Staying on Top of Hazmat Training Requirements


“OSHA’s online “Working With Hazardous Materials” page1 is a useful guide to this topic, ranging from hazards encountered by forklift operators who move hazardous materials to workers handling hazardous chemicals in their workplaces and thus in need of hazard communication training and materials.

The guide covers U.S. Department of Transportation hazmat regulations, which are subdivided by function into four basic areas:

Procedures and/or Policies (49 CFR Parts 101, 106, and 107)
Material Designations (49 CFR Part 172)
Packaging Requirements (49 CFR Parts 173, 178, 179, and 180)
Operational Rules (49 CFR Parts 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, and 177)
It also covers the OSHA HAZWOPER (Hazardous waste operations and emergency response) Standard, 29 CFR 1910.120, which applies to emergency response personnel who respond to a hazmat incident. If the operator of the vehicle moving hazardous materials becomes actively involved in an emergency response, then he or she is considered an emergency responder and is covered by 29 CFR 1910.120(q), it notes.”
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