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  • Description

    Learn the competencies and professional qualifications for hazardous materials and WMD responders, as well as for emergency medical services personnel responding to incidents, with NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders.

    NFPA 470, which serves to consolidate information on the professional qualifications of emergency responders, is made up of three former standards:

    • NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
    • NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents
    • NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications

    The 2022 edition of NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, is the first edition of the document.

    The updates made, in addition to the consolidation of the three previous standards, include the following:

    • Terminology was updated to align with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and NFPA 3000™, Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program.
    • Two new chapters were added (Chapters 17 and 19) to align the competencies and professional qualifications for hazardous materials officers and hazardous materials safety officers.
    • Chapter 33 was updated to add professional qualifications language for hazardous materials technicians specializing in radiological hazards at hazardous materials/WMD incidents.
    • References were added in Annex A to NFPA 1891, Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Hazardous Materials, CBRN, and Emergency Medical Operations Clothing and Equipment, to provide additional information on the selection, care, and maintenance of chemical protective clothing.
    • Annex D, Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Radiological Agent-Specific Tasks, of the 2018 edition of NFPA 472 was converted to mandatory text and moved to Section 8.10, Mission-Specific Competencies: Radiological Hazard-Specific Tasks.

    Utilize these sequential requirements and qualifications to ensure first responders to hazardous materials and WMD incidents know exactly what their responsibilities are.

    NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, was consolidated from previous documents to increase usability, reduce errors and conflicts, and produce a higher quality standard. For more information on the NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) consolidation project, visit nfpa.org/errs.

    Stay up to date on the newest professional qualifications and competencies for emergency responders at hazardous materials or WMD incidents by placing your order for NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, today. (Print, 219, 2022)

