printreg, December, 2003
Definition of a Hazmat Employee Hazmat Employees Must Receive Training

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From: Debra Jacobson(
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 14:27:41

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:
* Loads, unloads or handles hazardous materials
* Manufactures, tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks, or otherwise represents containers drums, or packages as qualified for use in the transportation of hazardous materials
* Prepares hazardous materials for transportation
* Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials
* Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials Employees participating in any of the above listed activities are considered hazmat employees.

DOT recently refined the applicability of these regulations to include personnel responsible for:
* Filling hazardous materials packagings
* Closing or securing hazardous materials packagings
* Selecting, providing or affixing placards
* Filling out or reviewing shipping papers
* Certifying hazardous materials are in proper condition for transport
* Providing or maintaining emergency response information
* Transloading hazardous materials at an intermodal transfer facility from one bulk packaging to another for the purposes of continuing transport

Hazmat employees must be trained in general awareness/hazard familiarization, function-specific, safety, and security-awareness training every three years (49 CFR 172.704(c)).


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