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General Awareness of Hazardous Materials in Transportation

U.S. Dept. of Transportation 49CFR



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Provides the training required and outlined under U.S. Department of Transportation Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49CFR), Part 172, Subpart H.

This course provides familiarity with the requirements of U.S. Department of Transportation Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49CFR) and enables the employee/student to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standards. It is a systematic program that ensures a hazmat employee/student has familiarity with most of the general provisions of hazardous materials in transportation, is able to recognize most hazardous materials and has knowledge of emergency response information, self-protection measures and accident prevention methods and procedures.

NOTE: This course does not cover the specific requirements of the relations applicable to functions performed by an employee/student.




At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Recognize who regulates what in terms of hazardous materials in transportation. United States rules & regulations versus international rules & regulations.
  2. Recognize most United Nations (UN) Specification Packagings.
  3. Recognize most proper marks and labels for a shipment.
  4. Recognize most hazardous materials in transportation.
  5. Understand the basic precautions to be taken when handling hazardous materials.
  6. Recognize security risks related to the transportation of hazardous materials in commerce.

Through all of this, emphasis will be placed on each student’s responsibility in recognizing hazardous materials in transportation.


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