Course Length: 25 minutes
Overview: Hazardous materials (hazmat) are substances or materials that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined are capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce.
Hazmat employees are likely aware of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), which are a set of rules established by The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure hazmat is packaged and handled safely during transport.
Hazard warning labels are color- and symbol-coded to provide easy and immediate warning of the materials hazards contained inside the package. The regulations have specific requirements for design, use, placement, prohibitions, and exceptions for the labels.
This course is designed specifically for hazmat employees—that is, anyone who is employed by a hazmat employer and directly affects hazmat transportation safety. This course helps satisfy the function-specific training requirements regarding labeling.
Please note: 49 CFR 172.704(d) of the HMR requires each hazmat employer to create and retain a record certifying the current training of each hazmat employee. It is the responsibility of the hazmat employer to complete additional company-specific training in order to formally certify each student. Trainers may use the Hazmat Lady Certificate for compliance with the recordkeeping requirements in Section 172.704(d)(3). The trainer and the trainer’s company are considered the “person providing the training” in Section 172.704(d)(4). Because of this, trainers should maintain additional records documenting a description or copy of the additional company-specific training materials provided to each student.
Hazmat: Labeling assumes the learner has Hazmat General Awareness, Security Awareness, and Safety knowledge already gained from experience or successful completion of appropriate training. Specifically, the learner must be able to:
- Identify the required training all hazmat employees must receive
- Determine if a material is hazardous
- Recognize the hazard classes and divisions used to identify hazardous materials
- Recall what makes a material a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, marine pollutant, or elevated-temperature material.
- Indicate the importance of the Hazmat Table
- Communicate a material’s hazards through the use of shipping papers, markings, labels, and placards
- Recognize potential hazmat security threats and ways to reduce them
- Identify suspicious behaviors and describe how to report suspicious activity
- List precautions drivers should take to keep hazmat safe while en route to its destination
- Discuss the emergency response information requirements
- Describe the types of safety training your employer may provide to keep you safe while working around hazmat
These prerequisites can be fulfilled by using J. J. Keller’s Hazmat: General Awareness Training, Hazmat: Safety Training, and Hazmat: Security Awareness Training courses.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Explain labeling specifications and requirements
- Identify hazmat labeling and describe what each label means
Hazmat: Labeling covers the following topics:
- Intro to Labeling
- Labeling Specifications
- How to Choose a Label
- Hazmat Labels
- Label Placement
Regulations Covered: 49 CFR 172 Subpart E, 172.101, 172.704(a)(2), 173.2