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DOT Hazmat: Basic General Awareness (4 Hour)

Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazmat per 49 CFR
$74.95

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.

This course has been approved for 4 Contact Hours (0.4 CEUs) of REHS Continuing Education Credits (Public Health Accreditation #044).

Features: 
Certificate of Completion
Wallet ID Included
Mobile Device Ready

Overview

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

Authorized IACET Provider

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.
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 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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Related Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazmat per 49 CFR Courses

HAZMAT EMPLOYER

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation

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 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:

  • 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.

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.