DOT

Department of Transportation

DOT Bulk General Service Tank Cars

DOT Hazardous materials rail car training focuses on the safety and regulatory requirements associated with preparing a rail car for transport.  It provides instructions for anyone who affects transportation by loading, unloading, or securing a rail car for transport.  

 

 

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What is a dangerous good?

Dangerous Goods are solids, liquids or gasses that can harm people, other living organisms, property, or the environment. They are often subject to chemical reactions.
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Who needs hazmat training?

Anyone who ships, receives or handles hazardous materials that would affect transportation safety.  If you load, unload, fill, package, mark, label, placard, select a package, complete a shipping paper or hazardous waste manifest, segregate hazardous materials on a transport vehicle, block and brace hazardous materials, or classify a hazardous material you need to be trained.
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Do I need separate or specific training if I ship by ground air or water?

Yes if you ship by air, you will need IATA/ICAO training. If you ship by vessel, you will IMDG training. If you ship by ground, you will need DOT 49 CFR training.
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Can I be penalized if I do not receive hazmat training?

If you are considered a hazmat employee, then you are required by law to be trained. DOT regulations provide for civil and criminal penalties. You and your employer can be assesses a penalty for not being properly trained.
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What is a hazardous material?

A hazardous material is defined as: a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has been designated as hazardous.  
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Do I need training if I only ship a very small amount of hazardous materials?

Some materials are excepted from the regulations in very small quantities and some are able to be shipped with a set of limited regulations.  However, even though they are excepted or shipped as a limited quantity these materials are still regulated and in order to know the difference you need to be trained.
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How do I get DOT certified?

The DOT requires that any hazmat employee training must receive the following trainings: General awareness Function Specific Safety Security Once trained in these areas the employee must receive certification by the employer that the employee is capable of performing those functions.The employer must keep a copy of the record of training which includes: Employees name Most recent completed training date The name and address of the person providing the and A description, copy, or the location of the training materials used to meet the requirements Certification that the hazmat employee has been trained and tested. TCA has several training options and we will be glad to discuss which training would meet your specific needs.: Onsite, Webinar and Online.
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Is DOT training mandatory?

Yes, if you are shipping, receiving or handling any hazardous materials in the US.
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Dry Ice

Shipping Dry Ice can vary from shipping other types of hazardous materials. DOT requires all hazmat employees be trained in general awareness, security awareness, and function-specific training (49 CFR 172.704). Air shippers must also comply with additional regulatory mandates provided in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Fines for non-compliance are on the rise, it is critical that shippers of infectious substances are fully trained in the regulations. Dry Ice online course is meant as a supplement to our DOT or IATA course. Students who complete this course after taking our DOT or IATA course. Who Should Attend:Any employee who performs pre-transportation functions for shipments containing Dry Ice.

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