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
- 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.
Each hazmat employer must train and test their hazmat employees, certify their training, and develop and retain records of current training. Hazmat training must include:
- General awareness/familiarization;
- Security awareness;
- In-depth security training, if a security plan is required; and
- Driver training (for each hazmat employee who will operate a motor vehicle).
- And be function-specific;
FREQUENCY OF TRAINING
Initial training of new hazmat employees, or an employee who changes job functions, must be completed within 90 days of employment or change in job function. A new employee may perform hazmat job functions before completing training provided the employee does so under the direct supervision of a properly trained and knowledgeable hazmat employee.
Recurrent training is required at least once every three years. The three year period begins on the actual date of training. Relevant training received from a previous employer or source may be used to satisfy the requirements provided a current record of training is obtained from the previous employer or other sources.
|Date||February 18, 2021|
|Time||8:30am to 12:30pm|
|Location||Online — Virtual Training|