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Online Hazmat Training For Shipping Hazardous Materials

Online Training for Shipping Hazardous Materials

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Complying with Hazmat Shipping Regulations

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:

  • Determining whether a material meets the definition of a "hazardous material"
  • Employee training
  • Proper shipping name
  • Class/division
  • Identification number
  • Hazard warning label
  • Packaging
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Certification
  • Compatibility
  • Blocking and bracing
  • Placarding
  • Security Plans
  • Incident Reporting
  • Emergency response information
  • Emergency response telephone number

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Course Details

CHEMTREC offers online hazmat training in the following courses:

Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires the general awareness training specified in 49 CFR Part 172.704 be taken every three years if you handle dangerous goods. This course meets the U.S. DOT requirements and will cover an introduction to hazardous materials and dangerous goods, training requirements and why training is important. It will also cover which agencies set the requirements and the publications which state their requirements. You will learn the transportation chain including shipper and operator responsibilities as well as dangerous goods classifications. The course will also give you an overview of how to mark and label packages correctly and how to correctly document hazmat shipments.

49 CFR

If your company ships hazardous materials in the United States, you must comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR. The 49 CFR requires that employees involved in shipping hazardous materials within the United States receive training (49 CFR, Subpart H, Section 172.704). In our 49 CFR course you will learn what type of training is required and the responsibilities of those shipping hazardous materials by ground in the United States. This course will show you how to pack, mark and label items as well as how to prepare shipping papers according to 49 CFR. The course also provides safety and security awareness and emergency response guidance.

IATA Dangerous Goods Training for Operations Personnel

If you ship dangerous goods by air on either passenger or cargo airlines, you must comply with ICAO/IATA’s requirements. Although the ICAO Technical Instructions are the legally binding document for shipping dangerous goods by air, the majority of the world’s airlines use the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which fully reflect all of the provisions found in the ICAO TI’s. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations require that employees involved in shipping dangerous goods receive training (IATA DGR 1.5). This interactive online course meets the minimum training requirements specified in the IATA DGR for employees shipping and handling dangerous goods.

Who should take this course:

This course is ideal for operations-level employees (IATA Categories 2, 4, and 5) who package, mark, label and document air shipments. Additional training is required to meet the U.S. DOT’s “function-specific” and general awareness training requirements for ground shippers.

Shipping Lithium Batteries

If you are involved in the shipping of lithium ion batteries in the US, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires the training specified in 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart H. This course will give you an overview of what hazardous materials are and the nine classes of hazardous materials regulations. You will also learn what lithium batteries are and why they are potentially hazardous. This course gives an overview of packaging and package selection (both UN Packaging and non-UN packaging types) as well as marking, labeling and documentation requirements. You will learn safety, emergency response and security awareness and the shipper's responsibilities in the transportation process.

The Necessity of Hazmat Training

Between the inherent hazards of the job and the repercussions of violating federal training regulations, regular hazmat training is an obvious necessity. CHEMTREC now offers online hazmat training to ensure frontline employees have the most updated information on proper hazardous materials handling and shipping. Our online courses cover:

  • Hazardous materials and dangerous goods training for employees who handle hazmat
  • Proper packaging methods to reduce liability and damages
  • How to properly ship hazardous material packages
  • How to reduce shipping costs through U.S. DOT exceptions

The Online Advantage

With online training through CHEMTREC, there’s no more scheduling around available training sessions. Our courses feature a convenient online platform that allows you to start, stop and resume your training at any time. The sessions are fully interactive and provide learning checks and a final exam. You’ll have 90 days to access and complete your course, and certificates for proper recordkeeping are provided upon completion. So, if you like to learn at your own pace in your own environment, CHEMTREC’s online training courses are the perfect solution to satisfying your federally required hazmat training.

Every Employer, Every Employee

Every employer that deals in any way with materials regulated under the U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations is responsible for training its own employees, and there are no exceptions for the size of the business. Even a self-employed individual under these guidelines must comply with training requirements.

Who needs hazmat training?

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.

When should hazmat training be updated?

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)

Which courses are necessary?

Different levels of training are required for certain duties, and employers are obligated to determine the level of training required for each individual employee. All employees are required to undergo a minimum course that provides a general understanding of hazmat safety and regulations, such as CHEMTREC’s General Awareness, Safety and Security course, which explains shipper and operator responsibilities, dangerous goods classifications and an overview of how to mark and label packages correctly and how to correctly document hazmat shipments.

Individuals who handle or may be exposed to hazardous materials, such as warehouse staff, loading dock workers and drivers, require further levels of training to include knowledge of safe handling and emergency response. This includes function-specific training, safety training and security training, such as that provided in CHEMTREC’s 49 CFR training course. The 49 CFR course cannot be taken until the General Awareness course is completed.

The U.S. DOT also has special provisions for shipment of lithium batteries. These regulations apply to anyone who performs or directs the functions of packaging, marking, labeling or loading packages containing lithium batteries for shipment by highway, rail, air or vessel. Because lithium battery regulations update relatively often, CHEMTREC provides a specially focused training course to cover proper handling of both excepted and fully regulated lithium batteries.

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We currently offer 1) Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness, 2) 49 CFR, 3) IATA Dangerous Goods Training for Operations Personnel, and 4) Shipping Lithium Batteries online training.
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