Hazmat Training (DOT, IATA, IMDG)

Lion offers hazmat training classes to help satisfy DOT, IATA DGR, and IMDG certification requirements. Choose from nationwide hazmat workshops, online hazmat training courses, and live webinars for training to fit any learning style or experience level.

What should hazmat training cover?

Hazmat training must cover five distinct topics to comply with DOT training standards in 49 CFR 172.704:

  • Hazmat general awareness,
  • Function-specific hazmat training,
  • Hazmat security awareness,
  • Hazmat safety training, and
  • Hazmat security plan training.

        [49 CFR 172.704(a)(1)–(a)(5)]

The first three topics are required for all hazmat employees. Safety training and security plan training are required for some hazmat employees.

Do I need hazmat training?

Hazmat training is required for all employees who can affect the safety of hazardous materials in transport, including those who:
  • Read and interpret regulations
  • Supervise hazmat shipping operations
  • Classify or name hazardous materials for transport
  • Package shipments or load containers
  • Affix hazmat marks and labels
  • Load or unload motor vehicles
  • Fill out or sign hazmat shipping papers
  • Train other hazmat employees

Lion's hazmat courses provide certification training required by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Do I need hazmat safety training?

US DOT’s official policy is that “safety training” is required for hazmat employees who physically handle or transport hazmat packages and who may be exposed to hazmat as a result of a transportation accident. This is understood to include packers, warehouse personnel, drivers, train crews, and employees who load/unload aircraft and vessels. [See 57 FR 20949, May 15, 1992]

Do I need hazmat Security Plan training?

US DOT requires some hazmat shippers to create and maintain a security plan. If your facility is required to have a security plan, then hazmat employees must receive training on their responsibilities under the plan.  

Read more: Who Needs a Hazmat Securiry Plan? 

DOT Hazmat Training for Ground Shippers

Need DOT training to ship hazardous materials by highway?

Lion Technology offers effective hazmat certification training courses on the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR). Courses focus on how to identify and safely prepare hazmat shipments for ground transport by common and contract carriers..

Our DOT hazmat courses are built to satisfy DOT training mandates for hazmat employees found at 49 CFR 172.704 by providing hazmat general awareness, security awareness, and function-specific training.
In the US, the DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulates hazardous materials transportation—including hazmat training. 

DOT training requirements for "hazmat employees:" 
  • New hazmat employees must be trained within 90 days of hire/assignment.
  • New hazmat employees must work under supervision until trained.
  • Hazmat training must be repeated at least once every three years.
  • Employers must keep records of hazmat training.
  • The minimum civil penalty for each hazmat training violation is $508 per day.
  • The maximum civil penalty for each hazmat shipping violation is $84,425 per day.
[See 49 CFR 172.704 and 49 U.S.C. 5123]

Learn more: Hazmat Training FAQ

IATA DGR Hazmat Training for Air Shippers

If you offer hazardous materials/dangerous goods for transport by passenger or cargo aircraft, you must know the unique, additional IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) requirements that apply to the air mode.

The IATA DGR Section 1.5 requires hazmat training once every 24 months for all employees involved in preparing or offering shipments for air transport. Lion’s IATA DGR training is intended for hazardous materials/dangerous goods shipping personnel defined in IATA DGR Table 1.5A, categories 1, 2, 3, and 4—shippers, packers, and freight forwarder staff and personnel.

Most major air carriers, including UPS and FedEx, only accept hazardous materials air shipments that comply with the IATA DGR.

IMDG Code Hazmat Training for Vessel Shippers

If your business ships hazmat by vessel, your shipments must comply with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) as well as DOT's 49 CFR hazmat regulations.

For shippers in the US, the IMDG Code Section 1.3 requires hazmat employee training once every three years.

In addition to costly civil penalties, failure to comply with domestic and international hazmat shipping and training regulations can result in rejected shipments, carrier blacklisting, incidents in transit, property damage, and injury to employees or the public.

Learn more: Dangerous Goods Training FAQ