LEPC, SERC & REPC
Local Emergency Planning
Regional Emergency Response Commission
Regional Emergency Response Committees
INITIAL COURSE "LEPC"
Recorded Course - Available On Demand
LEPC and SERC Responders require tools and knowledge to act quickly and
safely to mitigate a hazmat incident.
REPC Planners require the knowledge and tools to assist the LEPC and
help protect human heath and the environment.
The U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) requires shippers and
transporters of hazardous materials to provide hazard communication
information with each shipment.
This hazard communication information is intended to be used by spill
responders in order to safely mitigate a hazmat incident.
During the first few crucial hours of a hazmat incident, Incident
Commanders and Responders must make key decisions in how to approach and
handle the incident.
decisions can have devastating results for the health and safety of the
responder, the public, to the community and the environment.
This online course provides local, regional and state emergency response
team members with an explanation of key DOT HMR hazard communication
What is regulated by the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations, EPA SARA
requirements, NFPA standards and OSHA Globally
Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard
type of chemical behavior one can anticipate based on knowledge of a
spilled material’s hazard classification per PHMSA definitions (DOT).
Hazard risk labels understanding, placard recognition, bulk package
guidance, reading OSHA 16 section SDS, understanding OSHA’s pictograms
and determining potential hazards to the public and responders.
How to read an interpret hazard information described on a shipping
papers (BOLs, manifests, etc) that accompanies a hazardous materials
Understanding the DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
Spill response apps and EPA reference documents that describe hazardous
properties of chemicals.
The course also includes several realistic spill scenario exercises that
utilizes DOT Hazardous Materials information in making informed
decisions on how to safely bring the hazmat incident to a conclusion.
Students may stop and restart this course at their own pace. The course
consists of video, practice problems and an examination. Students should
allocate approximately 4 to 5 hours at the computer in order to complete
this course. Upon successful completion of an online test, students will
be issued a certificate. Students can always call or e-mail an
instructor while working on course materials.
U.S. DOT Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issues grants to public and
private sectors for Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness training.
For more information see: