Training is the best means of preventing, or reducing, hazardous materials (hazmat) incidents in transportation that are caused by human error.
The Federal hazardous materials transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5101, et seq.) is the statute pertaining to the transportation of hazmat in the United States, and requires the training of ALL hazmat employees. The purpose of this training is to increase a hazmat employee’s safety awareness and to be an essential element in reducing hazmat incidents.
The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) includes training requirements in several sections of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as follows:
- GENERAL §173.1
- SPECIFIC §172.704
- MODAL – Air §175.20 – Vessel §176.13 – Highway §§177.800, 177.816
Receiving the required training enhances employee safety and security, and increases employee productivity and skills. Effective training also reduces incidents and accidents thereby reducing operating costs and losses from property damage, thus increasing profits.
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