Basic Hazardous Materials for EMS

Tuesday, October 11
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Most emergency responders are injured or have been killed within the first 5 minutes after arriving on the scene of a hazardous materials incident. For this reason, we will define a hazardous material, discuss five modes of transportation, placards, nine classifications of chemicals, and will look at a few hazardous materials case studies. Most incidents you will respond to will involve injured people that misused the product were unaware of the risk and danger of the chemical. This session will make you aware of the high-risk and low-frequency occurrence of major hazardous materials incidents. Data indicates most chemical injuries involve the anterior portion of the body including the face and hands, and in most incidents, the injury will result in burns, inhalation, skin irritations, and eye irritations. Exposure may be minor, while in most cases injury is serious and medical attention is required.

This session will discuss Meth Labs and Chemical Suicides. This session will include a unique slide show and will review world incidents that will help prepare you should it happen in your area.

This session will review case studies of hazardous material incidents that have occurred in the United States in the last 5 decades.