DOT Training: HAZMAT Basic General Awareness (4 Hours)

Our DOT HAZMAT Training Online: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course is designed for employees who work in industries where hazardous materials are prepared or transported, who need to meet Federal DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. This HAZMAT course would be applicable to workers such as drivers, manufacturers, and persons who manufacture, repair or recondition containers used to transport hazardous materials. We also offer a more in-depth DOT HAZMAT Training Online: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hr) course, which meets several function-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements met by this 4 hour course.

This DOT HAZMAT course provides training regarding the many hazardous materials regulated by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Students will learn how to use the hazmat table; how to complete hazmat shipping papers; when to use specific hazard placards, markings and labels; and how to appropriately package specific hazardous materials. This course can be used as either initial training or refresher training, which must be completed at least every three years per DOT requirements.

For information on DOT HAZMAT training requirements or the DOT HAZMAT courses we offer, visit our DOT HAZMAT Training page.

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Course Outline

This DOT HAZMAT training online course consists of 10 sections, which must be completed sequentially. Within our Online Training System (OTS), the sections are fully narrated and interactive. Quiz questions within each section help the student retain knowledge that will be needed for the final exam.

Module 1
SectionTitle
Course Overview
Learning objectives | Definitions.
1Introduction
The Department of Transportation (DOT) | 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) | The HMR (Hazardous Materials Regulations) | Training and training exceptions | Penalties for non-compliance | Security plan requirements.
2How to Use the HMR
Navigating the HMR | The Hazardous Materials Table | Finding the HMR online.
3Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials, hazardous substances, and hazardous wastes | Marine pollutants | Hazardous material determination.
4Hazardous Materials Classes and Divisions
Classes, divisions, and other regulated materials.
5The Hazardous Materials Table
Purpose, location, elements and appendices of the HMT.
6Shipping Papers
Shipping papers | Basic information | Emergency response numbers | Emergency response information | Shipping paper retention | Shipper certification.
7Marking, Labeling, and Placarding
Requirements for marking, labeling, and placarding | Classes of markings, labels, and placards | Exceptions.
8HAZMAT Packaging
Types of packagings | Packing groups | Bulk and non-bulk packagings | Packaging requirements | Determining appropriate packaging.
9Incident Reporting
Telephone notification | NRC and CDC | Written reports and maintenance.
10Security Awareness
Importance of security awareness | Potential targets and threats | En route security | Employer responsibilities | Vulnerability assessments | Security reviews | Facility security | In-depth security plans.
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 25 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass the final exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.

Course Format

This is a 100% online, fully narrated DOT HAZMAT course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7.

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this course includes up-to-date, high quality training created with your safety and learning as our top priority. The course features interactive training modules, which combine audio and visual elements for maximum retention. The course is completed entirely online using a computer with an internet connection. Our Online Training System (OTS) and online courses are available 24/7. For your convenience, the course can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved to the last section completed. Students are given 6 months to complete the course after enrollment. We are so certain you will be satisfied with your experience, that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee*.

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.

Accreditation

This DOT HAZMAT training online course was designed by Certified Outreach Trainers. It is U.S. DOT accepted and meets the requirements for 49 CFR.

DOT HAZMAT Certification

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your course DOT HAZMAT Certificate of Course Completion which is provided in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.

Course Objectives

The objective of this DOT HAZMAT awareness training course is to meet the Federal DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H.

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1):

General awareness/familiarization training. Each hazmat employee shall be provided general awareness/familiarization training designed to provide familiarity with the requirements of this subchapter, and to enable the employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standards of this subchapter.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify basic hazmat hazard classes and divisions and understand the hazards associated with each
  • Use the hazmat table to find proper shipping names, hazard classes, identification numbers, packaging and labeling requirements, etc.
  • Complete hazardous materials shipping papers
  • Properly use hazard markings, labels, and placards
  • Describe appropriate packaging for specific hazardous materials

Requirements

Per DOT Hazmat Training Requirements, a complete curriculum must include:

General Awareness Training (Basic or Advanced)

Function-specific and Modal-specific Training

Function-specific Training

Function-specific training is required hazardous materials training specific to the functions an employee actually performs. We offer the following function-specific course options, which may be taken separately or are already included within the DOT Hazmat: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course (with the exception of the Shipping Batteries course.)

* Additional function-specific training may be required to prepare you for the specific duties you perform on the job. 

Modal-specific Training

Modal-specific training is specific to the mode of transportation that will be used to tranport hazardous materials. We offer four DOT Hazmat modal-specific courses:

Security Awareness Training

We offer a 100% Online DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training course. DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training is also included within our DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course and our DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness (4 Hour) course.

Safety Awareness Training

We are working on Online courses to help workers meet this requirement. Coming soon!

In-depth Security Training (if applicable)

When an employer is required by 49 CFR 172.800(b) to have an in-depth Security plan, then in-depth Security training is also required. This site-specific training covers actions taken by employees according to the employer’s plan. We don’t currently offer in-depth security training.

Driver Training for Motor Vehicle Operators (if applicable)

Motor vehicle drivers who transport hazardous materials must have training on the safe transportation of hazardous materials by highway. A variety of driver safety courses may be needed. We do not currently offer driver training.

HAZMAT Employers are required to train new HAZMAT Employees within 90 days of employment or assuming new related job responsibilities. Direct supervision is required of the employee performing a hazardous material function until training is complete. DOT requirements specify HAZMAT employees need to be retrained and tested at least once every three years. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires air carrier employees to be trained every two years. DOT and FAA require employers to maintain training records.

Hazmat Employer

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employer is a person whose employee(s) perform the following functions:

  • Transport hazardous materials (hazmat) in commerce;
  • Cause hazmat to be transported or shipped in commerce; or
  • Represent, mark, certify, sell, offer, recondition, test, repair, or modify packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat.

The term “hazmat employer” also includes any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States, a State, a political subdivision of a State, or an Indian tribe engaged in offering or transporting hazmat in commerce.

Hazmat Employee

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employee is a person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and directly affects hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation safety.

This would include an owner-operator of a motor vehicle which transports hazmat, and a person (including a self-employed person) who:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazmat;
  • Tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks, or otherwise represents packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat;
  • Prepares hazmat for transportation;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat; or
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.

Additional Training

Please note that this course provides valuable DOT HAZMAT awareness training information which applies to the general population of employees who work in industries where hazardous materials are prepared or transported. This course is not meant to replace company-specific training provided by your employer on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

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