Who Should Take This Course?

Our online HAZMAT First Responder Awareness Level I (FRA) course is designed to help workers meet the OSHA HAZWOPER requirement for HAZMAT First Responder Awareness (FRA) training. This course may be taken as either Initial or annual Refresher training. Training topics include: HAZMAT emergency response; OSHA first responder awareness level competencies; hazardous materials, hazardous substances and hazardous wastes; HAZMAT incidents; ERG training; FRA actions and responsibilities; and more.

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i):

First responders at the awareness level are individuals who are likely to witness or discover a hazardous substance release and who have been trained to initiate an emergency response sequence by notifying the proper authorities of the release. They would take no further action beyond notifying the authorities of the release.

The most current version of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) will be mailed to each student enrolled in this FRA course, as it is required for use during the course. A downloadable version of the ERG is also available to each student.

Students who take the First Responder Operations FRO training are not required to take the OSHA First Responder Awareness FRA training. The FRO course meets the training requirement for both responder levels.

For information on OSHA HAZMAT training requirements or the HAZMAT courses we offer, visit our HAZMAT First Responder Training page.

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Course Outline

This online First Responder class consists of 3 modules and 15 sections which students complete through our Online Training System (OTS). The sections are fully narrated and interactive. Quiz questions within each section help the student retain knowledge that will be needed for the module exams.

Module 1
Section Title
1 Introduction to Hazmat Emergency Response
Purpose of Hazmat training | Hazmat incident occurrences and locations | Emergency response HAZWOPER regulation | Hazmat emergency responder training levels | Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
2 Hazmat Emergency Responders
Awareness level first responders (FRAs) | OSHA FRA required competencies | FRA required training | Types of FRAs | Differences in FRA experience.
3 Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Substances and Hazardous Wastes
OSHA, EPA, and DOT definitions | Hazmat training differences by agency.
4 Recognizing Hazmat Incidents
Hazmat response initial steps | Recognition of markings, container shapes, witness descriptions, DOT placards and labels, and pipeline markers | Suspected hazmat presence.
Exam 1
Module 2
Section Title
5 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) Overview
ERG background and contents | ERG 2012 – Physical book and download | OSHA ERG training requirement | ERG white pages.
6 ERG White Pages Quiz
7 ERG Yellow-bordered & Blue-bordered Pages
Use, overview, and examples | Violent polymerization materials | Toxic inhalation hazard materials.
8 ERG Yellow-bordered & Blue-bordered Pages Quiz
9 ERG Orange-bordered Pages
Safety recommendations | Guide titles and layouts | Potential hazards | Public safety | Emergency response.
10 ERG Orange-bordered Pages Quiz
11 ERG Green-bordered Pages
Toxic inhalation hazard (TIH) | Isolation and protective action distances | Water reactive materials.
12 ERG Green-bordered Pages Quiz
Exam 2
Module 3
Section Title
13 Managing Hazmat Incidents for the FRA
Hazmat incident management | Incident Command System (ICS) | NIMS | Command staff.
14 Basic Actions for all First Responders
FRA hazmat response | FRA safety | Hazards and risk assessment | FRA actions.
15 Summary and Conclusion
First responder safety | Capabilities | Emergency response plan | Additional training.
Exam 3

Course Exams

  • This course includes 3 exams. One exam must be taken at the completion of each module.
  • Each exam consists of 10 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass each exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the modules and sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.

Course Format

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this OSHA First Responder Awareness online course includes up-to-date, high quality training students complete using our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS). The course features interactive training modules, which combine audio and visual elements for maximum retention. The HAZMAT awareness training course is completed entirely online using a computer with an internet connection and is available 24/7. For your convenience, it can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved to the last section completed. Students are given 6 months to complete the course after enrollment. We are so certain you will be satisfied with your experience, that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee*.

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format.


Our online HAZMAT First Responder Awareness Level training course was designed by OSHA Certified Outreach Trainers. It is OSHA accepted and meets the requirements for 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) for general industry and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i) for construction.


Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this online First Responder course are to meet:

  • Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirement of 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) for general industry
  • Federal OSHA HAZWOPER training requirement of 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i) for construction
  • HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA regulations

Per 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) and 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(i): First responders at the awareness level shall have sufficient training or have had sufficient experience to objectively demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • An understanding of what hazardous substances are, and the risks associated with them in an incident.
  • An understanding of the potential outcomes associated with an emergency created when hazardous substances are present.
  • The ability to recognize the presence of hazardous substances in an emergency.
  • The ability to identify the hazardous substances, if possible.
  • An understanding of the role of the first responder awareness individual in the employer’s emergency response plan including site security and control and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook.
  • The ability to realize the need for additional resources, and to make appropriate notifications to the communication center.

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Course Options

This FRA level training course may be taken as either Initial or annual Refresher training. It can also be taken for EMS Continuing Education (CE) credits for an additional $5. The desired course option must be chosen during enrollment.

Course Name Price
HAZMAT First Responder Awareness (FRA) Level I Responder $59.95
HAZMAT FRA Level I Responder Refresher $59.95
EMS-CE (4 Hours) – HAZMAT First Responder Awareness (FRA)
Level 1 Responder
$64.95 $59.95

Continuing Education

This HAZMAT awareness training course is provided by Safety Unlimited and approved by California EMS Provider #56-0013, CAPCE Provider #SUNI10321, for 4 Contact Hours of EMS Continuing Education. If you are taking the course for CE credit, please ensure you enroll in the following course:

Additional Training

Please note that this course provides valuable HAZMAT First Responder Awareness Level I training information which applies to a general population of employees. This course is not meant to replace company-specific or function-specific training provided by your employer on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, policies and procedures and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

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