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Cover of Hazardous Materials Technician, 3rd Edition Manual.IFSTA's Hazardous Materials Technician, Third Edition, prepares emergency responders conducting technical, advanced, offensive operations during hazardous material incidents to meet the Technician-level certification requirements of NFPA 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Standard for Responders, 2022 Edition. This manual adds to the techniques and principles learned in IFSTA’s Hazardous Materials for First Responders, Sixth Edition.

In addition to the NFPA 470 standard, this manual also addresses the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), paragraph (q), for emergency responders at the Technician Level.

In this latest edition, changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Chapter 3, Chemistry, has been extensively revised to make concepts and terminology more understandable. Sixteen key terms were created to aid in comprehension
  • Chapter 11, Rescue and Recovery, an entirely new topic for this manual, was written to cover a new rescue-based JPR added in the NFPA 470
  • Chapter 12, Product Control, has been completely rewritten and is much more extensive in information and discusses product control tools and equipment, value operation, overpacking and controlling specific products and hazards.

Key features of this manual

  • Reference sources at the end of each chapter
  • Key term definitions at the end of each chapter
  • Discussion questions at the end of each chapter


  1. The Foundation of the Hazmat Technician
  2. Understanding Hazmat: How Matter Behaves
  3. Understanding Hazmat: Chemistry
  4. Understanding Hazmat: Specific Hazards
  5. Detection, Monitoring, and Sampling
  6. Size-Up, Predicting Behavior, and Estimating Outcomes
  7. Container Assessment
  8. Planning and Implementing Strategies and Tactics
  9. Personal Protective Equipment
  10. Decontamination
  11. Rescue and Recovery
  12. Product Control
  13. Demobilization and Termination

Product specifications

Printed version specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-752-4

Pages: 584

E-book specs

ISBN: 978-0-87939-753-1

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Publication No. FR35028
Price $69 to $78