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Course Overview

Designed to satisfy the DOT's general awareness training requirements, this two-day course teaches the student how to navigate and understand the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), including classification of hazardous materials, how to select the proper packaging, when to use packaging exceptions, how to select a proper shipping name and how to properly identify a material through the use of shipping papers, marking, labeling, placarding and emergency response information. This course includes a step-by-step manual and exercise workbook that is yours to keep.


Training Topics Covered


  • Purpose of Course
  • DOT HMR History
  • Structure of the HMR
  • Enforcement of the HMR
  • Training Requirements
  • Types of Regulated Materials
  • What is a Regulated Hazardous Material


  • What is in the Code of Federal Regulations
  • Illustration - Hazardous Materials Table
  • Using the Hazardous Materials Table


  • Classification Basics
  • List of Hazard Classes and Divisions
  • Classification of Forbidden Materials
  • Classification of Explosives (Hazard Class 1)
  • Classification of Flammable Gases (Hazard Division 2.1)
  • Classification of Non-flammable, Non-poisonous Gases (Hazard Division 2.2)
  • Classification of Poisonous Gases (Hazard Division 2.3)
  • Classification of Flammable Liquids (Hazard Class 3)
  • Classification of Flammable Solids (Hazard Division 4.1)
  • Classification of Spontaneously Combustible Materials (Hazard Division 4.2)
  • Classification of Dangerous When Wet Materials (Hazard Division 4.3)
  • Classification of Oxidizers (Hazard Division 5.1)
  • Classification of Organic Peroxides (Hazard Division 5.2)
  • Classification of Poisonous Materials (Hazard Division 6.1)
  • Classification of Infectious Substances (Hazard Division 6.2)
  • Classification of Radioactive Materials (Hazard Class 7)
  • Classification of Corrosive Materials (Hazard Class 8)
  • Classification of Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials (Hazard Class 9)
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Marine Pollutants
  • Classification of ORM-D Materials


  • Packaging - General
  • Packaging - Bulk
  • Packaging - Non-Bulk
  • Types of Packaging


  • Exception Basics
  • Exceptions for Flammable Liquids (Hazard Class 3)
  • Exceptions for Combustible Liquids (Hazard Class 3)
  • Exceptions for Hazard Class 4 Materials
  • Exceptions for Hazard Class 5 Materials
  • Exceptions for Poisonous Materials (Hazard Division 6.1)
  • Exceptions for Corrosive Materials (Hazard Class 8)
  • Exceptions for Hazard Class 9 Materials
  • Exceptions for ORM-D Materials


  • Shipping Paper Basics
  • Which Materials Need Shipping Papers
  • Required Format for Shipping Papers
  • Basic Shipping Paper Requirements
  • Steps to Finding the Proper Shipping Name
  • Shipping Description - Special Requirements
  • Shipping Description - Model Requirements


  • Marking Basics
  • General Marking Requirements
  • UN/NA Identification Number Specifications for Bulk Package Markings
  • Special Non-Bulk Marking Specifications
  • Special Bulk Marking Specifications


  • Labeling Basics
  • Packages Not Needing Labels
  • Subsidiary Labeling Requirements
  • Additional Labeling Requirements


  • Placarding Basics
  • Illustration - Placarding Tables 1 and 2
  • Placarding - Hazard Based Special Cases
  • Placarding - Model Based Special Cases
  • Placard Specifications


  • Loading Requirements
  • Illustration - DOT Segregation and Separation Chart
  • Unloading Requirements


  • Emergency Response Information Basics
  • Presentation of Emergency Response Information


  • Hazardous Waste Basics
  • Types of Hazardous Wastes
  • Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifests


  • Modes of Transport
  • Incident Reporting


Course Certification

This course is worth 2.17 Industrial Hygiene CM Points

  • 2009 (Approval #: 09-621)
  • 2010 (Approval #: 10-446)
  • 2011 (Approval #: 10-446)


Upcoming Course Dates

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Mar 29, 2016 - Mar 30, 2016Pittsburgh, PARegistration
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  • All full day courses run from 8:30 am – 4:30pm. Half day courses will run from 8:30 am – noon.
  • All slides, handouts and manuals are included in the course price where applicable.
  • Lunch during full day courses is included.
  • All travel expenses to and from the ChemADVISOR facilities, including hotel expenses, are not included in the course price.
  • Payment is due in advance of the scheduled course date.
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Refund/Cancellation policy:
14 days prior to start of course - Full refund
7 days prior to start of course - 50% refund
Less than 7 days - no refund
ChemADVISOR reserves the right to reschedule training up to two weeks prior to the scheduled course start date.