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Fuel Transport Hazardous Materials Training

Hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation training is required for all employees who transport, prepare for transport, load, unload, handle, or are otherwise responsible for the safe transport of hazmat.

The level of training required depends on the amount of hazmat each individual is transporting. To determine which training is required, refer to the table below.

Training
Amount of Hazmat to be Transported OSHA Hazard Communication Materials of Trade General Awareness Function Specific Safety Security Awareness Driver Training (CDL)
Containers 8 gallons or smaller and total hazmat weight of 440 pounds or less in a single vehicle X X          
Any container larger than 8 gallons* or total hazmat weight of more than 440 pounds in a single vehicle X X X X X X  
Any container larger than 119 gallons or total hazmat weight of more than 1,001 pounds in a single vehicle X X X X X X X

  • CDL = commercial driver’s license with hazmat endorsement
  • OSHA = U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • X = Training is required
  • *Except straight (pure) diesel. Only OSHA Hazard Communication and Materials of Trade training is required when transporting diesel in containers up to 119 gallons.

Testing is required for each person who needs more than OSHA Hazard Communication and Materials of Trade training. The following sections contain links for the Materials of Trade training and test, as well as the additional training and tests.

Training is required within 90 days of employment and refresher training is required every 3 years thereafter. A record of current training must be retained locally. The record shall include the employee’s name, their most recent training completion date, a description of the training, a copy or location of the training materials, the name and address of the person providing the training, and a certification that the employee has been trained and tested.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

This introductory presentation describes why hazmat training is required and who must complete each module. The presentation covers training objectives, refresher training requirements, training records, and testing. We recommend this presentation for all employees, but it is especially important for hazmat coordinators and trainers.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials Transportation Training

Materials of Trade Training

Materials of Trade training is the only training required (other than OSHA Hazard Communication training) if all fuel containers are 8 gallons or smaller and the total weight of all hazmat carried in a single vehicle is 440 pounds or less.

Materials of Trade Training

General Awareness, Function—Specific, Safety, and Security Awareness Training

These four additional training modules are required if a driver transports any container larger than 8 gallons (except for straight diesel) or if the total weight of all hazmat carried in a single vehicle is more than 440 pounds.

General Awareness Training

Function Specific Training

Safety Training

Security Awareness Training

Commercial Driver’s License

Any driver who transports a container larger than 119 gallons or a total weight of more than 1,001 pounds of hazmat in a single vehicle must obtain a CDL and complete the training modules listed in the previous sections.

Questions and Comments

Questions and comments about the training and tests are welcome. Please contact:

Shawn Steber
Project Leader
Missoula Technology and Development Center
5785 Hwy. 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808
Phone: (406)829–6785
Email: smsteber@fs.fed.us

 
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