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What is the Hospital Program?

Oklahoma State University (OSU) CEAT Professional Development Department has produced a course in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) titled “HAZWOPER for First Receivers Certification Course”. This course meets and/or exceeds the requirements and guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This program emphasizes adherence to the January 2005 OSHA release of the Best Practices document.

It can be accessed at the following website:

Who fills out the Hospital HCF Contact Verification Form?

The HCF Contact Verification Form is filled out by the person that will be the primary contact for your hospital regarding this program. Typically this person will be the one in charge of your hospital’s deacon team or emergency preparedness issues. It does not have to be the Hospital CEO.

Who is the proctor?

The Proctor is the person that will actually administer the exams. They are responsible for maintaining confidentiality before, during, and after the exams. They collect and mail the completed exams on the Scantron forms to OSU. The proctor must have already passed the exam or not be scheduled to take the exam within the coming year.

What is needed to use the training DVD?

Only a computer with a web browser and DVD drive are required to use the training DV.

Who takes the “Awareness Level” Course?

It is recommended that any employee who may be in a position to identify patients who have been contaminated with hazardous materials be trained to the “Awareness Level”. Also, employees who will be supporting the “Operations Level” trained employees should be trained to the “Awareness Level.” This State program allows each Health Care Facility (HCF) to train up to 100 employees to “Awareness Level”, at no cost. Please see OSHA Best Practices Table 4 for Training Requirements.

Who takes the “Operations Level” Course?

It is recommended that employees who will be involved in direct contact with contaminated victims, clothing, incoming equipment, or vehicles be trained to the “Operations Level”. Please see OSHA Best Practices Table 4 for Training Requirements.

Do I need to take both Exams?

If you are taking the “Operations Level” exam, you do not need to take the “Awareness Level” exam.

What material can we use during the exams for aids?

For both the Awareness Level and Operations Level Exams you may only use the ERG.

Can we print the exam and use it as a study guide before taking the actual exam?

No. The exam may only be printed by the proctor and shall be kept confidential at all times.

What material should I study to be ready for the exam?

Most exam questions come directly from the handouts that are available to print from the Training DVD. We highly recommend that you view all the video modules in their entirety and study these handouts prior to taking the exams.

How do we send in our exam answers?

The exams will be answered on Scantron sheets supplied by OSU according to the number specified on the HCF Contact Verification form. The Scantron sheets shall be completed with a #2 pencil, signed by the Proctor, and mailed to OSU by the Proctor for grading.

What happens if I fail an exam?

If you fail the exam, you can take a retest. Remember that you must pass the “Operations Level” before being able to register for the Hands-On training class.

When and how do I register for the Hands-On training?

Once you pass the “Operations Level” exam and the Hospital HCF Contact is notified. They will receive the registration form for you to choose your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for Hands-On training dates, times, and locations. The HCF Contact will then send the form back to OSU for scheduling. We will do our best to register you on your first listed date.

How many people can take the Hands-On training per class offered?

Each morning and afternoon course has a maximum of 15 participants each.

If my hospital hosts the training will I be guaranteed a spot in that course?

No. However, the host hospital will be allotted 15 participant slots should they be needed. Please divide your 15 participants between the morning and afternoon courses. The remaining 15 slots will be on a first come, first serve basis.


Where do I take the Hands-On Training?

Visit Training Dates in the left menu to access the Hands-On Training Calendar. All dates that are scheduled are listed, and if available, there will be room numbers and directions. If your location is not listed, please contact us. You must be pre-registered to attend the Hands-On training class. No drop-ins allowed.

How long are the Hands-On training classes?

The morning courses begin with registration at 7:30am and class begins at 8:00am. The afternoon course begins with registration at 12:30pm and class begins at 1:00pm. Both morning and afternoon courses are Four (4) hours long.

Is there any additional information I need before taking the Hands-On training?

It is highly recommended that each person take the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is 700 prior to participating in the Hands-On training. For more information, visit

What equipment is needed to host a Hands-On training class?

In addition to your decontamination unit and supporting equipment, it is suggested that host hospitals provide snacks for participants, along with plenty of ice and water. You should also have your equipment readily available and ready. Have your Decon unit set up prior to the morning class.

Who do we contact if we need additional information?

Visit our Countact Us page.