U.S. DOT Shipping Hazardous Materials Training: Who Needs It and Why?

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Shipping Hazardous Materials Training:  Who Needs It and Why?

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires training for “hazmat employees,” defined as: a person who is employed on a full-time, part-time, or temporary basis, and who directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety.
 
This language is prone to misinterpretation, and it is not unusual to leave out key personnel who require the training. For example, these hazmat employees should be trained:

  • Anyone who is responsible for signing:
    • Hazardous Waste Manifests;
    • Regulated Medical Waste Manifests; and
    • Other shipping papers.
  • Anyone who classifies, describes, packages, marks, labels, or placards hazmat shipments, such as:
    • Personnel (e.g., maintenance, shipping/receiving, etc.) that collect containers of hazardous waste and are responsible for labeling them in storage;
    • Laboratory personnel who ship samples or other hazmat materials;
    • IT personnel who ship lithium batteries/instruments; and
    • Employees with FedEx and UPS accounts
  • Receivers and those who supervise other employees who perform these tasks

For a listing of the upcoming USDOT and other EHS training sessions, visit https://stgermaincollins.corsizio.com/