HAZWOPER: Decontamination


This HAZWOPER training course is designed to provide learners with comprehensive information of the purpose of respirators, all the components and types of respiratory protection equipment, respirator selection factors, respirator fit tests, and how to care for and use a respirator properly.

Course Overview

This HAZWOPER training course is designed to focus on ways to avoid contamination, the decontamination process including methods and equipment used in decontamination, the limitations associated with decontamination, the decontamination line itself, and emergency decontamination procedures.

After completing this course, learners will be able to:
  • Define what contamination is and measures you can take to reduce it
  • Discuss what decontamination is, its purpose, and decontamination procedures
  • Describe physical and chemical methods of decontamination and what factors can affect the limitations and effectiveness of decontamination
  • Describe the equipment used to decontaminate personnel, vehicles, and equipment
  • Identify the contamination reduction corridor and other control zones and their boundaries
  • Describe the decontamination line and the sequence of decontamination that takes place there including decisions about disposal
  • Define emergency decontamination and mass decontamination

Course Topics

  • Prevent or Reduce Contamination
  • Purpose of Decontamination
  • Decontamination Methods
  • Physical Methods
  • Chemical Methods
  • Combination of Methods
  • Personnel Decontamination Equipment
  • Vehicle & Equipment Decontamination
  • Equipment Selection Factors
  • Exclusion Zone
  • Contamination Reduction Zone
  • Support Zone
  • Emergency Decontamination
  • And more