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).
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.
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 consists of 10 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.
Module Section Title Module 1 - Course Overview 1 Introduction 2 How to Use the HMR 3 Hazardous Materials 4 Hazardous Materials Classes and Divisions 5 The Hazardous Materials Table 6 Shipping Papers 7 Marking, Labeling, and Placarding 8 Packaging 9 Incident Reporting 10 Security Awareness Course Exam
This course has one final exam based upon the course's 10 sections. Students are required to complete the exam after completing all course sections.
The exam consists of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam.
If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.
This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security 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 DOT, OSHA, or EPA 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.
The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.
Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.
Q - How long will this course take to complete?
A - Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.
Q -Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?
A - No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.
Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?
A - Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.
Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?
A - Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.