Participants who complete this course will understand how to implement the Incident Command System when multiple agencies respond to an emergency and more than one Incident Commander is present.
The Incident Command Awareness program is a prerequisite for this course.
Michigan State University and Industrial Safety Consultants, Inc. (ISCI) have developed this on-line program on Unified Command for personnel working for federal, state, and local government agencies. This includes law enforcement personnel, fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel, and others who may be first on the scene of a hazardous materials (Hazmat) emergency.
When your agency responds to a hazardous materials emergency, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and state OSHA laws require that your agency use an Incident Command System (ICS). (Before taking this program on Unified Command Awareness, you must complete the Incident Command System Awareness program.)
For those situations when a hazardous materials emergency requires the response efforts of several agencies, OSHA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the National Response Team have adopted the principle of Unified Command. Unified Command brings together the Incident Commanders of all major agencies involved in the incident in order to coordinate a more effective response.
Michigan State University is offering this training program for a limited time at no cost to agencies in the public sector. If you have questions as to whether your agency qualifies for this free training, contact ISCI at email@example.com.
OSHA's standard on Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) requires the use of an Incident Command System when responding to hazardous materials incidents. Although the HAZWOPER standard does not refer specifically to Unified Command, several federal agencies, including OSHA, have endorsed its use.
In this course, you will learn how your agency can work with other agencies in implementing a Unified Command approach. When you have completed this course, you will not be certified as an Incident Commander. However, you will be able to function within the Incident Command System/Unified Command when multiple agencies are involved.
Certificates of completion can be printed by the participant once a 70% or greater score is achieved. The participant may take the quiz as many times as necessary in order to reach the 70% mark. In order to meet OSHA requirements, a representative from your agency will need to certify your participation by signing the certificate. In order to be certified, all participants must also complete the required information within the registration process that follows. In addition, each participant must complete the training on an individual basis. If you ask someone else to go through the program for you, you will not learn the information that will be necessary to protect your health and safety. This will render your certificate null and void.
Industrial Safety Consultants, Inc. (ISCI) in partnership with Emergency Response Solutions at Michigan State University has developed this Unified Command Awareness program with the assistance of a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. For additional information regarding the development or management of this program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.