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DOT Hazardous Materials Function-Specific: Shipping Papers

The DOT requires that every hazmat employee receive training in three areas: General Awareness, Function-Specific, and Safety and Security. When you complete at least one session from each of these required categories, you will be certified according to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation at 49 CFR 172 Subpart H for shipments of hazardous materials by ground. To meet the DOT training requirements for your specific job, you must complete each Function-Specific session that applies to your job—packaging, marking and labeling, shipping papers, bulk loading and unloading, non-bulk loading and unloading, hazardous waste manifesting.


Shipping papers (bills of lading or manifests) are required to accompany most shipments of hazardous materials. If you are a shipper of hazardous materials, you must ensure that your shipping papers are complete and accurate. This Function Specific training is required for all personnel who complete or sign shipping papers. It is recommended for anyone who must understand the information on shipping papers, such as hazardous material shipment receivers and emergency responders.


In this session, you will learn:

  • When shipping papers are required, and what shipments need not be accompanied by shipping papers
  • Who is responsible for the accuracy of the shipping paper
  • What must be entered on the shipping paper
  • How to determine the entries that must be placed on shipping papers for certain materials, such as hazardous substances, marine pollutants, and generic descriptions
  • How you must distinguish hazardous from non-hazardous materials when they are in the same shipment
  • How to determine the “basic description” that must be entered for each material you ship
  • How to correctly identify the number of packages, weight, and volume
  • Emergency information that must be specified on each shipping paper
  • Who can certify the shipping paper and the text that must be in the certification
  • Recordkeeping requirements


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