DOT HAZMAT Packaging


DOT HAZMAT Packaging


Course Overview

Who Should Take This Course?

This DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Packaging course was developed to help you select appropriate packaging for hazardous materials before shipment. This course expands upon the knowledge of packaging received as part of Basic General Awareness and is included in Advanced General Awareness training.

Workers involved in the transportation, manufacture, or use of hazardous materials who require more than basic knowledge of Packaging should receive this training.

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Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to help meet the DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i)

Function-specific Training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training concerning the requirements of this subchapter, or exemptions or special permits issued under subchapter A of this chapter, that are specifically applicable to the functions the employee performs.

Course Topics

This course consists of 8 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Module Section Title
Module 1 - Course Overview
1 General Packaging Requirements
2 Air Shipments
3 Packaging Exceptions
4 Leaking or Damaged Packages, Hazardous Waste, and Overpacks
5 Department of Defense Packaging
Course Exam

Course Exams

This course has one final exam based upon the course's 4 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.


Additional Training

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:

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.