Hazardous Materials Transportation Training
The Hazardous Materials Regulations require hazmat employers to certify the training of those employees who perform functions covered in the HMR. See 49 CFR §171.1; §172.700; and §172.704 for details. Training must include general awareness and familiarization, function specific, safety, security awareness, and in-depth security, if the employer is required to develop a security plan. This program may be used to meet the requirements for general awareness/familiarization training, or as a basis for developing function-specific training. All employees who handle or ship hazardous material must be instructed in these requirements and be certified by their employer to perform those duties, except during an initial 90-day period, during which the employee must be under the direct supervision of trained personnel. Refresher - or "recurrent” - training is required every two years by the FAA. This program has been developed to help train employees who perform functions covered under the Hazardous Materials Regulations, or the HMR.
More than four billion tons of hazardous materials are transported annually in the United States by air, highway, rail, and vessel. More than 800,000 hazardous materials shipments occur every day - 365 days a year. Commerce involving hazardous materials contributes more than $446 billion to the US economy annually. It is an important part of everyone's daily life. Persons involved in the packaging, marking, labeling, and transporting of hazardous materials must be familiar with the proper handling and safeguarding of hazardous materials as prescribed in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, or HMR. This course has been designed to help familiarize you with some of the provisions of the HMR
An air carrier to whom the HMR apply may not transport a hazardous material by aircraft unless each of its hazmat employees involved in that transportation has been trained and tested as required in 175.20 and 172.700-704.
• Initial training is required within 90 days for new employees or employees who assume new hazmat related responsibilities. Until they are trained, these employees may perform a hazardous materials employee function only under direct supervision.
• DOT requires that hazmat employees be retrained and tested at least once every three years.
• However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires training for air carrier employees every two years.
• Both DOT and FAA require the employer to maintain training records.