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About DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness
On May 15, 1992 the Department of Transportation (DOT) published Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) which enhanced training requirements and established a new Subpart H Training in 49 CFR. Since then several revisions have been made in both the content and structure of these training requirements, the most recent of which addresses the "security" of transported materials.
The purpose of these regulations is to make sure that employees who handle or transport hazardous materials:
These regulations are located in the Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR parts 100-185.
There are two definitions that are essential to understanding the training regulation and how it applies to any facility's activities.
These definitions deal with companies/facilities who are involved in handling and transporting hazardous materials... as well as the employees of these companies/facilities and how they are involved with hazardous materials:
This definition includes owners/operators of motor vehicles which transport hazardous materials.
It also encompasses Federal and state departments and agencies.
This includes self-employed individuals who are involved in these activities as well as owners/operators of motor vehicles used to transport hazardous materials.
It is easy to see that because these definitions are so broad, in many facilities and operations the regulations will cover many types of employees... from warehouse personnel to shipping/receiving groups, loading dock workers, truck drivers, train engineers, and others.
It is also important to recognize that this regulation applies to any environment where these activities take place.
This is not a regulation that is limited to "industrial" facilities, but includes laboratories, healthcare facilities and many other types of operations.