DOT Training Resources for Hazardous Materials Transportation

DOT Training Resources

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DOT Training Overview

This page provides information to aid in complying with the requirements set forth in the DOT's Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations require training (and retraining) of all employees who perform work functions covered by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Training is required for any employee who

Furthermore, any hazmat employee requires initial hazmat training, as well as recurrent training every three years.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has prepared training modules that meet the requirements for General Awareness Training as prescribed in Title 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H.

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules Version 5.1 CD-ROM contains an interactive training program for individual instruction. The CD-ROM may be purchased

DOT has also captured PowerPoint presentations from this self-paced instructional product, which can be used along with the CD-ROM and the Instructor and Student Manuals in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as a basis for traditional classroom-style instruction.

Presentation Masters, Student Manuals, and Instructor Manuals are available below.

Training Requirements Under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)

Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Classes and Seminars

Instructions and Guidance on the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)`

bullet Radioactive Materials Regulation Review (1.3 MB) bullet Overview of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) bulletFrequently Asked Questions on the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) bullet Contacting the Hazardous Materials Information Center bulletIntrastate Commerce (HM-200) Publications bullet What Hazmat Regulations Apply to Agricultural Transportation (302K) bullet Complying with the October 1, 1998 Intrastate Commerce Requirements (HM-200) (244K) bullet What Hazmat Regulations Apply to Materials of Trade (384K)

A complete copy of the final rule published under Docket HM-200 can be obtained here.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program

Training and Guidance Manuals and Publications

Some of the materials are available here to download free and some are for sale.   The free ones are highlighted in blue for you to download here.

Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules - Want to conduct your own training? The self-paced tutorial presentation is in the IBM PC- format. The files include instructor and student manuals, tests, answer keys, and transparencies. The package includes:

  • Introduction module
  • Module 1 (Hazardous Materials Table: HMT)
  • Module 2 (Shipping Papers)
  • Module 3 (Marking and Labeling)
  • Module 4 (Placarding)
  • Module 5 (Packaging)
  • Module 6a (Highway)
  • Module 6b (Air)
  • Module 6c (Rail)
  • Module 6d (Water) Download them free:
  1. Instructor Guide (PDF)
  2. Student Guide (PDF)
  3. Presentation (PPT) Overhead transparencies

OR For a fee, receive a  CD copy  ----------------------------------$100.00

Diskettes with a overhead transparencies and printed paper copy of instructor and student manuals - With this package, you are all set to send the student manual to the local printers for duplication and teach the course yourself from the overheads and instructors manual.  The diskettes allow you to reprint a fresh copy whenever you need.  $750.00

bulletDOT CHART 11-- Hazardous Materials Marking, Labeling & Placarding Guide - Updated version of Chart 10. Displays the full-color labels and placards required by the Hazardous Materials Regulations, Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations including new placard and labels. Place your order now!

$1.00 each, (minimum order 10 copies) --------------------- $10.00

bulletHow to Use the HMR (Booklet)  – Provides a hands-on approach to using the hazardous materials transportation regulations.

Each ------------------------------------------------------ $10.00

bullet*Training makes “Sense” and . . . It's the Law! – Describes the training requirements ( 172.700-704) for the hazmat employer and employees. Frequently asked questions are answered and regulations cited for 126F.

NOTE: These are Adobe.pdf files (i.e., a file that allows you to view/print the document in its original format ). In order to view and print them, you must have Adobe Reader properly configured with your browser. You may download this software FREE from Adobe's Web site. For best viewing results, change Adobe Reader's view setting to "Fit Visible".

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Other Free Hazardous Materials Transportation and Training Publications 

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Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program.pdf Click on image to view/print
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A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING A HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRAINING PROGRAM

This guide explains the training requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, identifies those employees who must be trained, and provides a tool to help hazmat employers determine what type of training and training environment may be best for their employees.



*Please click on the picture of the cover to view and print the document.

PHH50-0098-0707 Do You Know.pdf Click on image to view/print
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DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE SHIPPING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS?

This brochure is written to raise awareness of hazardous materials shipping requirements among small and entry-level hazardous materials shippers who may not be aware of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Created in partnership with the Council on the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) and the Associated Mail and Parcel Carriers (AMPC), this brochure addresses a growing community of small shippers, which has burgeoned in size since the introduction of online auction websites.

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DOES YOUR HAZMAT TRAINING MEASURE UP?

