DOT Hazmat - General Awareness

SKU: C-1058Duration: 33 Minutes

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Language:  English

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Course Details


Training Time: 33 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on:

  • Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR §§ 171-180
  • Hazardous Materials Table, 49 CFR § 172.101

Languages: English

Regulations related to the transportation of hazardous materials are contained in Title 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in Parts 171-180 of Title 49 regulate the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by motor vehicle, rail car, aircraft, or waterborne vessel. The HMR include classification, labeling, packaging, handling, loading and unloading requirements, in addition to standards for hazmat training, incident reporting, hazard communication, and security.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide U.S. DOT definitions for "hazardous material," "hazmat employer" and "hazmat employee"
  • Identify the circumstances under which the U.S. DOT's Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) apply
  • Describe the responsibilities of hazmat employees and persons who offer hazardous materials for shipment
  • Use the Hazardous Materials Table to generate a basic description for use on shipping documents
  • Explain how hazardous substances, marine pollutants, elevated temperature materials, and hazardous wastes are identified and regulated during shipping

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

How does the U.S. DOT define the term "hazardous material"?
A hazardous material is any material that, due to its chemical properties, has the potential to cause injury, loss of life, or damage to property or the environment when transported in commerce.

Why can't I use the same packaging for all hazardous material shipments?
Packaging requirements for hazardous materials vary because each material presents different safety hazards, and each transportation mode places different stresses on or exposes packaging to different conditions (i.e., temperature).

Do hazmat employees need to complete the required hazmat training before they can begin work?
New hazmat employees and hazmat employees who change job functions must complete the required training within 90 days of employment or job change. Alternately, they may perform new hazmat job functions in the first 90 days, before being trained, if they are properly supervised.

What is the Packing Group indicated for each material in the Hazardous Materials Table?
The Packing Group (PG) number indicates the relative level of danger presented by a material during transportation. These are written as Roman numerals; I indicates the greatest level of danger, while III indicates a minor danger level. Some materials do not have Packing Group designations.

What should be included in a "Basic Description" on hazmat shipping papers?
The first five columns of the Hazardous Materials Table contain the information needed to complete a Basic Description on shipping documents. The information must be listed in a particular order.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Column 8 contains citations for HMR Sections beginning with 173 which specify "Packaging" requirements for the material. It has three sub-columns: • Sections cited in column 8A relate to packaging exceptions • Sections cited in 8B are for non-bulk shipments • Sections cited in 8C are for bulk shipments Note that if column 8A says "None," there are no "universal" packaging exceptions, and the requirements from column 8B or 8C must be used. So, for example, non-bulk packaging for acetaldehyde shipments must meet the requirements in Section 173.201 of the HMR, while bulk packaging for acetal shipments must meet the requirements in Section 173.242 or qualify for an exception in 173.150. Note that if the packaging reference is not appropriate for the state of the material being shipped (liquid or solid), the Solid/Liquid Table in Section 172.101(i)(4) can be used to determine the correct reference.
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