In the aftermath of September 11, other terrorist attacks, and still more attempted attacks on US soil, the Department of Transportation (DOT) made Security Awareness part of General Awareness training, and therefore required training, for all workers involved in the shipment of hazardous materials. A Security Awareness Module is included in our current DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness Training (4 Hour) and DOT Hazmat Advanced General Awareness Training (10 Hour) courses.
It is incumbent upon those involved in the shipment of hazardous materials to protect these shipments and be aware of any threats in order to protect cargo, your national infrastructure, and your fellow citizens.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 1 Contact Hour (0.1 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 1 Contact Hour (0.1 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 module exams. 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 20 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: Security Awareness course address the Federal Department of Transportation training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4).
Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4)
Security Awareness Training. No later than the date of the first scheduled recurrent training after March 25, 2003, and in no case later than March 24, 2006, each hazmat employee must receive training that provides an awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and methods designed to enhance transportation security. This training must also include a component covering how to recognize and respond to possible security threats. After March 25, 2003, new hazmat employees must receive the security awareness training required by this paragraph within 90 days after employment.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand the security threats and targets associated with transporting hazardous materials;
- Explain methods of enhancing hazardous materials transportation security, especially while en route;
- Describe the tools that will help prevent security breaches; and
- Understand the requirements for an in-depth security plan.
A complete DOT Hazardous Materials training curriculum must include:
- General Awareness training (Basic or Advanced);
- and training;
- Security awareness training (This Course);
- 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. Untrained employees may perform hazardous materials employee functions, but only under direct supervision.
The Department of Transportation requires all hazmat employees to be retrained and tested at least once every 3 years. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires retraining for air carrier employees every 2 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.
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 that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.