Hazmat: General Awareness Training
Hazmat Training

Hazmat: General Awareness Training

Use this program to help meet the hazardous materials general awareness training requirement (49 CFR 172.704(a)(1).


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Hazardous materials (hazmat) can be a risk to health, safety, and property when shipped. The Department of Transportation (DOT) decides what items are considered hazmat.

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) are a set of rules created by The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Hazmat: General Awareness Training provides knowledge and familiarity of the HMR and its requirements, and introduces a Hazmat employee to the Hazmat Table, including hazard classifications and divisions. This training will also provide the hazmat employee with an introduction to ways hazards are communicated during transport.

Please note: 49 CFR 172.704(d) of the HMR requires each hazmat employer to create and retain a record certifying the current training of each hazmat employee. It is the responsibility of the hazmat employer to complete additional company-specific training in order to formally certify each learner. Trainers may use the J. J. Keller-issued certificate for compliance with the recordkeeping requirements in Section 172.704(d)(3). The trainer and the trainer’s company are considered the “person providing the training” in Section 172.704(d)(4). Because of this, trainers should maintain additional records documenting a description or copy of the additional company-specific training materials provided to each learner.

After completing Hazmat General Awareness training program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe what information on the hazmat table is needed to determine if a material is hazardous
  • Recognize the hazard classes and divisions on the hazmat table
  • Recognize examples of a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, marine pollutant, elevated-temperature material, and limited quantity material
  • Identify the purpose of shipping papers, markings, labels, and placards

Hazmat: General Awareness covers the following topics:

Determining a Hazmat

  • Is it a Hazmat?
  • Hazard of the Material
  • Hazard Classification
  • Other Criteria
  • The Hazmat Table

Communicating the Hazard

  • Shipping Papers
  • Markings
  • Labeling
  • Placarding
  • Function-Specific Training

Language: Available in English or Spanish

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