There are 9 DOT classes of hazardous materials.
These classes are used in the Hazardous Materials Table to identify the types of hazards a material presents. The class of a hazardous material can determine a number of things, including how a material is handled, packaged, stored, and transported. It is important to understand that some hazardous materials fit into more than one class, which can alter their handling and packaging needs.
This training should be taken by any involved in the transportation of hazardous materials that may need to understand Hazard Classes and Divisions as part of his or her job. This includes, but is not limited to, involved in the carrying, shipment, or manufacture of hazardous materials.
This course expands on the knowledge of placarding you received as part of your Basic General Awareness training and is included as part of Advanced General Awareness training.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 2 Contact Hours (0.2 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
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).
IACET Continuing Education Credits
Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 2 Contact Hours (0.2 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE) for this program.
Safety Unlimited, Inc. (Provider #5660170-2) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Safety Unlimited, Inc. complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is accredited to issue the IACET CEU. As an IACET Accredited Provider, Safety Unlimited, Inc. offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
About This Course
Following the completion of all training content and achievement of passing scores on all exams, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.
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.
This course has a final exam based upon the content covered in the course. The exam consists of 10 questions randomly selected from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass the exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.
The objectives of This DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Hazard Classes and Divisions course address the Federal Department of Transportation training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).
Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i)
Function-specific Training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training concerning the requirements of this subchapter, or exemptions or special permits issued under subchapter A of this chapter, that are specifically applicable to the functions the employee performs.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify with the basic hazard classes and divisions of hazardous materials;
- Understand the hazards each division presents;
- Describe an Other Regulated Material (ORM); and
- Understand the nature of materials forbidden from transportation.
A complete DOT Hazardous Materials training curriculum must include:
- Safety awareness training (Coming Soon);
- (if applicable); or
- (if applicable).
Each must train, test and certify each 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.
This training used to be referred to as DOT HM-181, DOT HM-126 or DOT HM-126F, as these are older regulations associated with these training requirements.
Depending on your specific occupation your employer may also require you to take OSHA, EPA, or other hazardous materials response training.
In addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training provided by his or her employer. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.
If you are required to use any equipment for safety or other purposes as part of your job, additional training may be required.
The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure their employees are trained adequately to do their job.