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DOT Railroad HAZMAT Transportation

Online Training Certification Course

49 CFR 174

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Railroad transportation of hazardous materials is regarded as the safest method for moving large quantities of materials over long distances. To ensure the safety of cargo, communities, and the environment, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires specialized rail HAZMAT training for all employees involved in transporting hazardous materials by rail.

This online certification course covers important concepts of shipping training, including specific requirements for handling, loading, and unloading hazardous materials shipped by rails. Railroad HAZMAT employees who complete online training will gain a comprehensive understanding of hazardous materials, their potential dangers, and the regulations that govern safe HAZMAT transportation.

This course is for:
All HAZMAT employees of rail carriers, shippers, and tank car owners must complete safety training. This includes any employee who directly affects transportation safety of hazardous materials and dangerous goods.

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Case Study: On Friday, June 19, 2009, a freight train traveling at 36 mph derailed at a rail grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois. The train was comprised of two locomotives and 114 cars, 19 of which derailed. All of the derailed cars were tank cars carrying denatured fuel ethanol, a flammable liquid. Thirteen of the derailed cars proceeded to catch fire.

At the time of the derailment, several motor vehicles were stopped on either side of the grade crossing waiting for the train to pass. As a result of the fire, a passenger in one of the stopped cars was fatally injured, two passengers of the same car were seriously injured, and five occupants within other cars were injured. Two firefighters responding to the accident also received injuries. The release of ethanol and the resulting fire prompted an evacuation of about 600 residences within a half mile radius of the accident site. Monetary damages estimated an approximate $7.9 million.

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Governing Regulations

This safety training course satisfies the modal-specific training requirements found in 49 CFR 174 and Part 172, Subpart H, of the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Part 174 of the Code of Federal Regulations is specific to hazmat transportation by rail. In addition to understanding general HAZMAT requirements, rail carriers and shippers must comply with additional regulations listed under Part 174, as well as adhere to tank car specifications within Part 179.

What You'll Learn

    About This Course
    Course Objectives
    Introduction to DOT HAZMAT Rail Training
    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 Car
  • 179 Subparts A and B
  • 179 Subparts C and D
  • 179 Subparts E and F
    Incident Reporting and Security
    AAR Security Plan
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Rail HAZMAT training must be repeated at least once every three years based on DOT HAZMAT shipping regulations.

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

Lisa S Verified
DOT Railroad HAZMAT Transportation

it was a good one. lots of information

James M Verified
DOT Railroad HAZMAT Transportation

Thanks for the good class



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