SORT Hazardous Materials Division
"To provide the highest level of disaster medical support through education, research and response"
"Hazardous chemical" is defined as any element,
chemical compound or mixture which is a physical or health hazard as defined
in N.C. Occupational Health & Safety Administration standards. Any facility
that manufactures, uses, transports or stores hazardous materials is required
to have Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with full instructions and warnings
as well as a hazardous materials emergency plan. Most businesses do not have
the staff, money or time to hire full-time HazMat specialists to keep current
with ever-changing regulations.
Our HazMat team participates in intensive training and exercises in hazmat drills on a regular basis. HazMat team members are classified according to their levels of training as Awareness (12 class hours), Operations (18 class hours), or Technician (100 class hours). In case of an incident, the team can respond within 20 minutes in Forsyth County at the request of another emergency agency or a business. The HazMat team will, under the direction of a physician, decontaminate and treat any exposed personnel at the scene, provide health exams, complete all necessary documentation, and if necessary, send victims to the nearest hospital that is equipped for decontamination. The team is also trained to dean up minor spills. Generally, SORT does not respond to exposures outside of Forsyth County, due to the location of equipment and delays of travel time.
Special Operations Response Team, SORT, and the SORT logo are Registered Trademarks ™
SORT is the sponsor agency to the NC1-DMAT & NMRT-E; Medical Response Teams of the
National Disaster Medical System / US Dept. of Health and Human Services