Course Description

The Hazardous Materials Awareness course provides attendees from all backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in essential, awareness-level hazardous materials competencies as defined by NFPA® 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications and NFPA® 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. The Hazardous Materials Awareness course provides students with training to proficiency in identifying hazardous materials; utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) to identify hazardous materials risks and protective actions, utilizing hazard communication documents to identify hazardous materials risks and protective actions, and determining awareness-level personnel and public protective actions.

Course Outline

Target Audience

Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Safety Professionals, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Health, and Federal, State, Local and Tribal agencies.

Prerequisites and Requirements – Non

Learner Outcomes

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify terms and concepts that are applicable to the prevention and deterrence of terrorist and CBRNE incidents.

  • Identify hazardous materials, hazard classes, and response information using the Emergency Response Guidebook, NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical to Hazards and Safety Date Sheets.

  • Discuss selected chemical and biological agents, including the physiological signs and symptoms of exposure, potential sources, indicators of an attack, and physical characteristics.

  • Discuss radiation and radiological materials.

  • Discuss explosives, including the characteristics and the effects of a detonated explosive device.


Instructor Dr. Dennis A. Terpin, Ph.D., is a Retired Senior Industrial Hygienist/Emergency Manager, Hospital Safety Officer, Ebola Team Leader,  University of Illinois Chicago. Dennis is a Voting member of the ASTM F23.65 International Respiratory Protection Committee. His certifications include: Occupational Health and Safety Technologist, Certified Safety Manager, Certified FEMA/DHS Master Level Instructor (CDP), CDP - Instructional Excellence 5.0 Perfect Instructor Award (4 times), Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Certified Fire Officer 1,  State of Illinois Haz-Mat and NIMS ICS Instructor all levels, Certified Fire Instructor, 1 and 2, UIC Emergency Medical Technician Instructor, Incident Commander, Hazardous Materials Technician-Specialist Instructor, Rescue Specialist, Instructor FEMA/DHS Emergency Management Institute, Certified NIMS 100 to 400 Levels Instructor, FEMA/DHS NIMS ICS All Hazards Safety Officer/Instructor - E954, FEMA/DHS NIMS ICS All Hazards Incident Commander/Instructor - E950, FEMA/DHS NIMS ICS All Hazards Operations Section Chief/Instructor – E958, FEMA/DHS NIMS ICS All Hazards Liaison Officer /Instructor – 956, FEMA/DHA Certified Community Emergency Response Team, Train-the Trainer and Program Manager.
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8:00AM to 4:00PM
Feb 16, 2023
Schedule and Location
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Course Fee(s)
general non-credit $199.00
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