DOT Hazmat: Basic General Awareness (4 Hour)

Department of Transportation (DOT) Training per 49 CFR – Includes Security Awareness.

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This training used to be referred to as DOT HM-181, DOT HM-126 or DOT HM-126F, as those are older regulations associated with these training requirements.

Overview

This DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness online course is a 4-hour introductory course for all employees involved in the transportation of hazardous materials and meets the DOT's requirements for General Awareness training. For a more in-depth version of this course, you can take our 10-hour DOT Hazmat Advanced General Awareness course. Both courses include the mandatory Security Awareness Module.

All workers employed in an industry that involves the preparation or transportation of hazardous materials must have DOT General Awareness training. This includes not just drivers and manufacturers, but anyone who manufactures, repairs, or reconditions containers used to transport hazardous materials.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the wide variety of hazardous materials regulated by the US Department of Transportation (DOT); a basic description of how to use the hazardous materials table and navigate the DOT regulations; when specific hazard labels, placards, and markings are required, as well as exceptions to the requirements; and packaging requirements for hazardous materials.

Upon completion of this course you will receive a certificate of completion and a wallet identification card, as well as continued access to the material should you require it.

This course can be taken as initial training or refresher training, and must be refreshed a minimum of every three years.

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Course Objectives

The objectives of the DOT General Awareness training course are to meet the Federal Department of Transportation 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

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify the basic hazmat hazard classes and divisions and understand their associated hazards;
  • Use the hazmat table to locate proper shipping names, identification numbers, hazard classes, packaging and labeling requirements, and more;
  • Complete shipping papers for hazardous materials;
  • Demonstrate the proper use of markings, labels, and placards; and
  • Describe the differences in packagings and which types of packagings are appropriate for specific hazardous materials.

Course Outline

This fully narrated course is built for success, and includes interactions, exercises, and quiz questions intended to help prepare students for the final exam. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed.

Course Exams

This course has one final exam. The final exam consists of 25 questions randomly selected from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass the final exam. If a student does not pass the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Accreditation

This U.S. DOT accepted training is brought to you by a team of Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 49 CFR. Upon completion of this course you will have immediate access to a Safety Unlimited course completion certificate you can download, save, and/or print.

Continuing Education Credits

Per the California Department of Public Health, this course is approved for 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE). While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit (Public Health Accreditation #044).

Training Requirements

A complete DOT Hazardous Materials training curriculum must include:

Each Hazmat Employer must train, test and certify each Hazmat Employee within 90 days of employment. Recurrent training is required at least once every 3 years.

Initial training is required within 90 days for new employees or employees who assume new hazmat related responsibilities. Until they are trained, these employees may perform a hazardous materials employee function only under direct supervision.

DOT requires that hazmat employees be retrained and tested at least once every three years. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires training for air carrier employees every two years.

Both the DOT and FAA require employers to maintain training records.

Depending on your specific occupation your employer may also require you to take OSHA, EPA, or other hazardous materials response training.

Volume Pricing

To learn more about our volume discounts for this training, visit our Volume Pricing page. We also offer an easy way to Enroll Multiple Students.

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Frequently Asked Questions About This Course

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You must complete this training within 90 days of initial employment or change in job function that requires this training.

You are required by Federal law to repeat this training at least once every 3 years.

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may take longer to complete their training. This course will take around 4 hours to complete.

Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Yes, once you have completed the course you will be able to download, save, or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.

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Yes, in addition to the pdf certificate, this course also comes with a PVC wallet ID card with optional photo. ID cards are mailed from our Main Office in Southern California via U.S. Postal Service to anywhere in the United States. Addresses outside the U.S. may incur additional postage fees. Wallet ID cards are created and mailed either the same or next business day, depending on what time the course is completed. Please allow for appropriate mail time, as this may vary by location.

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Online Training on Mobile Devices Tablet Smart Phone HTML 5 The Future

With a great number of adults using mobile devices--such as tablets and smart phones--to check emails, do business, and even enjoy movies. Safety Unlimited, Inc. knows it's time to make some changes.

We're excited to announce a selection of courses now available in HTML 5, making them more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). Many of our existing courses are presented using Adobe Flash Player and require additional software that may not be available on your mobile device. By comparison, our mobile-ready courses require only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser, allowing students to take the course anywhere they have an internet connection.

You can switch between your computer and your mobile device, and our Learning Management System will keep track of your progress. There is no need to complete an entire section in order to move from one device to another.

We are working on making ALL of our online courses MOBILE DEVICE READY. This gives you, the customer, the choice and flexibility to take our online training on your computer or from the comfort of your own palm, wherever you may be. You now have complete control of when and where you would like to take your online training!

Mobile Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size. The newer the device, the better the result. We are also aware that the course will not work on the first generation iPad, nor older Android Tablets. The best way to see how it works on your device is to click on the DEMO button on this page.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks. If you have difficulties with this course, please contact Customer Support.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.

HAZMAT Employer

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation

A person whose employee(s) perform the following functions:

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 person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and directly affects hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation safety.

Additional Info / Example

This Includes

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

Function-Specific Training

Function-specific training is hazardous materials training required as part of your job, but is not covered by any of the other core DOT courses (e.g., General Awareness, Security Awareness, Safety Awareness, etc.). Our current function-specific course options include the following:

Included in DOT 10 Hour General Awareness Course

Coming Soon

  • Shipping Batteries Safely by Air
  • Segregation
  • Incident Reporting
  • Loading and Unloading (Non-bulk)
  • Loading and Unloading (Bulk)
  • Handling Radioactive Materials

Additional function-specific training may be required to prepare you for the duties associated with your job.

Modal-Specific Training

Modal-specific training is hazardous materials transportation training that is specific to the mode of transportation by which a hazmat is conveyed. There are four DOT modal-specific courses, one for each mode of transportation:

In-Depth Security Training

In-depth Security training is required when an employer is required by 49 CFR 172.800(b) to have an In-depth Security plan. This training is site specific and covers actions taken by employees according to the employer's plan. In-depth security training is not currently offered.

Driver Training For Motor Vehicle Operators

Drivers of motor vehicles that transport hazardous materials must have training that involves how to safely transport a hazardous material by highway. This may involve a wide variety of driver safety courses. Driver training is not currently offered.