DOT Hazardous Materials Training Requirements Explained

Federal regulations found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) Part 172.702 require that each employer whose employees work with hazardous materials (as defined in sections 49 CFR 171 and 172) must train each of its hazmat employees.   "Hazmat employees" include those who prepare the packages for shipping, prepare, sign or review the paperwork, load trucks, drive the vehicles or unload or receive the hazardous materials.

A hazmat employee who performs any of these functions may not perform the function unless he or she has been trained in the requirements of hazardous materials (generally: identification, classification, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging, etc.) that apply to that function. It is the duty of each hazmat employer to comply with the applicable requirements of this subchapter and to ensure that each hazmat employee is thoroughly instructed each hazmat employee.

In addition, hazmat employers must ensure that each of hazmat employee is tested by appropriate means on the training subjects covered in Sec. 172.704.

EHSO offers complete DOT HM training that exceeds these requirements.   We train your employees to recognize hazards, classify acoording to the standards, package, mark and label in compliance, and to use the reference materials properly to do it quickly and accurately.  Our in-house training materials and reference guides will be of use to your employees on the jobb; helping them reduce mistakes, emilinate fines, and improve efficiency. Spill response for first responders and managing leaks and the waste generated adds to make the course an all-inclusive training for hazmat employees.

Click here to see a DOT compliance memo on the subject.

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This page was updated on 30-Mar-2016