Federal regulations found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) Part 172.702 requires that each employer whose employees work with hazardous materials (as defined in sections 49 CFR 171 and 172) must train each of its hazmat employees. “Hazmat employees” include those who prepare the packages for shipping, prepare, sign or review the paperwork, load trucks, drive the vehicles or unload or receive the hazardous materials.
A hazmat employee who performs any of these functions may not perform the function unless he or she has been trained in the requirements of hazardous materials (generally: identification, classification, labeling, marking, placarding, packaging, etc.) that apply to that function. It is the duty of each hazmat employer to comply with the applicable requirements of this subchapter and to ensure that each hazmat employee is thoroughly instructed each hazmat employee.
The following course outline is designed to make employees aware of the transportation requirements when shipping hazardous materials.