The Renewable Fuels Association’s award-winning ethanol safety training program is now able to reach new audiences with the completion of Spanish versions of all materials, developed under the ALERT grant program from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. RFA works closely with TRANSCAER (a national outreach program to help communities prepare for and respond to potential hazardous materials transportation incidents) to provide free ethanol training on an annual basis.

These newly translated materials include eight modules, each with a PowerPoint presentation that is integrated with Instructor Notes, an Instructor’s Manual, a Participant’s Guide, and an informational video about that module, covering these areas:

  1. Introduction to Ethanol
  2. Ethanol and ethanol blended fuels
  3. Chemical and physical characteristics of ethanol and hydrocarbons
  4. Transportation and transfer
  5. Storage and distribution locations
  6. Principles of fire fighting foam
  7. General Health and Safety Considerations
  8. Storage and pre-planning considerations

“We are excited to add another tool to our Ethanol Safety Toolkit by adding a Spanish version of our Ethanol Emergency Response Training Program,” said Missy Ruff, Director of Ethanol Safety. RFA safety and technical programs. “We have had growing interest in our training program around the world and with the addition of TRANSCAER Mexico last year, it is helping both TRANSCAER and RFA to reach a wider audience of emergency responders. “

As part of the grant, RFA is also working to update two related 20-minute videos in English and Spanish versions, Emergency Response Considerationions and Respond to incidents related to ethanol, to be published this fall.

Since its creation in 2010, RFA award-winning safety program is responsible for training over 15,000 people through over 370 training sessions and events. RFA has trained people from all 50 US states and 39 other countries.

“We are excited to see RFA providing new training opportunities for emergency responders on ethanol-related emergency response,” said Erica Bernstein, director of TRANSCAER. “Adding this program in Spanish not only helps us expand our outreach efforts in Mexico, but also to other countries around the world.”

TRANSCAER has a Learning Management System (LMS) which offers a variety of online hazmat training videos for emergency responders and community leaders who cannot attend in-class events. With their LMS, you can take the courses at your own pace, at a time and place that suits you and earn a certificate of completion. Click here for more information and examine the materials. The translated documents are also available on the TRANSCAER website training site to view and download