- Brandy Mays
- Assistant Department Manager/Program Coordinator
- 1 (405) 744-9228
We have developed course work which meets and/or exceeds OSHA and Joint Commission (JCAHO) standards for First Receivers at the Awareness Level.
The HAZWOPER First Receivers Awareness Level course has a distinct target audience. We based our curriculum directly from OSHA’s Best Practices for Hospital-Based First Receivers of Victims from Mass Casualty Incidents Involving the Release of Hazardous Substances, 2005 and from the Hazardous Waste Site Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard found in 29CFR 1910.120.
Based on these federal regulations we recognize that First Receiver Awareness Level Training is required for those employees who work in the contaminant-free Hospital Post-Decontamination Zone, but might be in a position to identify a contaminated victim who arrived unannounced. This group includes Emergency Department (ED) clinicians, ED clerks, and ED triage staff who would be responsible for notifying hospital authorities of the arrival, but would not reasonably be anticipated to have contact with the contaminated victims, their belongings, equipment or waste. The group also includes decontamination system set-up crew members and patient tracking clerks, if their roles do not put them in contact with contaminated victims, their belongings, equipment, or waste (e.g., setting up the decontamination system before victims arrive, or tracking patients from a location outside of the decontamination zone).
First Receiver Awareness Level Training also is required for hospital security guards who work away from the Hospital Decontamination Zone, but who may be involved tangentially in a mass casualty event (specifically, those security personnel who could not reasonably be anticipated to come in contact with contaminated victims, their belongings, equipment or waste). We, through our experience working with numerous hospitals have been told that this Awareness Level can include anyone who can be noted as the first point of contact to anyone arriving at your facility or campus. Specifics and supporting documentation to support this statement can be found in OSHA’s Best Practices, Table 4, Training for First Receivers.
When you register for an online course, you will receive an email confirmation including a link to the OSU Online Classroom and your username and password. The course is self-paced unless otherwise noted. You have 6 months to complete the course unless otherwise noted. Download the instructional materials and view each video. Exams must be completed with a 70% or better. You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you have successfully completed the course.