Class description

This course will familiarize personnel serving as Safety Officers, Assistant Safety Officers, and in other safety-relevant Incident Command System (ICS) roles with physical and psychosocial hazards and stressors that may impact the health and safety of workers and responders at a disaster site.  Students will apply their knowledge of safety and incident command in a disaster scenario, and will employ ICS methodology to review and/or develop safety and medical plans, safety messages and a safety analysis of an Incident Action Plans using relevant ICS forms (Form 206 Safety Medical Plans, Form 208 Safety Message, a site safety plan, and Form 215A Incident Action Plan Safety Analysis, respectively).

Students will have an opportunity to practice providing input on additional incident planning considerations and related ICS forms developed for the scenario, as would be required in an actual ICS-managed incident. Knowledge and skills developed in this course are intended to augment those acquired from prerequisite and FEMA training, such as FEMA’s E/L 954 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Safety Officer, in order to provide those serving in ICS roles with necessary tools to ensure the safety of workers participating in all phases of an incident response.

This course is part of the Emergency Safety Specialist Certificate Program, learn more about enrollment here.

Prerequisites: Students will need to complete one of the OSHA Standards Courses and three FEMA EMI courses prior to attending the Emergency Safety Officer Course. Please email questions to

OSHA Standards Courses are:

  • OSHA #510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry
  • OSHA #511Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
  • OSHA #5410 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Maritime Industry
  • OSHA #6005 Collateral Duty Course for Other Federal Agencies

Three FEMA Emergency Management Institute Courses may be taken online through

  • IS-100.c
  • IS-200.c
  • IS-700.b

FEMA transcripts can be requested here. Students in the Emergency Safety Specialist Certificate Program should have them sent to:
Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98105



Class details

Min. course credits: 2.0
Min. course contact hours: 20