The National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and Tactical Hazmat have announced that Hazmat 2015 has been awarded 11.5 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). The event has been awarded an additional 1.5 hours of CPD on the previous year as a result of the extensive programme of keynote presentations and ‘hands-on’ workshops.
The programme of interactive workshops for Hazmat 2015, which are particularly popular with the delegates, has also been announced and includes a wide range of sessions to help attendees learn new skills and further develop existing ones.
The Hazard Categorisation (Field Chemistry) session, also known as ‘Street Smart’ chemistry is back by popular demand. The workshop will be a hazard categorisation session using basic field chemistry techniques and will encompass both theory and practical elements. The ‘hands on’ session will focus on basic tests and observations that can easily be applied at the incident scene.
As with Hazmat 2014, this year’s event will also include an in-depth case study. This year it will be presented by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service, who will provide a walkthrough and interactive presentation of a recent incident, sharing their experiences and lessons learned.
Further to demand from UK emergency services, this years event will include a workshop on forensics for hazmat incidents. The session will show delegates how to take into consideration the preservation of evidence at a crime scene involving hazardous materials.
There will also be a practical spill control workshop and practical vapour detection workshop. The practical spill control session will look at the principles of spill control and consider response options using basic equipment. The workshop will utilise practical simulations for spillages to enable delegates to directly practice the techniques discussed. The practical vapour detection workshop will focus on issues relating to vapour hazards and good practice when sampling and interpreting results from hand held gas monitors. Both sessions will include best practice theory and practical elements.
The five workshop and scenario sessions will be run twice during the event, giving delegates the opportunity to attend two sessions.
Now in its 8th year, the Hazmat conference continues be an important event for emergency responders, as Maria Stearn, Hazmat 2015 Event Manager, explains; “The Hazmat events have proved to be an essential opportunity for hazardous materials specialists to share experience and knowledge with like-minded professionals. The conference draws on the knowledge and experience of a range of hazardous materials professionals and industry leaders, as well as that of NCEC’s own emergency responders and specialists from Tactical Hazmat our co-organisers for the event.”