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IATA General Awareness

In the US, all hazmat shipments that leave your facility must comply with the US

DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR). Training is mandatory for

managers and employees who prepare hazmat for transport. The DOT hazmat rules

are stringent.


 The Department of Transportation states that training is required, according to

172.704, every two or three years, based on whether you ship via air or ground.

Training is mandatory for managers and employees who prepare hazardous

materials for transport.  The DOT Hazmat rules are specific and include:


• General awareness

• Function specific

• Familiarization

• Security awareness

• Security in depth

Our training sessions provided general awareness information. In addition to meeting the requirements of DOT General Awareness training, companies also need to include Function Specific training for their employees.  We provide, during our General Awareness Training these topics, but may not be in enough depth for your employees to complete their tasks. DOT compliance will review training to determine if additional training is needed and if competency testing has been completed.

Topics that are typically included in function specific training should include the standard procedures employees follow when handling hazardous materials bound for transport.  All of the function specific training would need additional site-specific procedure information and testing. The most common subjects we offer are:

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Hazard Classes and Divisions

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Labeling & marking;

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific – Loading;

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Packaging;

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Placarding;

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Shipping Papers;

  • DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Using the Hazmat Table (HMT)

  • DOT Hazmat Function Specific – Special permits

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