This brochure describes the training requirements in 49 CFR, 172.700-704, including new security awareness and in-depth security training requirements for the hazmat employer and employees. Frequently asked questions are answered and regulations cited.

ESRequirements.pdf Click on image to view/print
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ENHANCED SECURITY REQUIREMENTS

This brochure describes new security training and planning requirements and provides guidance in assessing security threats. It also lists suggested security measures, and provides contact information for other Federal agencies and industry organizations and associations to obtain further security planning information.

IncidentReporting.pdf  Click on image to view/print
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GUIDE FOR PREPARING HAZMAT INCIDENTS REPORTS

This 20-page workbook has updated instructions for properly completing and submitting Hazardous Materials Incident Reports (DOT Form F 5800.1).

Guide for Preparing Shipping Papers.pdf Click on image to view/print
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GUIDE FOR PREPARING SHIPPING PAPERS

This guide explains the shipping paper requirements in 49 CFR, 172.200-205, with emphasis on the basic description for hazardous materials. As a training aid, it explains the shipping paper requirements, provides examples of shipping paper entries and formats, and a general checklist to assist in identifying the most commonly required descriptions on shipping papers.

PPC.pdf Click on image to view/print
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GUIDE TO PERFORMANCE PACKAGING CODES

This guide provides information associated with performance packaging as identified in 49 CFR, Part 178. It provides sample markings, codes, tests, approximate conversion factors, and definition of packing group associated with packaging used for hazardous materials shipments.

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HAZMAT TRAINING MODULE 5.1 BROCHURE

This brochure describes the training modules developed by USDOT/PHMSA. In a CD-ROM format, the modules assist in meeting general awareness training requirements in the 49 CFR. The brochure also contains a fax/mail-in order form for the CD; or the CD can be ordered from our 'Publications for Sale' page.

How To Handle Radioactive.pdf Click on image to view/print
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HOW TO HANDLE RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS PACKAGES BROCHURE

This revised booklet for cargo handlers explains how to recognize radioactive materials, prevent unnecessary exposure, and what to do in case of accidents involving radioactive materials. A question and answer section is provided for frequently asked questions.

HowToUse0507.pdf Click on image to view/print
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HOW TO USE THE HMR (ENGLISH)

This booklet provides a hands-on approach to using the hazardous materials regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180.) (English)

Battery Pocket Card.pdf Click on image to view/print
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SAFETRAVEL QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

This pocket guide provides tips for traveling safely with portable electronics and their spare batteries.

For more information, please visit http://safetravel.dot.gov.

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SAFETY ALERT - ACETYLENE REQUALIFICATION (APRIL 2001)

This document addresses some of the new regulations for Acetylene Cylinder requalification. (April 2001)

PHMSA_battery_guide.pdf Click on image to view/print
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SHIPPING BATTERIES SAFELY BY AIR; WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This guide describes the USDOT regulations for the classification criteria, packaging requirements, and hazard communication for the transportation of batteries shipped by aircraft under 49 CFR, Parts 100-185.

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TRANSPORTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS SAFELY

This brochure is geared to farmers who may transport hazardous materials in the course of their operations. It details exceptions for agricultural operations within the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), and provides easy-to-use information on how to visually represent safety hazards, and otherwise comply with applicable provisions of the HMR.

Transporting Infectious Substances Safely.pdf Click on image to view/print
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TRANSPORTING INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCES SAFELY

This brochure describes the revised USDOT regulations for the classification criteria and packaging requirements for the transportation of infectious substances, adopted into 49 CFR, Parts 171-180, effective October 1, 2006.

PHH50-0078-0706 UN Cylinders.pdf Click on image to view/print
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UN CYLINDERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This brochure describes the new USDOT standards for the design, construction, and use of UN pressure receptacles, adopted into 49 CFR, Parts 171-180, effective September 11, 2006.

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WETLINES AWARENESS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS

This brochure, developed in partnership with the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc., the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, provides general awareness to emergency responders regarding wetlines. Wetlines are external piping located beneath a cargo tank designed to break off in the event of an accident.

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WHAT ARE MATERIALS OF TRADE? BROCHURE

When certain hazardous materials are transported in small quantities as part of a business, they are subject to less regulation because of the limited hazard they pose. These materials are known as Materials of Trade (MOTs). This brochure helps explain MOTs and your responsibilities when transporting these materials.

This page was updated on 30-Mar-2016