous Materials Technician  

     

    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 Competencies for Operations Level Responders

    5.1 General   

    5.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    5.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    5.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response    

    5.5 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 (PPE)  

    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: Detection, 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 Explosive Devices (IEDs), Improvised WMD Dispersal Devices, and Operations at Improvised Explosives Laboratories  

    6.11 Diving in Contaminated Water Environments  

    6.12 Mission-Specific Competencies — Evidence Collection   

     

    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   

    10 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   

    12.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    12.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    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 Technicians 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   

     

    Chapter 19 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with an Advanced Monitoring and Detection Specialty

    19.1 General  

    19.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident (Reserved)  

    19.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    19.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response   

    19.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

     

    Chapter 20 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Consequence Analysis and Planning Specialty

    20.1 General   

    20.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    20.3 Public Protection Actions  

    20.4 Wide Area Monitoring and Sampling  

    20.5 Drinking Water Contamination   

    20.6 Open Sources Information   

    20.7 Operational Security (OPSEC)   

    20.8 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    20.9 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    Chapter 21 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with an Advanced Chemical Risk Assessment and Analysis Specialty

    21.1 General   

    21.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    21.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    21.4 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    21.5 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    Chapter 22 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with an Advanced Product Control Specialty

    22.1 General   

    22.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident (Reserved)  

    22.3 Competencies — Planning the Response (Reserved)  

    22.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response (Reserved)   

    22.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    22.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    Chapter 23 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with a Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialty

    23.1 General   

    23.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    23.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    23.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response   

    23.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    23.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    Chapter 24 Competencies for Hazardous Materials Technicians with an Advanced Decontamination Specialty

    24.1 General   

    24.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    24.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    24.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response   

    24.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress (Reserved)  

    24.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident (Reserved)  

     

    Annexes

    A Explanatory Material   

    B Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Biological Agent–Specific Tasks   

    C Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Chemical Agent–Specific Tasks   

    D Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Radiological Agent–Specific Tasks   

    E Overview of Responder Levels and Tasks at Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents   

    F Definitions of Hazardous Materials   

    G UN/DOT Hazard Classes and Divisions   

    H Informational References   

     

    PART II — NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, 2018 Edition, with Commentary

     

    Chapter 1 Administration

    1.1 Scope  

    1.2 Purpose  

    1.3 CDC Categories A, B, and C   

     

    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  

     

    Chapter 4 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Basic Life Support (BLS) Responder

    4.1 General   

    4.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident   

    4.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    4.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response   

    4.5 Reporting and Documenting the Incident   

    4.6 Compiling Incident Reports   

     

    Chapter 5 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder

    5.1 General   

    5.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Hazardous Materials Incident   

    5.3 Competencies — Planning the Response   

    5.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response   

    5.5 Competencies — Terminating the Incident  

     

    Chapter 6 Competencies for Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responders Assigned Mission-Specific Responsibilities

    6.1 General   

    6.2 Mission-Specific Competencies: Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to a Hazardous Materials Team   

    6.3 Mission-Specific Competencies: Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to Provide Clinical Interventions at Hazardous Materials/ WMD Incident   

    6.4 Mission-Specific Competencies: Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to Treatment of Smoke Inhalation Victims  

     

    Annexes

    A Explanatory Material   

    B Toxicity Analysis and Antidote Tables  

    C Informational References   

     

    PART III — NFPA 475, Recommended Practice for Organizing, Managing, and Sustaining a Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Program, 2017 Edition

     

    Chapter 1 Administration

    1.1 Scope   

    1.2 Purpose   

     

    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General  

    2.2 NFPA Publications   

    2.3 Other Publications   

    2.4 References for Extracts in Recommended 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 Laws, Regulations, Consensus Standards, and Guidance Documents

    4.1 Scope   

    4.2 Purpose   

    4.3 Laws  

    4.4 Regulations by Agency  

    4.5 Consensus Standards by Organization   

    4.6 Guidance Documents   

     

