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Participants during the 2012 HAZMAT Challenge

For the past 27 years HAZMAT teams, have joined the challenge for a chance to network with one another, practice technical skills, and learn new HAZMAT techniques under realistic conditions in a safe environment. The HAZMAT Challenge is an event where you can have fun and forget you are learning at the same time.

Vehicles, trucks, tankers, and rail cars are used in some of the props to mimic real-life hazardous material situations. Past Challenge scenarios have included:

  • Drug laboratory or chemical hazard identification.
  • A complex valve tree.
  • Confined space rescue.
  • Compressed gas leaks.
  • A leaking rail car dome.
  • Pressurized drum opening.
  • A stinger operation.
  • A damming/diking exercise from an overturned tanker.

Hosted by the Emergency Management Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Eight team slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with registration limited to one team per organization. 

There is to be a MAX of 5 participants per team. Additional people may register but will only be able to observe the event.

Team Registration (pdf)

Vendor Registrastion 2023 (pdf)

For general information contact hazmatchallenge@lanl.gov, 505-665-8501, or 505-695-6200.