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The term “hazardous materials” implies the need for caution. That’s why the proper training for anyone who handles hazardous materials is not only best practice but a government requirement.
Recognizing the need for proper education before handling, packing, shipping or transporting hazardous materials, the U.S. Department of Transportation issues training regulations under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR):
"No person may offer or accept a hazardous material for transportation in commerce unless that person is registered in conformance with subpart G of Part 107 of this chapter, if applicable, and the hazardous material is properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in condition for shipment as required or authorized..."
Simply put, if your company packs, ships or receives hazardous material, you must comply with 49 CFR. Under these regulations, a hazmat shipper is responsible for:
U.S. DOT training regulations stipulate that training is requisite for any employee who: offers hazardous materials for transportation; packages, marks or labels hazardous materials for transportation; loads or unloads hazardous materials transport vehicles; transports hazardous materials; receives and forwards packages containing hazardous materials; manufactures packaging for use in transporting hazardous materials; and/or tests hazardous material packaging. Any person who directly supervises employees that conduct any of these tasks must also satisfy training requirements.
Learn more about who needs hazmat training in our hazmat training infographic.
U.S. DOT requires hazmat training be updated every three years, or in the event that the Department of Transportation issues new or revised rules related to the duties of a hazmat employee. IATA requires training be updated every two years.
Violations of any hazmat regulations including training may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $77,114 for each violation. If the violation results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, the maximum civil penalty is $179,933. The minimum civil penalty amount for a training violation is $463. Criminal violations may result in fines, imprisonment, or both. (See 49 CFR §107.329 and §107.333)
Learn more about how often training should be updated in our hazmat training infographic.
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