DOT Hazardous Materials Shipping for Environmental Professionals

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Environmental professionals responsible for shipping supplies, equipment, and samples related to hazardous waste site investigation and remediation may be required to meet the DOT's regulations for shipping hazardous materials. This web-based, online course discusses the fundamentals of shipping hazardous materials and hazardous wastes, including quantity exemptions and exceptions which may apply to environmental samples.

Some samples will be classified as hazardous materials. Individuals shipping these items must comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. The regulations require individuals to receive initial training and be retrained at least once every 3 years. 

This course also covers the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, and is geared towards individuals who sign manifests for shipments of hazardous waste. 

A brief discussion of shipments to and from Canada is also included. This course is based on the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants.

Environmental professionals who are involved with handling, shipping, or receiving hazardous materials, including samples of hazardous waste. This may include:

  • samplers
  • drillers
  • engineers
  • geologists
  • laboratory technicians
  • scientists
  • field technicians
  • hazardous waste handlers
  • environmental professionals

After completing this series, participants should be able to: locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations; properly label and mark hazardous material containers for shipment; complete Bill of Lading for hazardous materials (including Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest); select proper packaging for hazardous materials; understand the vehicle placarding requirements; and develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.

Topics include:

  • General Awareness
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Hazardous Materials Table
  • Exceptions and Exemptions
  • Environmental Samples and Equipment
  • Shipping Papers
  • Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest
  • Training Requirements
  • Security Awareness Training

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