FRSC202 Hazardous Materials

Department of Professional Studies: Fire Science

I. Course Number and Title
FRSC202 Hazardous Materials
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
2250
IV. Prerequisites
FRSC100 (C or better) or permission of the Department of Public Safety.
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
  1. Students having the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to test for Professional Certification (ProBoard) in accordance with NFPA 472 to the Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Level.
  2. This course may be completed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) if the student has ProBoard and/or IFSAC Professional Certification to the Hazardous Materials Technician Level or Hazardous Materials Incident Commander Level, in accordance with NFPA 472.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces the student to the chemical and physical characteristics, hazards, and combustibility of the most commonly encountered hazardous materials. Students learn how hazardous materials can influence fire development and spread, as well as how to manage hazardous materials at the incident scene.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. Identify and describe the nine classifications of hazardous materials;
    2. Describe the basic chemical and physical properties of gases, liquids, and solids;
    3. Prepare the appropriate response objectives to a hazardous material incident; and
    4. Define and describe decontamination process, termination procedures, and debriefing of the hazardous material incident.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. General Characteristics of Hazardous Materials
      1. Basic chemical properties
      2. Physical properties
    2. U.S. Department of Transportation hazard classes and their divisions
      1. Identification of hazardous materials by container shape and size
      2. Identification of hazardous materials by transportation placards
      3. Identification of hazardous materials by shipping documents
      4. Identification of hazardous materials by Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
      5. Identification of hazardous materials by material safety data sheets / safety data sheets (MSDS / SDS)
    3. Hazardous Materials in Fixed Facilities
      1. Identification of hazardous materials by location and occupancy
      2. Identification of hazardous materials by container shape and size
      3. Identification of hazardous materials by NFPA 704 System
      4. Identification of hazardous materials by Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
      5. Identification of hazardous materials by material safety data sheets / safety data sheets (MSDS / SDS)
    4. Response Guidelines
      1. Utilization of North American Emergency Response Guidebook
      2. Utilization of NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
      3. Utilization of NFPA Fire Protection Guide to Hazardous Materials
    5. Prior to the Incident
      1. Preplan
      2. Risk analysis
      3. Resources
    6. Hazardous Materials Incident
      1. Incident analysis
      2. Incident Action Plan (IAP)
      3. Transferring of command/control
      4. Decontamination
      5. Documenting the incident
      6. Incident termination
    7. Post Incident
      1. Debriefing
      2. Critique
      3. Reporting and documenting the incident
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Students satisfy the course learning goals via class discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and/or performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -11/00; course number revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015; Revised 6/2016