DOT Outline General Awareness / Refresher

General Background:

    Federal regulations found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) Part 172.702 requires that each employer whose employees work with hazardous materials (as defined in sections 49 CFR 171 and 172) must train each of its hazmat employees. “Hazmat employees” include those who prepare the packages for shipping, prepare, sign or review the paperwork, load trucks, drive the vehicles or unload or receive the hazardous materials.

    A hazmat employee who performs any of these functions may not perform the function unless he or she has been trained in the requirements of hazardous materials (generally: identification, classification, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging, etc.) that apply to that function. It is the duty of each hazmat employer to comply with the applicable requirements of this subchapter and to ensure that each hazmat employee is thoroughly instructed each hazmat employee.

In addition, hazmat employers must ensure that each of hazmat employee is tested by appropriate means on the training subjects covered in Sec. 172.704.

    The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the transportation requirements when shipping hazardous materials.

  1. Introduction of Program
    1. Historical review of regulations.
    2. Review of applicable standards (DOT, EPA, OSHA).
    3. Definitions, Fines and Penalties
  2. Hazardous Material Table (HMT)
    1. Discussion, review and proper use of the HMT:
      1. Explain columns 1-10 of the HMT. The following information will be discussed: Symbols, Proper shipping names, Hazard classes & divisions, Identification numbers, Packing groups, Special Provisions, Packaging authorizations, Quantity Limitations and Vessel stowage requirements.
      2. Hands-on exercise on the HMT at the end of the course.
  3. Sources of Reference
    1. DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
    2. MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)
    3. Table top exercise utilizing sources of reference
  4. Shipping Papers and Manifests
    1. Explain how to properly fill out shipping papers
    2. Emergency Notification
    3. Hazardous Waste Manifest
    4. Discuss RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
    5. Demonstration of the manifest process
    6. Hands-on exercise (Hazardous Waste Manifest)
  5. Conclusion
    1. Summary
    2. Evaluation
NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a work place evaluation and program review in an effort to help maintain compliance.
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