Hazardous Materials Transportation Act

The main federal regulation in the United States regulating the transportation of hazardous materials is the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA), which was adopted in 1975. It is administered by the United States Secretary of Transportation and aims to “guard against the dangers to life, property, and the environment that are inherent in the transportation of hazardous material in intrastate, interstate, and overseas trade.”

HMTA authorized the Secretary of Transportation to term any “particular quantity or form” of a material which “may pose an unreasonable risk to health and safety or property” as hazardous material.

According to their intended purpose, rules pertaining to hazardous materials can be broken down into four distinct categories.

  1. Procedures and/or Policies 49 CFR Parts 101, 106, and 107
  2. Material Designations 49 CFR Part 172
  3. Packaging Requirements 49 CFR Parts 173, 178, 179, and 180
  4. Operational Rules 49 CFR Parts 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, and 177

The Act was enacted to strengthen the coordination and uniformity of current regulations for carrying hazardous chemicals in order to minimize spills and illicit dumping that endanger the public and the environment.

Compliance orders [49 U.S.C. 1808(a)], civil penalties [49 U.S.C. 1809(b)], and injunctive relief are all tools used to uphold the HMTA (49 U.S.C. 1810). State and local governmental requirements that are inconsistent with the HMTA (Section 112, 40 U.S.C. 1811) are preempted unless the governmental requirement gives equal or greater protection to the public than the HMTA requirement.

Goals of the Course

The purpose of this program is to provide the necessary skills and information to hazmat employees so that they can carry out their duties in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and reduce the risk of any mishap.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for general industry.

training requirements of 29 CFR 1926.65(e)(3)(i) defined by Federal OSHA HAZWOPER for construction sector.

HAZWOPER training requirements for EPA and State OSHA guidelines.

Audience Specified

The training applies to every OSHA employee, who intends to address emergencies disturbing the
sustained operations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office. This includes
employees handling hazardous waste material.

Learning Outcome:

At the completion of this course, students will be able to understand:

Training Modules:

Module 1


Module 2

Overview of the Transport Tasks and Related Hazards

Module 3

HMTA’s Safety Methods      

Module 4

Awareness about Security

Module 5

Awareness about Security

Module 6

Driver Training

Quiz and Exam Information

Module Quiz

Quiz will be held at the end of each module to comprehend the knowledge of students about that
module and its relevant aspects. It is mandatory to pass all quizzes to be able to take final

Examinable Features

Completion time

Students are expected to complete all modules and pass final exam within 6 months of the initial registration
to receive course credits. A re-registration with complete course fee will be required after the expiration of this time period.
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