Haz Mat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP)

HDP Training

Hands-on Training

PETE’s HDPTP supports several partners and any CCCHST member who desires to participate. PETE’s partners include (1) the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute (HMTRI), Davenport IA; (2) Barton Community College, Grandview Plaza, KS responsible for providing OSHA’s Disaster Site Worker 15-hour course at PETE’s Disaster Preparedness Instructor Institute (DPII); (3) Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL, for hosting the DPII and providing a model training grounds; and (4) other targeted training partners across the nation, including OAI/BPSOS/Mendez Environmental/Greater Miami Service Corps, protecting the Gulf; CERT High School/AmeriCorps based in Wisconsin; Puerto Rico’s PathStone Corporation; Prince William Sound College in Alaska; Tribal Colleges led by Saginaw Chippewa College in Michigan; and Pacific Rim Colleges led by Guam Community College.

Instructors completing DPII are also invited to complete a one-week Disaster Response Internship with another partner, Colorado Baptist Relief (CBR), a member of the Southern Baptist Convention with more than 40 state relief missions providing disaster relief to the nation and Canada.

Instructors completing DPII return to their communities to train and prepare others. Each year they train a minimum 1,500 community college students, alternative/technical high school students, Brownfields students, first responders and community volunteers to respond to local haz mat disasters offering 140 courses and 20,000 contact hours of local training annually.

Disaster Preparedness Instructor Institute (DPII)

The five-day program includes OSHA’s 15-hour Disaster Site Worker, Hazardous Awareness and Communications, Incident Command, and extensive hands-on exercises. OSHA’s Disaster Site Worker Outreach Training Program provides necessary training to workers who provide skilled support (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or clean-up services in response to natural and/or man-made disasters. All workers at disaster sites need to be aware of the differences between disaster sites and regular construction or demolition worksites. They must also be able to inspect, don, and doff air-purifying respirators. This program is for trainers. It will prepare them to deliver instruction to disaster site workers.

Topics include:

HDP Training

Simulated Exercises

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Decontamination
  • Health & Safety Hazards
  • Hand & Power Tool Safety and Operation
  • Search & Rescue
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Site Assessment
  • Debris Management

The course is held at Indian River State College – Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex – Fort Pierce, FL. The training is being supported with funding from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA Disaster Site Worker card, not the OSHA Disaster Site Worker Train-the-Trainer authorization.

Completion of the 10- or 30-hour OSHA Construction or General Industry Outreach Training Program is a prerequisite.  Being a current OSHA outreach trainer for General Industry or Construction will also be accepted.  Applicants must provide a copy of their 10/30 or current trainer card with their application.

You must complete an online application.   For more information, contact Patti Thompson at (319) 721-1509 or pattijthompson@gmail.com.