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The Office of Research and Innovation offers a wide variety of training courses for industry and hazardous materials workers. Programs and training exerices allow students the ability to adapt their skills to the marine environment so as to effectively respond to both manmade and natural events and disasters. All trainees receive a basic understanding of the maritime environment, hazmat/WMD incidents, including NIMS, the role of a responder, how to protect oneself and others, and the skills necessary to support marine emergency response operations.

Participants will be required to develop incident action plans to adapt their skills to a marine incident through interprofessional teams where they will incorporate new skills with prior skills in an action plan.



October 20, 2017

NSU Davie Campus - Carl DeSantis Building
H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business
3301 College Avenue 
Room #2061
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Awareness Course
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Refresher Course

November 15-17, 2017
NSU Fort Myers Campus
3650 Colonial Court
Room #127
Fort Myers, FL 33919

SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Awareness Course (11/15)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Refresher Course (11/15, 11/16, 11/17)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Operations Course (11/16-11/17)


October 18-20, 2017
Galliano, LA

SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Awareness Course (10/18)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Refresher Course (10/18, 10/19, 10/20)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Operations Course (10/19-10/20)

November 8-10, 2017
Galliano, LA

SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Awareness Course (11/8)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Refresher Course (11/8, 11/9, 11/10)
SEAMIST Hazardous Materials Operations Course (11/9-11/10)

  • Hazardous Materials Awareness (8 hours of classroom instruction)

The Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Awareness Training was designed to provide workers employed in maritime-related industries with the skills required by OHSA 29 CFR 1910.120. The eight-hour course engages students through the facilitation of various classroom activities and exercises to reinforce the didactic educational material. The Awareness class curriculum includes the following core content areas: introduction to hazardous materials/WMDs, use of the Emergency Response Guide (ERG), laws and regulations, consensus standards, standard of care, gathering and analyzing information, hazardous materials marking and color system, initiating protective actions, and criminal and terrorist events. Each trainee is supplied with a copy of the 2008 U.S. Department of Transportation ERG as a professional resource. In addition, trainees are also provided with a hard copy and/or electronic copy of the student training Awareness manual.

This course will introduce the student to the laws, standards and regulations that apply to hazardous materials incidents and response and provide the student with information about who to notify and when upon becoming aware of an incident involving hazardous materials. The goal of this course is to recognize a hazardous materials incident, notify appropriate authorities, and maintain the safety of personnel.

  • Hazardous Materials Operations (24 hours Total; 16 hours of Classroom Time/8 hours of Hands-On Exercises)

The Operations course is designed to provide operations level responders with the cognitive knowledge and hands-on skills required by OSHA 1910.120 (q) and the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Guidelines for Public Sector Hazardous Materials Training. This course is applicable to all response personnel from all areas of emergency response, providing the skills necessary to take defensive actions at the scene of an incident involving hazardous materials. Particular emphasis is placed on protecting the responders themselves, the public, property, and the environment. Each trainee in the Operations Course is supplied with a copy of the CDC NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards as a professional resource. This course has been progressively modified and optimized to our target training population through the development of maritime-specific modules including: (i) vessel familiarization, including construction and layout; (ii) container construction; (iii) port organization, responsibilities, and resources; (iv) port environment, characteristics and activities, to include potential ecological and economic impacts, limited and difficult access situations, tides and currents and their impacts on a hazardous materials response, types of port terminal facilities, and selecting a pier for handling a vessel incident. This course now includes multiple field activities in which the students learn to don and doff PPE, decontamination and emergency decontamination, diversion of a hazardous material, adsorption and absorption of a hazardous material, retention/containment of a hazardous material, and boom deployment.

This course will primarily focus on providing personnel with the knowledge and skills to take defensive actions at a scene involving hazardous materials or hazardous waste and in doing so protect themselves, the public, property, and the environment. This level of training involves understanding the appropriate response and implementing that plan to provide a favorable outcome.

  • Hazardous Materials Technician (40 hours total; 24 hours of Classroom Time/16 hours of Hands-On Exercise)

After completing this course, students will be able to safely and effectively operate in a hazardous materials environment. A hazmat technician should be able to analyze a hazardous incident, develop an appropriate response plan, implement the response plan, evaluate the progress of the response and adjust the plan as necessary to favorably change the outcomes, and be able to successfully terminate the response.

