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DOT Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials

Learning Objectives

  • Explain what hazardous materials are and describe why it is important to transport hazardous materials safely.
  • List the steps required to transport hazardous materials safely, the roles of individuals and companies involved in the transportation process, and the classes of hazardous materials that may be transported.
  • Describe the reference tools available to help workers ensure the safe transport of hazardous materials.

Available in English

25 minutes

On a daily basis, as you’re commuting to and from work, going to the grocery store, or taking your kids to ball practice, how many semi-trucks do you see on the road? Probably quite a few—and many of them could be carrying hazardous materials. We often don’t consider this fact as we’re going about our daily lives, because more often than not the transportation of hazardous materials is done safely and does not impact us. However, when it comes to the transportation of hazardous materials, if something goes wrong, the situation can get ugly fast.

In order to prevent these ugly situations from happening, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all employees who handle hazardous materials through any phase of the transportation process to be trained.  And this is where Vivid comes in.

DOT Hazardous Materials General Awareness consists of five lessons, The goal of this library is to offer the required DOT awareness-level lessons that help save lives in high risk work environments, particularly those that involve transporting hazardous materials. The first lesson is DOT Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials. This lesson provides an overview of the hazardous materials transport process and introduces the learner to the many references used during that process.

Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Transportation Process
  • Reference Tools
  • Summary
Regulations
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 172, Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security Plans
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 173, Shippers – General Requirements for Shipments and Packaging
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 177, Segregation and Separation Chart of Hazardous Materials
  • How to Comply with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, December 2014
  • Guide for Preparing Shipping Papers, US Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, December 2006