What Will I Learn?

  • General emergency response plan
  • Classification, identification, and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment
  • Function within an assigned role in the Incident Command System
  • How to select proper specialized chemical personal protective equipment provided to the hazardous materials technician
  • Hazard and risk assessment techniques
  • Recognize advanced control, containment, and/or confinement operations within the capabilities of the resources and personal protective equipment available within the unit
  • Understand and describe decontamination procedures
  • Understand termination procedures
  • Understand basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior


Ammonia is an extremely hazardous chemical that is widely used in many industries. It is corrosive to the skin, eyes, and lungs; flammable; and under certain conditions, explosive. Workers need to know how to work safely around this chemical. Workers who are exposed to ammonia regularly may even become desensitized to its irritant effects and not recognize dangerous concentrations. Don’t let your employees depend on smell for warning and train them to know what to look for. 

This course is designed to meet OSHA 1910.120(q)(6)(iii) and establishes that a Hazardous Materials Technician is an individual who responds to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch, or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance.

Walk Away With

  • Training workbook, with extensive notes, to use during the course and on the job site
  • Industry Certification card through NASP
  • Certification of completion provided by CSI Workforce Development & Training

Who Should Attend?

This course is recommended for anyone who may be around ammonia chemicals including members of management, engineering, maintenance, refrigeration, safety, production, human resources, and security. A good cross-section can contribute greatly to the overall effectiveness of an emergency response team.

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Instructor Bio

Mike Lapray
Mike LaPray started working with the HVAC/R Trade as a Boiler Operator in the US Navy. While participating in the CSI Fisheries Program he worked his way back into the trades through the maintenance shop at one of the local Magic Valley companies. While in maintenance, Mike went back to college to earn his certification in the HVAC/R trade and tested with IDAHO DBS for his journeyman license. Once licensed Mike worked for Hussmann and Source Refrigeration as a service technician and moved into teaching the very program he had taken. Mike’s passion is working in the trade and helping others see the opportunities available. Mike’s motto is “Your effort is more valuable than your I.Q.”