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DOT Hazmat: Basic General Awareness

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This DOT Hazmat: Basic General Awareness course is an introductory course for all employees involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. This course provides a basic introduction to General Awareness compared to the Advanced instruction that includes some General Awareness topics in greater detail. All workers employed in an industry that involves the preparation or transportation of hazardous materials must have DOT General Awareness training. This includes not just drivers and manufacturers, but anyone who manufactures, repairs, or reconditions containers used to transport hazardous materials. This course also includes the DOT mandated Security Awareness training module.

The objectives of this course are to meet the DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 172.704(a)(4).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1)

General awareness/familiarization training. Each hazmat employee shall be provided general awareness/familiarization training designed to provide familiarity with the requirements of this subchapter, and to enable the employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standards of this subchapter.

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4)

Security awareness training. No later than the date of the first scheduled recurrent training after March 25, 2003, and in no case later than March 24, 2006, each hazmat employee must receive training that provides an awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and methods designed to enhance transportation security. This training must also include a component covering how to recognize and respond to possible security threats. After March 25, 2003, new hazmat employees must receive the security awareness training required by this paragraph within 90 days after employment.

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for General Awareness Training. This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

  • General Awareness training (Basic or Advanced);
  • Function-specific and modal-specific training (Air, Rail, Highway, or Vessel);
  • Safety awareness training;
  • Security awareness training;
  • In-depth security training (if applicable); and
  • Driver training for motor vehicle operators (if applicable).

Workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on the specific hazards of their job.

Training Providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training that is supplied by their own company. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company specific training should be well documented.

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