DOT Hazmat: Safety Awareness

Completed entirely online.

Course Overview

Who Should Take This Course?

This DOT Hazmat: Safety Awareness course should be taken by any hazmat employee involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. This includes, but is not limited to, hazmat employers involved in the carrying, shipment, or manufacture of hazardous materials.

This course is intended to provide a basic level of safety awareness to employees that work with hazardous materials at any stage in transportation.

In addition to this training, site-specific training in the safety measures developed and implemented by your employer must also be provided. This training must be well documented.

Course Objectives

The objectives for this course are to meet the Federal Department of Transportation training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(3).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4)

Safety Training. Each hazmat employee shall receive safety training concerning—(i) emergency response information required by subpart G of part 172; (ii) measures to protect the employee from the hazards associated with hazardous materials to which they may be exposed in the workplace, including specific measures the hazmat employer has implemented to protect employees from exposure; and (iii) methods and procedures for avoiding accidents, such as the proper procedures for handling packages containing hazardous materials.

Course Topics

This course consists of 3 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Module Section Title
Module 1 - Course Overview
1 Handling Hazardous Materials
2 Safety Measures
3 Emergency Response
Course Exam

Course Exams

This course has one final exam based upon the course's 3 sections. Students are required to complete the exam after completing all course sections.

The exam consists of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam.

If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security Awareness Training. This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

Each Hazmat Employer must train, test and certify each Hazmat Employee within 90 days of employment. Recurrent training is required at least once every three years.

Initial training is required within 90 days for new employees or employees who assume new hazmat related responsibilities. Until trained, these employees may perform a hazardous materials employee function only under direct supervision.

DOT requires that hazmat employees be retrained and tested at least once every three years. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires retraining for air carrier employees every two years.

Both the DOT and FAA require the employer to maintain training records.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?
A - Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q -Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?
A - No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?
A - Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?
A - Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.