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Hazmat Transportation: Driver Training - Online Course

Interactive Training
30 minutes
Last Updated

Course Description

Hazmat Transportation: Driver Training - Online Course


This online course has been updated to include changes from the HM-215N final rule.

Hazardous materials (hazmat) are substances or materials that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has determined are capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce.

As a hazmat employee, you are likely aware of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), which are a set of rules established by The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to ensure hazmat is packaged and handled safely during transport.

To emphasize their importance, the DOT is very strict about enforcement of the HMR. For minor violations, you could be fined or placed out of service. For willful violations, penalties could include jail time. To ensure hazmat gets from Point A to Point B safely and securely, you must understand your key responsibilities as a driver.


Please note: 49 CFR 172.704(d) of the HMR requires each hazmat employer to create and retain a record certifying the current training of each hazmat employee. It is the responsibility of the hazmat employer to complete additional company-specific training in order to formally certify each student. Trainers may use the J. J. Keller-issued certificate for compliance with the recordkeeping requirements in Section 172.704(d)(3). The trainer and the trainer’s company are considered the “person providing the training” in Section 172.704(d)(4). Because of this, trainers should maintain additional records documenting a description or copy of the additional company-specific training materials provided to each student.

  • J. J. Keller’s Hazmat: Highway Transportation Driver Training covers the following topics:
    • Your Responsibilities
      • License Requirements
      • CSA & Your BASIC Score
      • Registration
    • Required Documentation
      • Shipping Papers
      • The Hazmat Table
      • Emergency Response Information
      • Additional Class 1 Requirements
      • Hazardous Waste Manifest
      • Location during Transport
    • Transporting Hazmat Safely
      • Before You Leave
      • While En Route
      • Parking, Fueling, & Maintenance
      • Hazmat Incidents & Accidents
  • Hazmat: Highway Transportation Driver Training assumes the learner has hazmat general awareness, security awareness, and safety knowledge already gained from experience or successful completion of appropriate training. Specifically, the learner must be able to:
    • Identify the required training all hazmat employees must receive
    • Determine if a material is hazardous
    • Recognize the hazard classes and divisions used to identify hazardous materials
    • Recall what makes a material a hazardous substance, hazardous waste, marine pollutant, or elevated-temperature material
    • Indicate the importance of the Hazmat Table
    • Communicate a material’s hazards through the use of shipping papers, markings, labels, and placards
    • Recognize potential hazmat security threats and ways to reduce them
    • Identify suspicious behaviors and describe how to report suspicious activity
    • List precautions drivers should take to keep hazmat safe while en route to its destination
    • Discuss the emergency response information requirements
    • Describe the types of safety training your employer may provide to keep you safe while working around hazmat

    Note: These prerequisites can be fulfilled by using J. J. Keller’s Hazmat: General Awareness Training, Hazmat: Safety Training, and Hazmat: Security Awareness Training courses.
  • After completing this course, learners will be able to:
    • Explain what additional licensing and registration requirements are necessary before transporting hazmat
    • Decide what hazmat documentation is needed and where to store it during transport
    • Take precautions to keep your cargo safe and secure during transport
    • Discuss what to do in the event of a hazmat incident or accident
  • Intended Audience: Motor carrier drivers who work with or around shipments of hazardous materials
  • Regs Covered: 49 CFR 172.700(c), 49 CFR 172.704, 49 CFR 177, and 49 CFR 397
  • Length: 35 minutes
  • Copyright Date: 2015 (Rev. 1/18)


This course is designed specifically for drivers to safely transport hazardous materials. It helps satisfy the function-specific training requirements (49 CFR 172.702(a)(2)) and modal-specific training requirements for transport by highway (49 CFR Part 177).
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