Online Hazmat Training For Shipping Hazardous Materials
Online Training for Shipping Hazardous Materials
- Brought to you by CHEMTREC, the world's leader in hazmat emergency response.
- Helps companies meet hazmat regulation compliance and safety standards.
- Exclusive training content specific to CHEMTREC customers.
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
- Identification number
- Hazard warning label
- Marking and labeling
- Shipping papers
- Blocking and bracing
- Security Plans
- Incident Reporting
- Emergency response information
- Emergency response telephone number
Why Train with CHEMTREC?
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.
Learn more about who needs hazmat training in our hazmat training infographic.
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)
Learn more about how often training should be updated in our hazmat training infographic.
Which courses are necessary?
Different levels of training are required for different 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 Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness training 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.
Similarly, individuals who handle these products via air shipment, must comply with training requirements mandated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Our IATA Dangerous Goods for Operations Personnel training course helps with this training requirement.
The 49 CFR course and IATA course cannot be taken until the General Awareness course (or similar training) 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. Since lithium battery regulations update relatively often, CHEMTREC’s Shipping Lithium Battery and Cells training course is a specially focused course that covers proper handling of both excepted and fully regulated lithium batteries.