The training courses and field exercises provided satisfy minimum requirements as specified in federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) rules and other related regulations as well as the minimum requirements specified in the Minimum Criteria for Worker Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, and the 29 CFR 1910.120 requirements (Basic and Operations level courses) and SARA 126 regulations (Technician/Management level course).

HazMIRTSI Classroom-based Training


Learning Objectives

Marine Response Awareness

The awareness level provides four to eight hours of training for those working in the marine environment trained in the Hazmat Awareness level skills needed to function at their level of training in and around marine incidents.  This is an introduction to the problems associated with marine responses including jurisdiction, operating in the marine environment, terminology, types of ships & facilities, problems unique to marine responses, tactical considerations, safety and incident management.

Marine Response Operations

The operations level provides sixteen hours of training for those working in the marine environment trained at the Hazmat Operations level skills needed to function at their level of training in and around marine incidents.  This training includes the Awareness Level Training and includes port organization and resources, vessel familiarization, vessel construction, specialized resource considerations, initial response assignments, incident management & size-up considerations.

Marine Response Technician

The technicians level provides twenty four hours of training for those working in the marine environment trained at the Hazmat Technician or Hazardous Waste Operations level skills needed to function at their level of training in and around marine incidents.  It covers Awareness and Operations levels skills and in addition provides tactical response guidance for various types of vessel fires, special resource considerations, stability, and post-incident activities.  Detailed tactical techniques for a wide variety of scenarios are discussed and involve a classroom tabletop exercise.

Harbor Incident Response Training

This is a FEMA-approved course provides responders with sixteen hours of combined classroom and hands-on training on how to effectively respond to a CBRNE event aboard a marine vessel or within the nationally defined port area.  This provides responders the knowledge and skills to respond to an incident and operate in the proximity of a vessel or dock area or to provide support functions in the cold and warm zone on board a vessel.


HazMIRTSI Online Training

Learning Objectives

Site personnel, chain-of-command, and communications procedures.

Understand how to implement the local emergency response plan.

Chemical/physical hazards, signs and symptoms of exposure.

Understand and be able to apply hazard and risk assessment techniques.

Understand terminology and behavior of chemicals and their toxic effects.

Emergency alarm system, escape routes, and places of refuge.

Explain the development of a site safety and control plan.

Appropriate contamination control procedures, personal protective equipment, and decontamination.

Understand and implement decontamination procedures.

Know how to select and use proper specialized personal protective equipment.

Criminal/Terrorist Events

Recognize the characteristics which may involve terrorists using hazmat/WMD.  

NIMS Incident Command System

Explain the use of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Be able to function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System

National Preparedness System/Goals

Describe the use of the National Preparedness System (NPS) and goals.

Advanced Decision Making Module-HazReady

Demonstrate the ability to make decisions related to hazmat/WMD simulated incidents utilizing technological training and simulation.

Vulnerabilities of Coastal Installations

Describe how coastal installations are vulnerable to rising sea levels, increased flooding, droughts, wildfires, extreme temperatures, and the impact on supply chains.

Impact of Climate Change on National Security

Describe impact of rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and extreme weather events.

Climate Challenges: Impact on plans, operations, and training.

Describe the impact of climate challenges on the development and implementation of plans, operations, and training, including the need for a whole-government approach.


Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments for the NIEHS Worker Training Program, please contact us at the address provided below or fill out and submit the online form. A member of our staff will address your question or concern as soon as possible.

Nova Southeastern University,  College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Research and Innovation,  Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
NIEHS Worker Training Program
University Park Plaza
3434 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Phone: (954) 262-1638
Fax: (954) 262-2702

The NIEHS Worker Training Program is located at:
University Park Plaza 3434 South University Drive Davie, FL 33328

We are located just south of Nova Southeastern University’s Health Professions Division. Enter at the Pier One entrance from University Drive and continue straight through the parking lot. Park in the area in front of the academic buildings.  Reference map.

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