DOT Hazmat - Security Requirements

SKU: C-1047Duration: 27 Minutes

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Course Details


Training Time: 27 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: HMR Safety and Security Plans, 49 CFR § 172 Subpart I

Languages: English

In 2010, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a rule modifying the security requirements for the commercial transportation of some hazardous materials. This rule requires shippers and carriers of certain types and quantities of hazardous materials to implement a Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Plan (a.k.a. "Security Plan") and provide additional security training to employees. Among other things, they must ensure subject hazmat packages and containers are properly closed and secured, select routes that will minimize damage to or from hazardous materials, conduct background investigations on new employees, confirm the adequacy of carrier Security Plans, and integrate all aspects of the security rule into their normal business activities.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) definition for "hazardous material" and "large bulk quantity"
  • Identify which shipments are subject to the HMR
  • List the required elements of a Hazardous Materials Security Plan
  • Describe the three types of security that a Security Plan must address: personnel security, unauthorized access, and route security
  • Describe the recordkeeping requirements for Security Plan documents
  • Describe the general training and in-depth security training requirements for hazmat employees

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What is included in the "personnel security" that is required by a Security Plan?

This includes screening of job applicants who might gain access to subject hazardous materials, requiring employees to wear photo ID badges, and requiring visitors to be escorted on site.

What kinds of things are addressed in "route security"?
This includes selecting a safe transportation mode and travel route, including incidental storage locations, and minimizing stops while subject hazardous materials are in transit.

What are some of the topics included in required training on a company's Security Plan?
This training must cover company security objectives and procedures, how to recognize and respond to security threats, employee responsibilities, and organizational security structure.

How can I confirm that a hazmat carrier has an adequate Security Plan?
Ask carriers to provide information on their security measures. You can also verify their security training program and their hiring and review process, including background checks.

Why is it important to work with other similar businesses, local law enforcement, and public safety agencies?
These entities can exchange information about threats, trends, and successful and unsuccessful security programs. Law enforcement and safety officials can review your facility and security program.

Sample Video Transcript

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

Security Plans must include measures to prevent unauthorized access to subject hazardous materials and their transport vehicles (e.g. trucks, rail cars, etc.). These should include one or more of the following: • Establish partnerships with local law enforcement, emergency responders, and other public safety agencies to facilitate the exchange of information about threats, trends, and successful and unsuccessful security programs. • Request a review of the facility and security program by local law enforcement and fire safety officials, as applicable. • Restrict the availability of information about the facility and the materials being handled, and encourage authorities with this knowledge to limit its disclosure to a need-to-know basis.

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