Hazmat training teaches how to safely handle and prepare hazardous materials for Air, Land and Sea/Ocean transportation. The US Department of Transportation requires hazmat training for any company that performs a function regulated by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). This includes an individual, who is employed by a hazmat employer on a full time, part time, or temporary basis, or who is self-employed, who during the course of employment:
A hazmat employee is any of the following:
Each hazmat employer is responsible for training each of their hazmat employees. Employee training is a requirement of HMR. This applies to businesses of any size (e.g. self-employed, partnerships, corporations, etc.). There are no exceptions to this rule.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) training teaches Dangerous Goods Regulations, including proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging and safety of dangerous goods to be shipped internationally by Air/ Aircraft.
49 CFR training teaches DOT Regulations for the proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging and safety of dangerous goods to be shipped within the United States by Land/Highway.
International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code Training teaches regulations regarding the proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging and safety of dangerous goods to be shipped internationally by Ocean/Vessel.
Bulk, Class 7, Division 6.2 and Product Specific are not covered in these trainings.
New hazmat employees and hazmat employees who undergo a change in job function must complete initial training within 90 days after employment or change in job function [49CFR §172.704(c)(1)]. Recurrent training must be completed at least once every three years [49CFR §172.704(c)(2)].
Some modes of transportation, and other countries, may have shorter time frames for initial and recurrent training to be completed (e.g. IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for transporting hazmat by aircraft requires recurrent training a minimum of every two years [IATA DGR 184.108.40.206]).
Online training is different from classroom, instructor-led training in several ways. While having a live instructor in a classroom setting is the ideal training environment, we have formulated an alternative approach with our online training that matches (or surpasses) standard classroom training. Our online training offers the following benefits over classroom training:
There are no exceptions to the rule. If you ship or transport anything considered a hazardous material, of any quantity, and of any frequency, you must be trained. Updated records of your training must be kept and available upon request.
Students who successfully complete their online hazmat training course at Hazmat University will receive a training certificate that meets the requirements of record keeping for hazmat employees [49CFR §172.704(d)]. This certificate is issued electronically via PDF once the Dangerous Goods training course is successfully completed online. It will include the following information:
Each course is comprised of one or more elements consisting of a lesson and an exam. Upon successfully completing all elements, the student will be awarded the Certificate of Completion, provided payment has been received.
Domestic shipments of hazardous materials within the United States must comply with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR), commonly known as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). If hazmat shipments are transported by air or ocean internationally, applicable regulations from International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) may apply respectively. Both IATA and IMO regulations have their own training requirements in addition to the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) conduct unannounced inspections regarding the activities of transporters of hazardous materials.
If the inspection finds that your business does not meet the proper requirements for hazmat training, your business may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.
Civil and criminal penalties are outlined in 49 CFR §107.329
Proper hazardous materials training helps ensure compliance with the regulations for hazmat transport, in order to avoid civil penalties and contribute to the safety of hazmat employees, and everyone involved throughout packaging and transportation.
All online courses provided by DB Schenker Online Training meet the regulatory guidelines for training found in 49 CFR §172.704.
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