This course prepares students to properly inspect, assemble, and operate Air-Purifying Respirators (APRs) and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). Along with operating standards, students will learn which conditions these respirators are suitable in, and where they are not. In addition to the respiratory system component is the Level-C chemical protective garment overview. Students will be shown proper inspection techniques, donning, operating procedures while in the suit, and doffing.
This course is in accordance with OSHA 24 CFR 1910.120 – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This awareness level training is designed for all personnel who may encounter a hazardous situation, but may not necessarily be called upon to respond to the event. Recognition and initial actions are stressed.
NOTE: This training does not certify the participant as a hazardous materials technician. Additional job-specific training should be provided to those participants who will be expected to take defensive measures in an actual hazardous materials event.
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to:
Module I: All Hazard Awareness for Healthcare Personnel, in the classroom or via webinar or equivalent is strongly recommended.
NOTE: NIOSH regulations state that prior to using any respirator, employees must undergo a medical evaluation to screen for fitness to wear the device.
Fire service, law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public health, health care, and private security
Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
This course is approved for 3 hours of MA OEMS EMT credit at all levels (basic, advanced and paramedic).
This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education.
The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.