Hazmat is an abbreviation for hazardous materials and substances that pose a danger to the public’s health. The material may be poisonous or flammable and would be a danger to life or to the environment if released without precautions.
A hazmat suit is “protective equipment” consisting of a whole-body garment that is impermeable and is worn to protect against the hazardous materials.
Become an AHLS Provider
AHLS stands for Advanced Hazmat Life Support. There are over 17,600 physicians, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals around the world who are prepared to face the medical challenges of hazmat incidents, which could include toxic terrorism and chemical spills and to medically manage patients who have been exposed to hazardous materials.
Students may also come from a industries such as manufacturing, construction, aerospace, automotive, engineering, shipping, and government employees.
Take the Required Course
The University of Arizona offers a 16-hour AHLS Provider Course that is taught by a physician, aboard-certified toxicologist, and other expert instructors who train healthcare professionals to become AHLS Providers and care for hazmat incident victims.
The course starts with a multiple choice pre-test that assesses the participants’ knowledge. That also serves as an excellent study resource for the later multiple choice post-test. Small groups do interactive exercises. Healthcare professionals who receive at least 80 percent on the post-test are then verified as AHLS Providers for a period of four years.
No matter which state you live in, Hazmat School courses satisfy national OSHA, DOT, and DOT training requirements.
Do the Course Online
If it is more convenient for you to take a self-paced online course of 11 modules and three hours of CME, which would be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that you can complete your training on your own schedule, you can earn your certificate that way.
Two Pertinent Organizations
The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT) is an international disciplinary organization with the goal of the advancement of the treatment and diagnosis of Hazmat poisoned patients.
The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety is the federal safety authority that ensures the safe transport of hazardous materials by rail, air, water, and highway.