Course Details

DOT Hazardous Materials: General Awareness

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.


In this General Awareness session, you’ll gain a complete understanding of the goals of the hazardous materials regulations and how they impact your shipments. You’ll learn:

  • Who is responsible for compliance with the hazardous materials regulations
  • Where to find the regulations that apply to your activities and how to understand them
  • What can happen if you don’t follow the rules
  • The full scope of activities at your site that are covered by the hazardous materials regulations, such as packaging, marking, labeling, documentation, and shipping
  • How to determine which of your shipments are subject to the hazardous materials regulations
  • The meaning of essential terms that are used throughout the regulations
  • Which regulations apply to your shipments, and which rules don’t apply
  • How to classify your hazardous materials by using the DOT hazardous materials table and other essential references
  • How to determine the “proper shipping name” for your hazardous materials, and how this name impacts every aspect of your shipments


You’ll also be introduced to the key aspects of the hazardous materials regulations that will ensure your shipments are safe: packaging, marking, labeling, placarding, shipping papers, safety, security, and recordkeeping.


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