HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAM - Hazarddous Materials Response Team PDF Print E-mail
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The actual operations at a hazardous materials incident can be quite complicated and time-consuming, so the SCHMRT must act quickly and precisely to determine the chemicals involved and their hazards. Chemical identification can be accomplished, if a sample is available, by utilizing Haztech's Hazcat chemical identification kit. Through a series of basic chemistry experiments and the use of a specialized flow chart, chemicals can be narrowed down to a hazard group, or even to the specific chemical.HazMat-7

The majority of hazardous materials incidents require that the air be monitored for chemicals, flammability, and oxygen content. To accomplish this, the team uses a collection of specialized instruments including a Photo Ionization detector (PID); Flame Ionization Detector (FID); CMX, TMX, and CL266 meters; and Sensidyne tubes. Potential radiation emergencies are monitored with Civil Defense meters, a Victoreen Ion Chamber Survey Meter, and a Victoreen Thyac V Survey Meter.



The personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by team members include Level "A" fully encapsulating entry suits (Standard Safety PVC and CPE, Kappler Reflector and Responder), Level "B" suits (CPF IV and CPF II), self contained breathing apparatus (MSA 4500), "hazproof" and HAZMAT boots, and Nomex fire-resistant coveralls.

When the team leaves the "hot zone," they must be decontaminated and medically evaluated before they can return to work. Once the incident is stabilized, a hazardous waste cleanup contractor is called to remove the hazardous residue. The SCHMRT will not clean up the spill or take possession of any contaminated material. This is the responsibility of the spiller or property owner.



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