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Hazmat Training

How Do You Know You Meet Hazardous Materials Compliance Requirements?

Hazmat noncompliance – or not knowing – puts businesses and lives at risk. Get in compliance and drive safer with hazmat training from NTCI.

Anyone who does anything related to the shipment of hazardous materials that could have an impact on the safety of the load requires training.

You May Be a Hazmat Carrier Without Knowing It.

USDOT definition of a hazmat employer
A person who uses one or more of its employees in connection with: transporting hazardous materials in commerce; causing hazardous materials to be transported or shipped in commerce; or representing, marking, certifying, selling, offering, manufacturing, reconditioning, testing, repairing or modifying containers, drums, or packaging as qualified in the transportation of hazardous materials.
USDOT definition of a hazmat worker
A person employed by a hazmat employer and who, in the course of their employment, loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials; designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce or directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety.

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Base Fines for Violation of PHMSA Standards

CIVIL: UP TO $186,000
CRIMINAL: UP TO $500,000
Figures do not include punitive damage/civil lawsuits.

How Do You Know If You’re In Compliance?

These questions may help you avoid the most common violations, but only proper training from expert consultants can guarantee you will be compliant with all FMCSA and PHMSA requirements.

How Do You Know If You Have Quality Hazmat Training?

Questions to consider:

  • Do your hazmat employees know how to properly secure packages?
  • Do your hazmat employees know how to identify hazardous materials?
  • Do your hazmat employees know how to operate in regard to the type of material they’re handling?

Are You Training Often Enough?

Questions to consider:

  • Do you train your hazmat employees within 90 days of employment?
  • Do you hold additional training every 3 years?

Can You Provide Proper Documentation?

Questions to consider:

  • Do you have documentation of your employees’ completed training?
  • Do you have the necessary paperwork, including training completion dates and descriptions?
  • Do you have proper shipping papers, vehicle placards, and copies of your USDOT HM Registration Number?

How NTCI Helps You Get In Compliance

Our former motor carrier law enforcement officers have 20+ years of experience and the knowledge to ensure you’re handling hazardous materials properly.

NTCI Consultant Tip

“Anyone who handles HazMat must have up-to-date training. This training isn’t only for the driver transporting the HazMat-related product. Depending on your company’s operations, training could include employees who take product orders, prepare shipping papers, work in the warehouse, and load products into vehicles. These are just a few examples of employee-specific roles. If your team’s training is outdated, there’s an excellent chance you will be fined. Worst-case scenario, neglecting safety and compliance can cause devastating accidents and put lives at risk while transporting HazMat-related products.”

– Brent Moore, Senior Safety Consultant

Types of Hazmat Training

General Awareness Training

General awareness training teaches your drivers and employees proper hazmat procedures for:

  • Hazardous Materials Tables (HMTs)
  • Shipping papers
  • Marking and labeling
  • Placarding
  • Packaging
  • Highway, air, rail, and water modal security requirements

Security Awareness Training

Security awareness training covers your company’s security objectives, security structure, and security procedures. It prepares your organization to:

  • Update your hazmat security plan as needed
  • Define specific duties and responsibilities for each employee
  • Define specific actions for each employee in the event of a security breach
  • Train new employees within their first 90 days of employment

Hazmat Safety Training

Hazmat safety training teaches your drivers and employees to handle hazardous materials safely in all situations. It prepares your organization to:

  • Implement organizational plan to prevent hazmat-related issues
  • Develop an emergency response plan that meets PHMSA requirements
  • Train employees how to respond in hazmat emergencies

Function Specific Training

Function-specific training is customized to your business and the hazardous materials you transport. It covers:

  • Required hazmat paperwork
  • Proper hazmat packaging and preparation
  • Specific training requirements for the materials your employees handle

Don’t wait for an audit or accident to find out if you’re compliant. Get the training you need from experienced hazmat consultants.