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NFPA 472

2013 Edition, January 1, 2013

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Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents

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EFFECTIVE DATE: 06/18/2012
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Product Details:

  • Revision: 2013 Edition, January 1, 2013
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Page Count: 105
  • ANSI Approved: Yes
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

This standard shall identify the minimum levels of competence required by responders to emergencies involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

This standard shall apply to any individual or member of any organization who responds to hazardous materials/ WMD incidents.

This standard shall cover the competencies for awareness level personnel, operations level responders, hazardous materials technicians, incident commanders, hazardous materials officers, hazardous materials safety officers, and other specialist employees.


The purpose of this standard shall be to specify minimum competencies required for those who respond to hazardous materials/WMD incidents and necessary for a riskbased response to these incidents.

The competencies contained herein shall help reduce the numbers of accidents, injuries, and illnesses during response to hazardous materials/WMD incidents and shall help prevent exposure to hazardous materials/WMD, thus reducing the possibility of fatalities, illness, and disabilities to emergency response personnel.

Application. It shall not be the intent of this standard to restrict any jurisdiction from exceeding these minimum requirements.