DOT Hazmat Ground Shipper Training

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires training for all employees who prepare or offer hazmat for transportation. 

Initial hazmat employee training must occur within 90 days of hire. Retraining is mandatory every 3 years and when rules or the employee's job responsibilities change. [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1) and (c)(2)]. 

DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations provide detailed training requirements to reduce hazmat incidents. Violations of the HMR, including training, are subject to a maximum civil penalty up to $79,976 for a knowing violation and $186,610 for a violation that results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property.

Hazmat training is one of the few HMR requirements for which DOT sets a minimum penalty for noncompliance, up to $481 per day, per violation.

Function-specific Hazmat Training

Hazmat employees must receive "function-specific" training as part of DOT’s initial and recurrent training mandate. Employees must have a detailed understanding of rules that apply to their hazmat job function.

Lion delivers DOT hazmat ground shipper training courses that provide function-specific training for employees who:
  • Oversee hazmat employees/operations
  • Read and apply 49 CFR regulations
  • Classify or name hazardous materials
  • Sign shipping papers
  • Load, unload, or handle hazmat
  • Provide or affix placards
  • Respond to hazmat incidents during transit
  • Select carrier(s) for hazmat shipments
  • Prepare hazmat packages for shipment

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