Hazmat Training Courses
Our hazmat training courses are designed to help your business meet U.S. and international regulatory training requirements for transporting hazardous materials utilizing the IATA DGR, U.S. DOT 49 CFR and IMDG code.
Hazardous materials and dangerous goods regulations are developed and enforced to maintain national and international safety standards for the transportation of these articles and substances through various modes of transport.
For United States purposes, all hazmat employees (§171.8, 49 CFR) who perform any of the following must be properly trained in the safe transportation of hazmat:
The hazmat employer is responsible for providing this training, or may use a third-party trainer for this purpose. The U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) does not offer any exemptions from hazmat training. Individuals who are self-employed and ship hazmat must be properly trained.
Those who transport or are involved with Dangerous Goods under IATA DGR and/or IMDG Code regulations must comply with the guidelines set forth for each respective authority of Dangerous Goods transport. While Dangerous Goods is not mandatory for shippers of Dangerous Goods using the IMDG Code, it is often required by vessel carriers as a condition of accepting shipments of Dangerous Goods aboard their cargo ships.
As such, it is in everyone's best interests and highly recommended to take the appropriate hazardous materials and Dangerous Goods training courses to comply.
All hazmat employees within the United States must be trained in the following areas dealing with hazardous materials (§172.704(a) 49 CFR, IATA 1.5.2 and 1.6):
The U.S. DOT does not require hazmat employees to be "certified" in the traditional sense that an electrician or an accountant would be certified to perform their job functions properly. However, the U.S. DOT does require a hazmat employer to ensure that each of its hazmat employees is trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in Subpart H of 49 CFR (§172.702(a)).
A hazmat employee is defined in 49 CFR as:
To complete a hazardous materials training curriculum, the following requirements must be satisfied for each hazmat employee:
Similarly, the IATA DGR requires that a test be taken to verify understanding of the regulations (126.96.36.199) and a record of training be kept for a minimum of 36 months from the most current completion date and be made available upon request by an appropriate national authority (188.8.131.52).
The IMDG Code does not specify the required aspects of Dangerous Goods "certification", but mentions that training records be kept by the employer and be provided to the employee upon request (184.108.40.206).
For United States purposes under 49 CFR, a new hazmat employee, or a hazmat employee who has changed job functions, may still perform their job functions prior to the completion of a hazardous materials training curriculum (§172.704(c)(1)) provided that they are under the direct supervision of a properly trained and knowledgeable hazmat employee (§172.704(c)(1)(i)). The training curriculum must also be completed within 90 days of employment or change in job function (§172.704(c)(1)(ii)).
Under the IATA DGR regulations, initial training courses must be taken and maintained for:
Dangerous Goods training must be provided or verified upon the employment of personnel concerned with the transport of Dangerous Goods and identified with the minimum subject matter mentioned in IATA DGR Table 1.5.A.