DOT CFR 49.171-180; 4Hr Hazardous Chemical Transportation


The DOT CFR 49.171-180; 4 Hr Hazardous Chemical Transportation course will introduce the student to the world of hazardous materials and how they must be handled for transportation. This course will give the student a general awareness, in reference to handling hazardous materials. It will explain the considerations for determining what is considered a hazardous material and how it must be handled for transportation for all modes of transportation. The course is an overview of: the paperwork required for its transportation and how it must be handled; packaging required for the product; how the packaging must be marked and type markings required; and the requirements for loading and unloading such materials.

The course will also introduce how to recognize markings and what they mean, along with how they should be placed on the packaging. The student will also learn in a general way what to do in an emergency, understanding an “Emergency Response Guidebook” and how to use it.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of  DOT 49 CFR 171-180; Hazardous Chemical Transportation (formerly DOT HM-126F) 4hr training, the student will be familiar with:

  • Requirements to handle and transport and transport hazardous materials
  • The classes of hazardous materials
  • Requirements of hazardous material paperwork and packaging
  • Significance of markings placed on hazardous materials containers and packages
  • Proper handling of hazardous materials
  • The penalties and consequences if proper handling is not followed
  • Emergency plan and how to activate it if an incident were to occur
  • Employee responsibility with regard to security of hazardous materials

Additional Information

Course Length: 4 hrs

Course Required By: Department of Transportation

Written Exam: Written and hands-on competency will be evaluated at the end of each course. Incorrectly answered questions will be reviewed with student to ensure understanding before completion of course.

Students will be required to be able to identify placards/labels with the use of a Hazardous Materials Guidebook.

Retraining: Student is responsible for retraining every 3 years.

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