Hazardous Material Certification (CFR 49)

All Drivers need to be aware of the basic DOT rules and regulations.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Transportation, Parts 100-199 is a large body of rules and regulations pertaining to the transport of hazardous material. The separate general parts refer to topics ranging from basic definitions, rule-making procedures and public sector training, while separate sections are dedicated to specific conditions, such as oil spills, transportation of hazmat by rail, ground, air and sea vessel. Each section is currently being updated periodically to coincide with the new umbrella initiative CSA 2010.

As such, training and certification is done first, on a general basis to give common conceptual information regarding hazardous material, it's identification, regulatory labeling, and general precautions, policies, and violations associated with the various signatures of hazardous material

The CFR 49 general Hazardous Material Certification is suggested as the first, introductory course to familiarize drivers and company personnel with these initial policies. Part of the DOT Audit will review all procedures in which the company engages, including the initiative to actively train the drivers of your organization on hazardous material if it regularly applies to your business.

Other companies will then take their specialized training depending on their own target market, whether it be the pipeline, by railcar, commercial highway vehicle, aircraft or sea vessel. These training sessions are typical more detailed as their impact is of paramount importance the the CSA 2010 initiatives.

It can not be stressed enough that if your company engages in the transport of hazardous material of any kind this training is absolutely essential to provide both safety assurance to the public in general, but to also avoid costly financial hardship that can be incurred levied by inspectors, DOT Auditors or legal liability resulting from insecure transport.

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