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DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Course



This course covers the fundamentals of shipping hazardous materials by ground. Our 10-step approach encompasses the activities which must be addressed when preparing a hazardous material for shipment. Participants will learn how to classify hazardous materials, select proper packaging, mark and label containers, and prepare required shipping documents, all in accordance with the USDOT regulations. New requirements enacted over the past year are highlighted throughout the course.

The USDOT requires training for anyone who handles hazardous materials including individuals who ship or receive hazardous materials, prepare hazardous materials for transportation, mark and label containers, complete shipping documents, select packaging and load or unload hazardous materials. 

This course is designed to meet the training requirements as specified in 49 CFR 172.700 Subpart H, which specify that employees must be trained at least once every three years. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate which includes the participants name, completion date, and copy of the test scores. The certificate includes the name and address of the trainer as required for recordkeeping. 

This course is based on the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants. This training is also referred to as HM-181 training, Subpart H training, and hazmat training. While this course is meant to satisfy DOT's general training requirements, it does not go into detail on the shipping of radioactive materials.

Hazardous materials (hazmat) training now applies to any individual who;

  • Ships hazardous materials by ground;
  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
  • Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers, drums, or packagings for transportation of hazardous materials;
  • Prepares hazardous materials shipping papers for transportation;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials;

Upon completion of this online course, 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;
  • select proper packaging for hazardous materials;
  • understand the vehicle placarding requirements;
  • develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments;and
  • understand security awareness and plan requirements.

  • General awareness and familiarization
  • Identification of hazardous materials
  • Packaging operations
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Placarding
  • Security Awareness & Plan
  • Federal Register update

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