- Hazmat-specific training. If a person has an active CDL-Class A, safe driving record, and is 21 years of age or older, he or she is duly qualified to make application for hazmat certification. Additional requirements include proof of citizenship or legal residence, medical and optometric exams. There is also a TSA background check.
- Hazmat knowledge test. The DOT requires that hazmat drivers be tested for appropriate training in such areas as transit operations between destination points, proper handling of hazardous materials during loading and unloading, safest ways to readjust and re-secure loads while in transit, and more.
A comprehensive look
Given that regulations for hazardous waste transport ooze from three-to-five different agencies depending on how you count ‘em up, we asked our experts to come up with a comprehensive list of training requirements.
Alas, they advise that given the expansive and dynamic nature of federal regulations, it’s impossible to do so definitively at any point in time. What was here today might be gone tomorrow, replaced by something else while you weren’t looking.
Added to that: remember that required training is both “initial and recurrent.” In government parlance, this means it must be updated periodically—usually annually.
With those caveats, our experts provided what is necessarily a partial list of training that your hazmat hauling employees must receive, as there might be more depending on individual job duties.
- Security awareness training about the security risks associated with hazmat transportation, and specific methods designed to diminish them
- Function-specific training relative to the particular knowledge and skills required for an individual to perform assigned hazmat-transport responsibilities properly and safely
- Safety training for drivers, warehouse workers, and any other employees who handle any hazardous waste in advance, during, and/or subsequent to its transportation
- Specialized driver training pertaining to vehicle inspection and operation; vehicle handling in diverse conditions; and special rules pertaining to tunnels, bridges, and railroads (see FMSCA)
- Advanced security training for companies required to have a security plan relative to their hazardous waste management
- HAZWOPER certification (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) for employees who must drive onto hazardous waste sites, enter EPA-regulated TSDF, or respond to hazardous waste emergencies
An easy cost-effective solution
Hazardous Waste Experts offers comprehensive hazmat-transport initial and recurrent training programs developed by regulatory experts who have unsurpassed industry expertise—as well as being experienced instructors.
Using the latest techniques and technology, they can teach your employees what they need to know: both those directly involved in hazmat transport (as drivers) or tangentially (as hazmat handlers before and after delivery).
Learn more now about how Hazardous Waste Experts can help you stay in regulatory compliance with all interested federal, state, and local agencies by calling (800) 936-2311.
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