Who is defined as a HazMat employee?
In most cases, the definition of who is a HazMat employee at your organization is more people than you think. 49 CFR Parts 172.704 states a HazMat employee shall receive certified training required by these subparts at least once every three years. All intrastate and interstate motor carriers transporting hazardous materials, in quantities requiring the display of placards, are required to obtain and display a US DOT number beginning May 1, 2010. These carriers are also subject to the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program.
Who Must Be Trained: A “HazMat Employee” is defined as a person who is employed on a temporary, part-time or full-time basis by a HazMat Employer, or is self-employed and in the course of employment, directly affects the safe transportation of hazardous materials. It includes someone who loads, unloads or handles hazardous materials; fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs or tests or otherwise represents containers, drums or packaging as qualified for use in transportation of hazardous materials; prepares hazardous materials for shipment; is responsible for the safety of transporting hazardous materials; or operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.