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printreg, September, 2002
DOT Defined Haz Mat Employee & Requirements

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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 08:20:25

The following is a regulatory brief that is often overlooked and/or unknown by hazardous waste generators. I hope this helps you keep up on your regulatory obligations.
Debra Jacobson

What is the definition of a "hazmat employee" and why is this important?

According to the DOT regulations at 49 CFR 171.8, a hazmat employee is a person who is employed by a hazmat employer and who in the course of their employment directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. Individuals, who, during the course of their employment perform any of the following activities:
* Load, unload or handle hazardous materials
* Manufacture, test, recondition, repair, modify, mark, or otherwise represents containers drums, or packages as qualified for use in the transportation of hazardous materials
* Prepare hazardous materials for transportation
* Has responsibility for safety of transporting hazardous materials
* Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials

Employees participating in any of the above listed activities are hazmat employees and must be trained in general awareness/hazard familiarization, function-specific, and safety training every three years (49 CFR 172.704(c)).

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