    Chapter 5 Risk Assessment

    5.1 Scope  

    5.2 Purpose  

    5.3 Identifying Hazardous Materials/WMD Within an Organization/Jurisdiction  

    5.4 Analyzing the Consequences of a Release   

    5.5 Analyzing the Risk   

     

    Chapter 6 Planning

    6.1 Scope  

    6.2 Purpose  

    6.3 Plan Development  

    6.4 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)   

    6.5 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)/ Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) Planning Components   

    6.6 SOPs   

    6.7 SOGs   

    6.8 Operational Security   

    6.9 Information and Intelligence Sharing   

     

    Chapter 7 Resource Management

    7.1 Scope  

    7.2 Purpose  

    7.3 Personnel   

    7.4 HMRP Types   

    7.5 Supply Management   

    7.6 National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Resource Management   

     

    Chapter 8 Staffing

    8.1 Scope  

    8.2 Purpose  

    8.3 Deployment of Personnel   

    8.4 Resource Typing and Specialty Personnel or Allied Professionals   

     

    Chapter 9 Training

    9.1 Scope  

    9.2 Purpose  

    9.3 Levels of Hazardous Materials Training  

    9.4 Establishing Training Level  

    9.5 Annual Competencies and Refresher Training  

    9.6 Training Program Development  

    9.7 Instructional Design   

    9.8 Training Delivery Models  

    9.9 Training Delivery Methodologies and Models   

    9.10 Training Facilities  

    9.11 Selection and Competence of Instructors   

    9.12 Training and Exercise Safety   

    9.13 Training Records Management   

     

    Chapter 10 Health and Medical

    10.1 Scope  

    10.2 Purpose  

    10.3 Preincident Considerations   

    10.4 Functional Capacity   

    10.5 Response Considerations   

    10.6 Postincident Surveillance    

    10.7 Medical Surveillance Program   

     

    Chapter 11 Financial Management

    11.1 Scope  

    11.2 Purpose  

    11.3 Revenue Sources  

    11.4 Program Costs   

    10 Inventory Control  

    11.6 Cost Recovery  

     

    Chapter 12 Program Influences

    12.1 Scope  

    12.2 Purpose  

    12.3 Influences  

     

    Chapter 13 Developing Relationships

    13.1 Scope  

    13.2 Purpose  

    13.3 Promoting HMRP Capabilities   

    13.4 Coordination with Other Response Entities   

    13.5 Local and State Planning Group Relationships  

    13.6 Private Sector Relationships  

    13.7 Public Relationships   

     

    Annexes

    A Explanatory Material   

    B Informational References   

     

    PART IV — NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2017 Edition

     

    Chapter 1 Administration

    1.1 Scope  

    1.2 Purpose  

    1.3 Application  

    1.4 Units  

     

    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General   

    2.2 NFPA Publications   

    2.3 Other Publications   

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections   

     

    Chapter 3 Definitions

    3.1 General   

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions  

    3.3 General Definitions   

    3.4 Operations Level Responder Definitions  

     

    Chapter 4 Awareness

    4.1 General   

    4.2 Recognition and Identification  

    4.3 Initiate Protective Actions  

    4.4 Notification  

     

    Chapter 5 Operations

    5.1 General   

    5.2 Identify Potential Hazards   

    5.3 Identify Action Options  

    5.4 Action Plan Implementation   

    5.5 Emergency Decontamination  

    5.6 Progress Evaluation and Reporting   

     

    Chapter 6 Operations Mission-Specific

    6.1 General    

    6.2 Personal Protective Equipment  

    6.3 Mass Decontamination   

    6.4 Technical Decontamination  

    6.5 Evidence Preservation and Public Safety Sampling   

    6.6 Product Control   

    6.7 Detection, Monitoring, and Sampling   

    6.8 Victim Rescue and Recovery  

    6.9 Response to Illicit Laboratories   

     

