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Date: July 20, 2015 Author: Brandon Winters

Hazmat Workers

In recent years, the world has witnessed an unprecedented uptick in terrorist attacks, many of which are conducted on a small scale or a medium scale at the local level, and involve insidious biological and/or chemical agents of one kind or another. When terrorist events involve these destructive substances, hazmat workers play a significant role in responding to the events by performing the following incident management techniques that help protect life and property.

Hazmat WorkersIdentifying the Agent of Attack

In order to effectively deal with a chemical-based terrorist attack, hazmat workers must determine what chemicals are involved in the event -- the Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide includes a comprehensive list of common chemicals and steps for how to deal with them. After hazmat responders determine the agent of attack, they are perfectly positioned to carry out the following three steps of managing the incident.   

Establishing a Safety Perimeter

The type of agent that is used in the attack has a significant bearing on the circumference of the safety perimeter. For example, if volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are involved in the attack, the safety perimeter is likely be quite expansive, as VOCs tend to vaporize at room temperature, and cause injuries by wafting through the air, where they are unwittingly inhaled by onlookers.   

Neutralizing the Agent of Attack

Using a reference book such as the Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide can assist hazmat workers with developing a plan for neutralizing the agent of attack. Depending on the substances involved in the event, neutralizing them can require an extensive effort, with the goal being to keep the area of attack as safe and functional as possible while neutralization is performed.     

Defining Clean Up Operations

Hazmat WorkersFor the sake of filing the proper insurance claims in a timely manner, parties that are victims of the attack must have a complete understanding of what must be done to make their properties as safe to inhabit as they were before the catastrophe. Hazmat responders can assist with this process by developing incident reports that outline what measures must be taken and why.      

Interested in Hazmat Operations?

If your career goals include becoming a hazmat worker, Firebooks has the educational resources that you need to perform well in the classroom and during real hazmat incidents. One such resource is the Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide. Because terrorist events commonly involve hazardous substances that hazmat responders must evaluate and contain, hazmat workers are often some of the first responders to terrorist incidents that greatly threaten life and property.  

To start on the exciting career path of becoming a hazmat worker, visit the Hazmat section of our online bookstore and check out the Hazmat Chemistry Study Guide and our many other educational resources for this special line of work. Start studying for hazmat operations today!
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