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Emergency Response to Agricultural Incidents Course
Bill Basham, Lead Instructor

Our Emergency Response courses are geared exclusively towards the needs of agrichemical personnel. This course will fulfill the OSHA training requirement for employees responding to spills of agrichemicals and fertilizers.

The course materials will include a great deal of "hands-on" training and exercises. Exercises will involve the use of real equipment such as a Terra-Gator, Spra-Coupe, bulk chemical tank, mini-bulk tanks and warehouse scenario.

Asmark Institute has contracted with Bill Basham to help provide this training at our facility in La Vergne, Tennessee. This "one-of-a-kind" course has received excellent reviews from over 2,300 participants. This course was developed as a direct result of the feedback gathered from our customers. We have made every effort to bring you the most practical, interesting and economical way to comply with this OSHA requirement.
Training Center in LaVergne, TN
Training Center in La Vergne, TN
Training Center in LaVergne, TN
Training Center in La Vergne, TN

Reason For This Training
OSHA issued the rule on the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HazWoper) in 1986. The standard is found at 29 CFR 1910.120 and was originally believed to apply to “waste operations.” It was only when OSHA published a guidance document for its inspectors in the fall of 1994 that the rule was definitely interpreted to apply to our industry.

The standard links the amount and type of training required to an employee’s potential for exposure to hazardous substances during emergency response or clean-up operations. The appropriate amount and type of training is required before any person may legally participate in the emergency response or clean up of a hazardous substance.
HazWoper Training

HazWoper Training
Levels of Training

Awareness Level
All facility employees with the potential for contact with hazardous substances during an emergency must complete this level. These employees are individuals who are likely to discover a release of a hazardous substance and through this training would take no other actions than to notify the proper facility management. (This level of training is usually fulfilled by the facility’s normal training program.)

Operations Level
All facility employees with responsibilities to respond to releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment must complete this level. These employees would be trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. (Training requirement is 8 hours of training and competency. This level of training is usually fulfilled by the facility’s normal training program.)
HazWoper Training
HazWoper Training
Technician Level
All facility employees with responsibilities to respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances for the purpose of stopping the release must complete this level. These employees would be trained to approach the point of release to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. (Training requirement is 24 hours of formal training, 8 hours of field experience and competency.)

Incident Command Level
Any facility employee with responsibilities beyond the first responder awareness level and who could potentially assume control of an incident must complete this level. These employees would be trained on the incident command system and would be capable of coordinating the on-scene operations. (Training requirement is 24 hours formal training, 8 hours of field experience and competency.)
Who Should Have This Training
Every employee is required to be trained to one of the levels listed. Each facility should have at least one or more people trained to the Technician and Incident Command Levels. Some of the other people who are required to have this training are UPS drivers, insurance adjusters, manufacturing personnel and freight terminal personnel.
About This Course
This course is designed specifically for the personnel working at an agrichemical facility. It will provide the information and skills needed to recognize, evaluate and control an incident involving the release or potential release of the substances routinely found at an agrichemical facility.

The focus of this course is on:
  • Coordinating emergency responses with the regulatory agencies
  • Recognizing and evaluating an incident
  • Organizing the response effort
  • Protecting the response personnel
  • Identifying and utilizing response resources
  • Proper spill reporting procedures
  • Implementing basic control measures
  • Developing and refining decision-making skills; and
  • Implementing the facility emergency response plan
HazWoper Training
HazWoper Training

After the course, participants will be able to:
  • Participate in the decision making process with the emergency response and regulatory officials such as EPA, DOT, and OSHA.
  • Select the appropriate personal protective equipment for responding to an incident involving hazardous substances.
  • Use confinement and containment techniques to control releases.
  • Analyze releases or other emergency response situations.
  • Exercise proper spill reporting procedures.
  • Assess the potential risks of emergency response situations.
  • Understand the basic operation of atmospheric testing equipment.
  • Understand the issues associated with “hazardous wastes” and their proper disposal.
NOTE: One of the most positive messages derived from this course is the importance of incident prevention and emergency planning.
"Hands-On" Training
Instructional methods used are lectures, class problem-solving sessions, and exercises. Emphasis is on the hands-on use of equipment to apply the information presented in this course. Class members will participate in several simulations designed to apply and test the lessons learned during the week. Participants will train and exercise utilizing the equipment found at the typical agrichemical facility.

NOTE: This course meets and exceeds the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement 29 CFR 1910.120(q) of a minimum 24 hours of training for the “Technician Level” and 8 hours of “Incident Command” training.
Training Dates & Location
All full course training will be performed at Asmark Institute’s facility located in La Vergne, TN. The dates of training can be found by using this calendar. All classes are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
HazWoper Training
HazWoper Training
Once confirmed, participants will be sent more information regarding dress, lodging, meals, local entertainment, etc. Each participant will receive a confirmation packet with all the information needed to prepare for this course.
The cost for this course will be $450.00 per participant. This includes the 4 days of customized training, personal protective equipment, exercises, instructional manual, handouts and certificate upon completion.
Please use this calendar to enroll in the course of your choice. Classes will be limited to 26 participants and reservations will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Cancellations are non-refundable, but substitutions are welcome. Asmark Institute reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment.