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Online: LEPC, SERC & REPC Emergency Planning

Local Emergency Planning Committees
Regional Emergency Response Commission
Regional Emergency Response Committees


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.   Incorrect 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 elements.   Topics include:

    What is regulated by the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations, EPA SARA requirements,    NFPA standards and OSHA Globally Harmonized Hazard Communication Standard

    What type of chemical behavior one can anticipate based on knowledge of a spilled materials hazard classification per PHMSA definitions (DOT). 

   Hazard risk labels understanding, placard recognition, bulk package guidance, reading OSHA 16 section SDS, understanding OSHAs 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 shipments.


   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:


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