Hazmat Training

Hazmat Employee Training: Who Needs It?

Posted at December 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Hazmat Training | Comments Off on Hazmat Employee Training: Who Needs It?


In an increasingly regulated environment, it is crucial for businesses that handle hazardous materials, also called Dangerous Goods, in any fashion, receive Hazmat Employee Training.

Hazmat Training

Have your employees been trained?

A Hazmat Employee, as defined by the 49 CFR (171.8) is:

“A person who is:
– Employed on a full-time, part time or temporary basis by a hazmat employer and who in the course of such full time, part time or temporary employment directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety
– Self employed (including an owner-operator of a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft) transporting hazardous materials in commerce who in the course of such…directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety.
– A railroad signalman; or
– A railroad maintenance-of-way employee
This term also includes an individual, employed (in any capacity) by a hazmat employer, who is self-employed, who, during the course of employment:
– Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
– Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce
– Prepares material for transportation
– Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials
– Operates a vehicle used in transport hazardous materials;

This definition, lengthy as it is, clarifies exactly who needs Hazmat Employee Training. Certifcation is required by law to be provided by the Hazmat Employer to the Hazmat Employee within 90 days of hiring and be subsequently re-certified every two or three years depending on what mode of transport in which they are certified (Every Two Years: Air – IATA/ICAO; and Every Three Years: Ocean- IMDG and Ground – 49CFR).

Although many Hazmat Employers have limited training to shipping personnel in the past, many are changing their outlook as the definition of a Hazmat Employee and Hazardous Materials continue to expand. One example of products once thought to be non-hazardous is the now much regulated Lithium Batteries.

Chemtran is completely focused on keeping companies within compliance by offering IATA (air), IMDG (ocean), and DOT (ground) training classes that relate to the packaging and shipping of hazardous materials.

Our team takes pride in offering the highest quality Hazmat Employee Training, and is created For Hazmat Shippers By Hazmat Shippers. Chemtran Services USA takes a hands-on approach, with heavy focus on function specific training. This ensures that students are equipped to handle hazmat situations they deal with on a daily basis. Our one day, hands-on course is tailored to show how Hazmat Compliance training pertains to materials students work with.

At Chemtran USA our students leave with their certification, confidence, and a greater understanding of how to safely ship the Hazardous Materials or Dangerous Goods they work with.

Need Hazmat Training?

Call us today to register for IATA, DOT, or IMDG training. 281-590-9400.
We also offer computer based training, so you can train at your convenience any where in the world. Click here for more info.

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