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Required Training

49 CFR 172.700-704, IATA Section 1.5

Federal regulations require hazardous materials training for every "Hazardous Materials Employee." The DOT requires every "Hazardous Materials Employer" to provide all the necessary information to hazardous materials employees so they can perform their individual job functions in a safe and knowledgeable manner.

The required areas of training include general awareness/familiarization training, function-specific training, security, and safety training. DOT and IATA regulations require that hazardous materials employers train, test, and maintain records for all hazardous materials employees. Training certification must be documented at least once every three years. New employees must be directly supervised by a trained hazardous materials employee until this training has been completed, which must occur within 90 days of employment, within 90 days of change of responsibilities, or within 90 days of a change in the hazardous materials regulations.

The hazardous materials employer is responsible for full compliance with part 172, subpart H of 49 CFR. Failure to train hazardous materials employees appropriately can expose a company to severe civil penalties. Training can be provided by the hazardous materials employer or by other public and private sources. The employer must certify compliance with hazardous materials training requirements.

If you have questions regarding the technical aspects of preparing your hazardous materials shipment, call 1-800-554-9964 to speak directly to a hazardous materials specialist. All other responsibilities belong to you as the shipper. UPS cannot train you or your employees to the extent necessary to fulfill the DOT training requirements. UPS will not certify your employees as meeting all of DOT´s training requirements or be responsible for the classification of your materials.

UPS offers seminars that provide an overview of the UPS carrier variations for shipping hazardous materials for customers shipping under the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) or the IATA HMR. These seminars are an excellent resource, but training certification rests with the hazardous materials employer. For additional information, call 1-800-554-9964 or visit:

UPS Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods Seminar

If you have any questions about shipping hazardous materials with UPS, please call the UPS Hazardous Materials Support Center at 1-800-554-9964.