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“Hazmat Transportation” is a rather wide-reaching topic. However, there are three main areas that all organizations involved in transporting hazmat must pay specific attention to:

  • Training
  • Preparing to Transport
  • Transporting

Each of these areas is critical to the safety and success of every hazardous materials load.

To help safeguard everyone involved, the DOT has developed special preparation, transportation, and handling requirements. These requirements – known as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) – must be followed each time a hazardous material is prepared for transport, offered for transport or transported in commerce.


The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) require that hazmat employees be trained, tested, and certified regarding the parts of the regulations that pertain to their job functions.

It’s an employer’s responsibility to determine what specific parts of the HMR apply, and make sure hazmat training programs focus on those areas and that employees receive the hazmat training they need.

The HMR established the following categories of hazmat training:

  • General Awareness/Familiarization Training
  • Function-Specific Training
  • Safety Training
  • Security Awareness Training
  • In-Depth Security Training
  • Modal-Specific (Driver) Training

See below for the hazmat training solutions you need to meet the HMR and maintain compliance.

For “official,” more detailed information on the hazardous materials training requirements, see 49 CFR, part 172, Subpart H and 49 CFR 177.816.

Preparing to Transport

Requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) apply to anyone who prepares or offers a hazardous material for transportation in commerce.

Pre-transportation functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Determining the hazard class of a hazardous material
  • Selecting hazmat packaging
  • Filling a hazmat package
  • Marking or labeling a hazmat package
  • Preparing a shipping paper
  • Providing and maintaining emergency response information
  • Reviewing a shipping paper to verify compliance
  • Certifying that a hazardous material is in proper condition for transport
  • Loading, blocking, and bracing hazmat packages
  • Segregating a hazardous materials package
  • Selecting, providing, or affixing placards

See below for solutions and services to help you and your organization achieve and maintain compliance in regard to the preparing of hazmat for transportation.


In most situations transportation of hazmat begins when a carrier takes physical possession of the hazardous material for the purpose of transporting it and continues until it is delivered to the destination indicated on a shipping document, package marking, or other medium.

Transportation of a hazardous material in commerce includes the following:

  • Movement
  • Loading
  • Unloading
  • Storage during transport

Hazmat transporters also need to be aware of Hours of Service regulations. Visit our HOS info page for more information.

See below to view the solutions and services available to you regarding the safe and compliant transporting of hazmat.

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