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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:
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:
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 12 months 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 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.
Need to put a large group through training? CHEMTREC can license and tailor our offerings to be featured in your organization’s Learning Management System.
Wondering how to satisfy regulatory requirements for your job role, products, or company? Pair online training with a post-course Q&A session or consult a subject matter expert about your dangerous goods shipping process.
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.
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 Ground Transportation 49 CFR Training for Shippers training course. Carriers of these hazardous materials can benefit from our Ground Transportation for Carriers training course. It addresses the requirements specific to ground carriers found in Part 177 of the 49 CFR covering items like driver training, loading, unloading, segregation, and vehicles and shipments in transit.
Similarly, individuals who handle these products via air shipment, must comply with training requirements mandated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) align with. Our Dangerous Goods IATA Training for Air Transportation training course helps with this training requirement.
The Ground Transportation 49 CFR Training for Carriers course and IATA course should not 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.
For the companies that handle chemicals in the work area, all employees must be trained about the hazards. Our OSHA Hazard Communication training course helps provide the knowledge and oversight companies need to understand the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals and how it relates to the Hazard Communication System.
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