Safety Diploma Course

DOT HAZMAT Shipping Training


This course is conceived to create a general awareness about hazards and safety measures for workers who are involved in loading and unloading of hazardous materials (HazMat) and regulations of rail transportation.

The course provides Hazmat employees and hazardous cargo handlers with every detail and nature of hazardous materials to be transported, their impacts on people and environment in case of accidents, critical safety precautions to be followed and regulations and standards for shifting such materials via railway. Learners also get to know statistics and case studies to realise that why should they follow hazardous materials regulations for rail transportation.

Governing regulations

This DOT Hazmat Transportation Carrier Requirements (Rail) course, which is provided through online mode to deserving students, complies with the modal–specific training standards as found in 49 CFR 174 and Part 172, Subpart H of the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Who must take this course?

Anyone who handles hazardous materials at different stages of transportation through rail can enroll for this course. Also, Hazmat employees of rail shippers, wagon owners, rail carriers and rail tank car owners can study this course to enhance their knowledge and cargo handling skills. A “Hazmat employee”, who is directly involved in safe transportation of hazardous materials, will find this course of immense use to his career advantage.

How long is the course?

This short term online course offers learners a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete. Students can log on and off as per their convenient time. There is an option to create bookmarks for students when they log off the system in between the course. When they log in again, they can continue from where they had left.

How soon is the certificate of completion issued?

Once you complete the course successfully, you will get the immediate access to the printable DOT Hazmat Transportation – Carrier Requirements (Rail) training certificate and wallet card.

How long do I have to complete this course?

Though the course duration is short, there is no restriction on students to complete within a specific period. They can take their own time to complete the course. Similarly, employers can purchase courses for their drivers or employees and later assign courses to individuals as per their schedule. We provide volume discounts on bulk purchase of Hazmat courses. That is, you can buy a large quantity of HazMat course beyond your current needs and avail bulk discounts.

Continuing education credits?

Each learner will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Course Format

Our DOT Hazmat Transportation – Carrier Requirements (Rail) Training course is highly regarded and recognised by transport and allied industries as it contains high quality content, graphics and audio presentations and elaborate self-test materials to clear the final exam.

Course synopsis

This online safety course provides detailed profiling of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations with respect to transportation of hazardous items through rail mode. The course covers all basic concepts and regulations, including safe handling, loading, and unloading procedures of highly dangerous materials when they get transported via railway.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

According to the DOT, each hazardous material handling employee, including drivers, lifters, packers and other handlers, must be given periodic training to enhance their knowledge and operational skills once in three years.

Topics Covered

  • About This Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Introduction to DOT HAZMAT Rail Training
  • Applicability
  • Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)
    • Regulatory Agencies
    • Responsibilities
    • Training Requirements
    • Hazardous Materials Table (HMT)
      • Columns 1-10 of the HMT
      • Appendix A and B
      • How to Use the HMT
    • Hazard Classes
    • ORM-D
  • Subpart A – General Requirements
    • Inspecting Shipments
    • Expedited Movements
    • Hazardous Material Disposition
      • Delivery at Non-Agency Stations
      • Delivery at Agency Stations
    • Exceptions for Railroad’s Hazardous Materials
  • Subpart B – General Operating Requirements
    • Shipping Papers
    • Notice to Train Crews
    • Nonconforming or Leaking Packages
  • Subpart C – Handling and Loading Requirements
    • Marking and Placarding of Rail Cars
    • Flatcars
    • Tank Cars
    • Segregation Table
    • Table Legend
    • Compatibility Table
  • Subpart D – Handling of Placarded Rail Cars, Transport Vehicles, Freight Containers, and Bulk Packaging
    • Switching Operations
    • Position in Train
    • Maximum Allowable Operating Speed
    • Placarding Group Table Key
  • Subpart E – Class 1 – Explosive Materials
    • Loading Class 1 – Explosive Materials
    • Forbidden Mixed Loading and Storage
    • Damaged or Astray Shipments
    • Division 1.1 or 1.2 Explosive Materials
      • Car Certification
      • Routing Shipments
      • “Order-Notify” or “C.O.D.” Shipments
      • Record of Change of Seals
      • Car Magazine
    • Loading Division 1.2 and 1.3 Explosive Materials
    • Loading Division 1.4 Explosive Materials
  • Subparts F & G – Class 2 – Gases and Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
    • Class 2 and Class 3 Special Handling Requirements
    • Class 2 – Gases – Material Cylinders
    • Class 3 – Flammable Liquid in Tank Cars and Materials Extremely Poisonous by Inhalation
    • Class 2 – Gases – Tank Delivery
    • Class 2 – Gases – Extremely Poisonous by Inhalation Involving the DoD
  • Subparts J & K – Class 6 – Poisonous Materials and Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
    • Division 6.1 Poisonous Materials
    • Class 7 – Radioactive Materials
  • 49 CFR Part 179 – Specifications for Tank Cars
    • §179 Subparts A and B
    • §179 Subparts C and D
    • §179 Subparts E and F
  • Incident Reporting and Security
  • AAR Security Plan
  • Summary
  • Additional Resources
  • Final Exam