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THMG117 – NFPA 1072 Unpacked, Part I


In episode, we discuss the newly-minted NFPA 1072.

Complete Show Notes

1:30 NFPA 1072’s Relationship to NFPA 472

  • Created in 2017 and designed to accompany NFPA 472 – they reflect and complement each other
  • NFPA 472 establishes what you need to learn at each level of hazmat
  • Awareness level
    • Anyone who comes across a hazardous material while performing their job
    • OSHA says that anyone who in the course of their job may come across a hazardous material must be able to at the very least recognize that there’s a hazardous material and notify someone
    • This means we need to learn about placards, labels, and SDS sheets
  • Operations level
    • This is the group of people who need to perform some kind of action during a hazmat incident
    • Firefighters fall into this level – they arrive at the scene and know they have to recognize, secure, rescue, and contain
  • Technician level
    • If you’re on any kind of hazmat team, you’re trained at the technician level
    • Lots of factories and industry have technician teams who are trained to handle issues with hazardous materials
  • Incident commander level
    • Trained to run a hazardous materials scene
  • Specialist level
    • NFPA 472 breaks this down into a few different categories
  • Ultimately, NFPA 472 tells you what you need to know at each level, while NFPA 1072 lays out what you actually need to do – goes through competencies so things are done the right way

10:40 Job Performance Requirements (JPR)

  • JPR is a written statement that describes a specific job task, lists the items necessary to complete the task, and defines measurable or observable outcomes and evaluation areas for that task
  • NFPA 1072 helps mold the minimum JPR for all levels of hazmat
  • NFPA 1072 1.2: “The purpose of this standard is to specify the minimum JPR for service at the scene of a hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction incident at the following levels: awareness, operations, operations mission-specific, hazardous materials technician, and incident commander”
  • NFPA 1072 1.2.5: “It is not the intent of this standard to restrict any jurisdiction from exceeding or combining these minimum requirements”
  • Designed to be kind of vague – there are many different skills out there in the hazmat world, and it would be almost impossible to make a list of every activity you should be tested on
  • Goal also isn’t to set a limit on competency – if you’re an employer, you need to make sure that if you have a task that isn’t on this list, that’s not an excuse not to train the person
  • In other words, if you’re leading a team, you need to make sure that individuals with the lowest skill levels are competent in anything covered in NFPA 1072’s JPR
  • JPR have to comply with all state and local laws and protocols in your area

16:30 Awareness Level

  • Awareness is the foundation of the levels covered in NFPA – training builds upon itself, and you have to start with awareness
  • Only required for people who could encounter an emergency involving hazardous materials during their normal duties
  • Need to recognize the presence of hazardous materials or WMDs, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area
  • They need to know all of the levels in hazmat, from awareness and operations to technicians and specialists
  • NFPA 1072 states that awareness-level individuals have to be able to prove they can identify the hazardous materials
  • Need to know class and divisions in the DOT charts and have a really good idea of what a product is by the container’s shape and design
  • You also have to know your NFPA Diamond and know where to go to learn about different products – resources include placards and labels, pipeline markings, shipping papers, the ERG, etc.
  • While the ERG is designed for use by operations level people, an awareness level individual needs to be able to use the ERG as a reference
  • NFPA 1072 requires them to get information from a placard or the container’s ID charts – also need to demonstrate they can obtain similar information from the SDS and shipping papers
  • Once an awareness level individual has recognized a hazmat, they need to create an isolation area and make sure nobody is going to get hurt
  • After identifying the isolation area(s), their job is to deny entry, avoid the hazard, and let someone up the chain know what’s happening

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  1. to correct your pod cast of NFPA 1072 the IC needs to be trained to the Operations level, along with training of being a IC. DOES NOT NEED TO BE TRAINED TO THE TECH LEVEL. You need to read NFPA 472


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