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.
REHS Continuing Education Credits
Per the California Department of Public Health, Safety Unlimited, Inc. is authorized to offer 4 Contact Hours (0.4 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 4 Contact Hours (0.4 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 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.
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.
Upon completion of this course, the student will 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.
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.
Depending on your specific occupation your employer may also require you to take OSHA, EPA, or other hazardous materials response training.
Frequently Asked Questions About Online Training
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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 a course, you are 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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