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Hazmat Training

Dangerous goods and hazardous materials training – click on a heading below for more on that topic.

DOT HAZMAT Training – How to contact PHMSA, free hazmat technical support hotline 800 number: Dangerous Goods Training – what are dangerous goods, who regulates them, what are the hazard classes?
Online Hazmat Training – Hazmat Classes, Hazard Classification Hazmat Shipping Training – here’s what’s required for United States Shippers (this mirrors the international regulations):
DOT PHMSA Hazmat Training – Shippers of Hamzat in the U.S. need to know: Hazardous Materials Shipping Training – How do you know if you’re shipping hazardous materials?
Hazardous Materials Training – When is it required? Hazardous Materials Transportation Training – some basic info on hazmat shipping requirements
Hazmat Training – in the U.S., where can you find the regulations?

What Is Hazmat?

Hazmat is an abbreviation for “Hazardous Materials” and is the term most-commonly used in the United States to refer to substances & articles that are subject to the HMR (Hazardous Materials Regulations) published by the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation). 49CFR (Code of Federal Regulations Title 49) is the book that contains all the regulations regarding the safe and legal transport of substances and articles to, from, through, and within the United States.

Transporting Hazmat Outside the U.S.

Internationally, “Hazmat” is referred to Dangerous Goods (or DGs for short). Transporting Dangerous Goods Internationally is a bit more complex because each country can set their own regulations. But, most countries follow the guidelines set forth by the United Nations Committee of Experts which creates a more standard methodology for shippers and carriers of Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials.

Transporting Hazmat By Ocean & Air

For ocean transport of hazmat / dangerous goods, the regulations to follow are usually the IMDG code.

For air transport of hazmat / dangerous goods, most shippers and carriers follow ICAO/IATA regulations; the IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations contain all of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) but additionally the IATA regulations also contain the exceptions and additional restrictions (“Special Provisions”) that association member air carriers have submitted for inclusion.

Who Needs Hazmat Training & When Is It Required?

It’s vitally important to follow the correct regulations for proper identification, classification, packing, marking, labeling, and documenting dangerous goods. Refer to the appropriate manual for domestic or international hazmat / dangerous goods shipping – in most cases this will be 49CFR, IATA/ICAO, and IMDG Code books.

It’s also vitally important for shippers and carriers to get the proper training for the specific job functions – if you are a “hazmat employer” or a “hazmat employee” it’s your responsibility to have the proper training in place.

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