The science officer is an important member of the responding resources at a hazardous material incident and must possess technical and analytical skills for the analysis of physical and chemical data, the ability to search the technical literature as well as be able to assess the interaction of hazardous materials with various containers. The Science Officer 2.0 class provides a thorough understanding of the 12 key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials (The HazMat Dirty Dozen) through classroom demonstrations, hands-on experiments and videos of hazardous materials events. Also, Science Officer 2.0 will include actual hazardous material scenarios where students will assess chemical hazards and the appropriate tactical response to those hazards in compliance with advanced chemical risk assessment and analysis competency outlined in Chapter 21 of NFPA 472 (2018). The materials used for the construction of containers for shipping and storing hazardous materials are reviewed. The impact of hazardous materials on the container and the probability of container failure and the mode of container failure during thermal, mechanical and chemical stress events are analyzed using information from hazardous materials incidents and research studies. The correlation between the stress-induced changes in key physical and chemical properties of hazardous materials and the stages of the General Hazardous Materials Behavior Model is reinforced though demonstration and review of hazardous materials incidents. Students will work in teams on tabletop scenarios adapted from actual hazardous materials events to provide the IC with recommendations for PPE, Zones and Perimeters Delineation, Monitoring, Decontamination, Respiratory Protection, Site Safety Plan, Evacuation vs Shelter-in-Place, etc.
The student will learn and use the skills outlined in Chapter 21 of NFPA 472 (2018) to conduct an advanced hazard and risk assessment.
The student will use an Advanced Risk Assessment and Analysis Worksheet as part of the APIE process to provide information to the IC.
The student will review actual incidents using the worksheet and APIE process and report their strategy and tactics to the class.