The main objective of this session is to teach about the process of decontamination. By the time this session is over, you should be able to know how to plan and prepare for the decontamination process, understand andknow the steps of donning personal protective equipment (PPE), understand and know the steps of doffing PPE, and understand methods and procedures of safe decontamination and their importance.
Why “HAZWOPER—Donning, Doffing, and Decontamination” Matters:
Correct donning, doffing, and decontamination procedures are crucial to the health and safety of all who come into direct and indirect contact with your worksite. These procedures are important because they save lives—approximately 50,000 injuries and illnesses and 125 deaths occur from exposure to hazardous chemicals every year. They reduce the risk of exposure, such as inhaling toxic substances; they prevent the spread of contamination throughout the worksite from exposed workers, PPE, instruments, and equipment; they help prevent the mixing of incompatible chemicals; and they protect the community by preventing uncontrolled transportation of contaminants from the site.
- Have a plan for decontamination, and execute it flawlessly.
- Know your zones, and be proactively aware of the hazards that surround you and your corresponding actions.
- Make sure you receive comprehensive training on all aspects of the decontamination process at your worksite.
- Consult all your resources regarding the safe handling of the hazardous materials you are dealing with, and seek expert advice if you have any questions.
- Always follow procedures!