    Chapter 7 Hazardous Materials Technician

    7.1 General  

    7.2 Analyze the Incident   

    7.3 Response Planning   

    7.4 Action Plan Implementation   

    7.5 Evaluating and Reporting Progress   

    7.6 Terminating the Incident  

     

    Chapter 8 Incident Commander

    8.1 General  

    8.2 Analyze the Incident   

    8.3 Plan the Response   

    8.4 Implement the Incident Action Plan (IAP)   

    8.5 Evaluate Progress and Adjust IAP   

    8.6 Termination  

     

    Annexes

    A Explanatory Material   

    B Explanation of the Professional Qualifications Standards and Concepts of JPRs   

    C An Overview of JPRs for Hazardous Materials/WMD Response Personnel   

    D National Fallen Firefighters Foundation   

    E Informational References   

     

    PART V — Glossary

     

    PART VI — Supplements

    Supplement 1 First Responder Considerations/Guidelines for Gas and Petroleum Well Control and Geophysical Incidents, or Incidents at Petroleum Drilling Sites   

    Supplement 2 Fire Protection Research Foundation Project Summaries on Items of Interest to First Responders   

    Supplement 3 Synopsis of White Paper on Risk-Based Selection of Chemical Protective Clothing

    Supplement 4 Fire Service Cancer: NFPA Is On It!   

     

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  • How the NFPA Handbooks Differ from Codes and Standards

    THE NFPA HANDBOOKS DIFFER FROM CODES AND STANDARDS

    Ever wonder what the difference is between an NFPA® handbook and a code or standard? We’re glad you asked.

    NFPA codes and standards both provide requirements for achieving outcomes. Handbooks take a deeper dive, providing the full text of a code or standard as well as expert commentary and features such as graphics, decision trees, testing procedures, case studies, sample forms and checklists, and other helpful aids to give a better understanding of the reasoning behind the requirements and how to apply them.

    JUST REMEMBER:

    • A code or standard is a framework—a set of rules to follow with a goal to achieve a certain result
    • A handbook is a connector—linking requirements to application by helping you understand the reasoning behind a code or standard

    The simplest way to think about it is that codes and standards list the technical requirements while handbooks explain those requirements to clarify how to apply them.

  • Sample Pages (2018 Edition)

    Important information about NFPA codes and standards available


    NFPA® Handbooks are your 'Roadmap to the Codes' with insights and graphics that answer code questions. View these sample pages for a preview of the valuable information you'll access including complete code or standard text; explanatory commentary highlighted in a second color; hundreds of full-color photos, charts, tables and illustrations to clarify concepts; and much more.

    Preview the 2018 Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook

  • 2013 Edition Description

    2013 Editon

    Editor: Tom McGowan

    Work with the newest facts and expert insights so you can comply with the latest practices for haz-mat/WMD response safely and effectively.

    Proper response is essential for emergency responder safety and to those who they serve. Gain the knowledge you need to address emergencies safely, competently, and efficiently with NFPA®'s new 2013 Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook.

    Fully revised and updated to help you meet today's demands, this information-packed Handbook is your all-in-one source for:

    • The entire 2013 editions of NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents and NFPA 473: Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents
    • Expert interpretation of and commentary on code content provide valuable insights and advice that help you understand and apply requirements -- including three new chapters in NFPA 472 concerning technicians with specialties in flammable liquids bulk storage, flammable gases bulk storage, and radioactive materials and a new chapter in NFPA 473 on ALS responders.
    • Fully updated supplements plus a new supplement on Response to Petrol Drilling (Fracking) expand your expertise.
    • Detailed visuals throughout clarify concepts, including charts, illustrations, tables, diagrams, and full-color photos.
    • Vertical rules for new material and deletion bullets help you pinpoint changes in the code.
    • Separate indexes for the Standards and commentary enable easy searches for accurate results.

    Invaluable for emergency responders at every level. Order your copy today!

    No matter what area of the field you work in or whether you're new to job or an seasoned professional, the Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Handbook is an essential tool of the trade. (Hardbound, 704 pp., 2013)

     

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  • Also in NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents