Beyond the Rule of Thumb
Survival Tip 48
One way to avoid problems associated with “negligent hiring” of a contractor is to get to know the contractors who work in your area. Besides learning about the companies’ experience in dealing with various types of cleanup, you can determine the type of equipment they have available. Rather than just have a contractor representative stop by the fire station to deliver a glossy company brochure, consider a joint training session. Just like first responders, contractor employees require initial field training and annual refresher training to meet OSHA certification requirements. Bringing equipment and personnel together from the contractor and the hazardous materials team for a mock cleanup drill allows you to develop working relationships with field supervisors and their personnel and to see their equipment in action.
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Steven M. De Lisi recently retired from the fire service following a 27-year career that included serving as the deputy chief for the Virginia Air Guard Fire Rescue and a division chief for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP). De Lisi is a hazardous materials specialist and as an adjunct instructor for VDFP; he continues to conduct hazardous materials Awareness- and Operations-level training. De Lisi began his career in hazardous materials response in 1982 as a member of the hazmat team with the Newport News (VA) Fire Department. He has also served as a hazardous materials officer for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. De Lisi has a master’s degree in public safety leadership and is the author of Hazardous Material Incidents: Surviving the Initial Response (Fire Engineering, 2006).
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