If you are in the business of transporting chemical substances in the form of solids, liquids, or gases that can potentially harm living creatures, property and/or the environment, you want to make sure you move these materials in the safest manner possible. As an employer, you are obligated to invest in the safety and efficiency of your business. You need workers who are specifically trained to work with or around hazardous materials. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which is the governing body responsible for the regulation of hazardous material transport, legally requires that an employer has properly trained workers in the area. TrainingABC offers a library of DOT HAZMAT training videos that are designed to cover DOT standards.
Safety in transportation on America’s highways, waterways and skies is the sole responsibility of the DOT. In 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Norman Y. Mineta Research and Special Programs Improvement Act which established the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The PHMSA is the specific branch under the DOT that handles the rules and regulations of hazardous material transport. The overall training requirements for those transporting hazardous materials is the same whether it is done by land, air or sea. Nevertheless, the employer must have all employees involved in hazmat transportation specifically trained.
As an employer, you are liable for providing initial training to those new to transportation and retraining for those who currently work in the transportation of hazardous materials. You are on a time limit too with new employees, whether they are new to your company or just new to HAZMAT, as they have to be trained within 90 days of employment if handling dangerous goods. Those employees that are not trained yet within the 90 days must be supervised by an employee that is certified. All workers once certified will not need retraining until 3 years from the date of their last certification. You must also test your workers competence in DOT HAZMAT and be able to confirm your employees ability to handle and transport hazardous materials. On top of providing this training and vouching for your trained workers, you must keep records on all this information.