Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hazmat training is required by law for all employees who work with and transport dangerous goods or hazardous materials

This is a friendly reminder that hazmat training is required by domestic and international law for all employees who work with and/or transport dangerous goods or hazardous materials by air, ground or ocean. The requirements for hazmat training are based on the specific mode of transportation used along with the job function(s) performed by the employee(s).

With regards to U.S. law, the employer/employee must adhere to the training requirements governed under 49 CFR, Subpart H regardless of job function and mode of transportation.

It is the employer's responsibility to make sure that employee(s) receives hazmat training. Employee(s) may not perform their job duties unless such training has been received. The employer can outsource hazmat training from a third party hazmat training provider. Employee(s) has 90 days from date of hire or change in job function to receive training, during which time can perform such duties under the direct supervision of a properly trained and knowledgable hazmat employee.

Employee(s) must be trained in the following areas:
  • General awareness training
  • Function-specific training
  • Safety training
  • Security training

Employers must keep training records for their employee(s) pertaining to their current training record along with the preceding three years. Such records must be kept for an additional 90 days after an employee leaves or is terminated.