Hazardous Materials Motor Carriers Training Requirements

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DOT was formed in April 1967 and consists of several administrations representing the various transportation modes. The Department serves as the focal point in the federal government for the coordinated National Transportation Policy.

DOT is responsible for transportation safety improvements and enforcement, international transportation agreements, and the continuity of transportation services in the public interest. The Department also prepares and proposes all legislation relating to transportation, coordinates transportation issues with other concerned agencies, and provides technical assistance to the states and cities in support of transportation programs and objectives.

Through the Office of the Secretary and each of the Operating Administrations, the Department acquires equipment and services for its functional elements and disburses funds to the states and municipal authorities for transportation purposes.


Topic Training Refresher Training Trainer Qualifications
Hazardous Materials Drivers
49 CFR 177.816
Training in the safe operation of their vehicles Every 3 years
Hazardous Materials Employees
49 CFR 172.702 and 49 CFR 172.704
All Hazardous Materials employees must receive one or more types of training depending on their job duties.
General awareness: Required for all employees with any hazardous materials transportation responsibilities
Security awareness training: Training must provide an awareness of security risks associated with hazmat transportation and methods designed to enhance transportation security.
Function-specific: Training covering the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities each individual needs to do his or her hazardous materials transport tasks properly and safely
Safety: Training required for employees who handle or transport packages containing hazardous materials, including warehouse workers, and drivers who would be exposed to hazardous materials if they were in an accident
Drivers: In addition to first three levels of training, special training that meets FMCSA regulations pertaining to vehicle inspection and operation; conditions affecting vehicle handling; and crossing tunnels, bridges, and railroads
In-depth security: Training concerning the security plan and its implementation for all hazardous materials employees of companies required to have a security plan.
HAZWOPER: Required for employees required to drive onto hazardous waste sites, enter EPA-regulated TSDF, or respond to hazardous waste emergencies.
Every 3 years The employer must determine a trainer’s qualifications on the basis of the employer’s need.
Hazardous Materials Employees: Security
49 CFR 172.704
In-depth security training. Hazmat employees of companies required to have a security plan must receive in-depth security training concerning the security plan and its implementation. At the employee’s next scheduled retraining at or within the 3-year training cycle

If the security plan for which training is required is revised during the 3-year recurrent training cycle, within 90 days of implementation of the revised plan