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 470 Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, 2022 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Equivalency.
    1.5 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 Hazardous Materials Responder Level Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Awareness Level Personnel (NFPA 472)
    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 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Awareness Level Personnel (NFPA 1072)
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Recognition and Identification.
    5.3 Initiate Protective Actions.
    5.4 Notification.
    Chapter 6 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders (NFPA 472)
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    6.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    6.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    6.5 Competencies — Evaluating and Reporting Progress.
    6.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 7 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders (NFPA 1072)
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Identify Potential Hazards.
    7.3 Identify Tactics.
    7.4 Action Plan Implementation.
    7.5 Emergency Decontamination.
    7.6 Progress Evaluation and Reporting.
    Chapter 8 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders Assigned Mission-Specific Responsibilities (NFPA 472)
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Mission-Specific Competencies: PPE.
    8.3 Mission-Specific Competencies: Mass Decontamination.
    8.4 Mission-Specific Competencies: Technical Decontamination.
    8.5 Mission-Specific Competencies: Evidence Preservation and Public Safety Sampling.
    8.6 Mission-Specific Competencies: Product Control.
    8.7 Mission-Specific Competencies: Detection, Monitoring, and Sampling.
    8.8 Mission-Specific Competencies: Victim Rescue and Recovery.
    8.9 Mission-Specific Competencies: Response to Illicit Laboratory Incidents.
    8.10 Mission-Specific Competencies: Radiological Hazard-Specific Tasks.
    8.11 Mission-Specific Competencies: Disablement/Disruption of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Improvised WMD Dispersal Devices, and Operations at Improvised Explosives Laboratories.
    8.12 Diving in Contaminated Water Environments.
    8.13 Mission-Specific Competencies — Evidence Collection.
    Chapter 9 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations Level Responders Assigned Mission-Specific Responsibilities (NFPA 1072)
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Personal Protective Equipment.
    9.3 Mass Decontamination.
    9.4 Technical Decontamination.
    9.5 Evidence Preservation and Public Safety Sampling.
    9.6 Product Control.
    9.7 Detection, Monitoring, and Sampling.
    9.8 Victim Rescue and Recovery.
    9.9 Response to Illicit Laboratory Incidents.
    9.10 Radiological Hazard-Specific.
    Chapter 10 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians (NFPA 472)
    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 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians (NFPA 1072)
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Analyze the Incident.
    11.3 Response Planning.
    11.4 Action Plan Implementation.
    11.5 Evaluating and Reporting Progress.
    11.6 Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 12 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Commanders (NFPA 472)
    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.
    12.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 13 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident Commanders (NFPA 1072)
    13.1 General.
    13.2 Analyze the Incident.
    13.3 Plan the Response.
    13.4 Implement the Incident Action Plan (IAP).
    13.5 Evaluate Progress and Adjust IAP.
    13.6 Termination of the Incident.
    Chapter 14 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Specialist Employees (NFPA 472)
    14.1 General.
    14.2 Specialist Employee C.
    14.3 Specialist Employee B.
    14.4 Specialist Employee A.
    Chapter 15 Reserved
    Chapter 16 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Officers (NFPA 472)
    16.1 General.
    16.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    16.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    16.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    16.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress.
    16.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 17 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Officers (NFPA 1072)
    17.1 General.
    17.2 Analyze the Incident.
    17.3 Planning the Response.
    17.4 Action Plan Implementation.
    17.5 Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 18 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Safety Officers (NFPA 472)
    18.1 General.
    18.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    18.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    18.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    18.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress.
    18.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 19 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Safety Officers (NFPA 1072)
    19.1 General.
    19.2 Analyze the Incident.
    19.3 Plan the Response.
    19.4 Implement the Action Plan Within the IAP.
    19.5 Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Response.
    19.6 Terminate the Incident.
    Chapter 20 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Tank Car Specialty (NFPA 472)
    20.1 General.
    20.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    20.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    20.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    20.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    20.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 21 Reserved
    Chapter 22 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Cargo Tank Specialty (NFPA 472)
    22.1 General.
    22.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    22.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    22.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    22.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    22.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 23 Reserved
    Chapter 24 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with an Intermodal Tank Specialty (NFPA 472)
    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)
    Chapter 25 Reserved
    Chapter 26 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Marine Tank and Non-Tank Vessel Specialty (NFPA 472)
    26.1 General.
    26.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    26.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    26.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    26.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    26.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 27 Reserved
    Chapter 28 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Flammable Liquids Bulk Storage Specialty (NFPA 472)
    28.1 General.
    28.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    28.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    28.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    28.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    28.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 29 Reserved
    Chapter 30 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Flammable Gases Bulk Storage Specialty (NFPA 472)
    30.1 General.
    30.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    30.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    30.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    30.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    30.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 31 Reserved
    Chapter 32 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Radiological Hazard Specialty (NFPA 472)
    32.1 General.
    32.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    32.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    32.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    32.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress.
    32.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 33 Professional Qualifications for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Radiological Hazard Specialty (NFPA 1072)
    33.1 General.
    33.2 Analyze the Incident.
    33.3 Response Planning.
    33.4 Action Plan Implementation.
    Chapter 34 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with an Advanced Monitoring and Detection Specialty (NFPA 472)
    34.1 General.
    34.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident. (Reserved)
    34.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    34.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    34.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    34.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 35 Reserved
    Chapter 36 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Consequence Analysis and Planning Specialty (NFPA 472)
    36.1 General.
    36.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    36.3 Public Protection Actions.
    36.4 Wide Area Monitoring and Sampling.
    36.5 Drinking Water Contamination.
    36.6 Open Sources Information.
    36.7 Operational Security (OPSEC).
    36.8 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    36.9 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 37 Reserved
    Chapter 38 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with an Advanced Chemical Risk Assessment and Analysis Specialty (NFPA 472)
    38.1 General.
    38.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    38.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    38.4 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    38.5 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 39 Reserved
    Chapter 40 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with an Advanced Product Control Specialty (NFPA 472)
    40.1 General.
    40.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident. (Reserved)
    40.3 Competencies — Planning the Response. (Reserved)
    40.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response. (Reserved)
    40.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    40.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 41 Reserved
    Chapter 42 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with a Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialty (NFPA 472)
    42.1 General.
    42.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    42.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    42.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    42.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress. (Reserved)
    42.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 43 Reserved
    Chapter 44 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Technicians with an Advanced Decontamination Specialty (NFPA 472)
    44.1 General.
    44.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    44.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    44.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    44.5 Competencies — Evaluating Progress.
    44.6 Competencies — Terminating the Incident. (Reserved)
    Chapter 45 Reserved
    Chapter 46 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Basic Life Support (BLS) Responders (NFPA 473)
    46.1 General.
    46.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Incident.
    46.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    46.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    46.5 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 47 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responders (NFPA 473)
    47.1 General.
    47.2 Competencies — Analyzing the Hazardous Materials Incident.
    47.3 Competencies — Planning the Response.
    47.4 Competencies — Implementing the Planned Response.
    47.5 Competencies — Terminating the Incident.
    Chapter 48 Competencies for Hazardous Materials/WMD Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responders Assigned Mission-Specific Responsibilities (NFPA 473)
    48.1 General.
    48.2 Mission-Specific Competencies — Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to a Hazardous Materials/WMD Team.
    48.3 Mission-Specific Competencies — Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to Provide Clinical Interventions at Hazardous Materials/WMD Incident.
    48.4 Mission-Specific Competencies — Advanced Life Support (ALS) Responder Assigned to Treatment of Smoke Inhalation Victims.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Explanation of the Professional Qualifications Standards and Concepts of JPRs
    Annex C An Overview of JPRs for Hazardous Materials/WMD Response Personnel (NFPA 1072)
    Annex D Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Biological Agent–Specific Tasks (NFPA 472)
    Annex E Competencies for Operations Level Responders Assigned Chemical Agent–Specific Tasks (NFPA 472)
    Annex F Overview of Responder Levels and Tasks at Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents (NFPA 472)
    Annex G Definitions of Hazardous Materials (NFPA 472)
    Annex H UN/DOT Hazard Classes and Divisions (NFPA 472)
    Annex I Toxicity Analysis and Antidote Tables (NFPA 473)
    Annex J National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFPA 1072)
    Annex K Informational References
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