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Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Training


Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Training

Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Training is of significant importance for anyone engaged in the transportation of hazardous materials by road. This training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the safe handling, packaging, and transportation of dangerous substances. By understanding the regulatory requirements, proper labeling, emergency response procedures, and security measures, risks can be significantly mitigated and accidents prevented. DOT Training (HM126F) not only ensures compliance with regulations but also contributes to safeguarding public safety, protecting the environment, and maintaining the integrity of the transportation industry.

Regulatory bodies
  • Federal Department of Transportation (DOT)
Who needs it

Federal Department of Transportation regulation 49CFR § 172.704 HM126F requires that employers who are are involved in the following activities train employees:

  • Transporting hazardous materials in commerce;
  • Causing hazardous materials to be transported or shipped in commerce; or
  • Representing, marking, certifying, selling, offering, reconditioning, testing, repairing, or modifying containers, drums, or packaging as qualified for use in the transportation of hazardous materials.

Note that this includes those who offer for shipment, as well as those who actually physically transport the waste. Facilities that have waste hauled from their site by an outside waste hauler are required to train employees in the HM126f training.


Employees who must be trained include those that, during the course of employment:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
  • Test, recondition, repair, modify, mark, or otherwise represent containers, drums or packaging as qualified for use in the transportation of hazardous materials;
  • Prepare hazardous materials for transportation;
  • Are responsible for safety of transportation;
  • Are responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials or
  • Operate a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

This can include purchasing personnel, employees that label the shipping containers, waste handlers, and those employees that are signing the hazardous waste manifests.

Newly hired employees must be trained within 90 days of their employment. Retraining must be conducted every 3 years.

Regulation reference
  • Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation 49CFR § 172.704 HM126F
What our training provides:

This training covers:

  1. Overview of Hazardous Materials Transportation: Understanding the importance of transporting hazardous materials safely, the potential risks, and the regulatory framework.
  2. Classification of Hazardous Materials: Identifying and classifying hazardous materials based on their physical and chemical properties, which determines how they should be handled and transported.
  3. Hazard Communication: Proper labeling, marking, and placarding of hazardous materials to ensure that everyone involved in transportation is aware of the potential hazards.
  4. Packaging Requirements: Learning about the specific packaging requirements for different types of hazardous materials to prevent leaks, spills, and reactions during transportation.
  5. Shipping Papers: Understanding the documentation required for hazardous materials shipments, including how to accurately complete shipping papers (bills of lading) and emergency response information.
  6. Loading and Unloading Procedures: Ensuring that hazardous materials are loaded, secured, and unloaded safely to prevent accidents and incidents during transportation.
  7. Emergency Response: Being prepared for emergencies, including understanding the proper procedures to follow in case of accidents, spills, leaks, or other incidents involving hazardous materials.
  8. Training Requirements: Understanding the specific training requirements for hazmat employees, including recurrent training, and ensuring compliance with DOT regulations.
  9. Security Awareness: Recognizing the importance of security measures to prevent unauthorized access to hazardous materials shipments.
  10. Recordkeeping: Maintaining accurate records of hazardous materials transportation activities, training, and incidents.

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What is DOT HM126F training?
It covers safe handling of hazardous materials for shippers, carriers, and drivers.

Who needs HM126F training?
Employees involved in preparing, loading, transporting hazardous material packages.

What does HM126F stand for?
Hazardous Materials – General Awareness, Safety and Security Training.

How often do I need to take DOT HM126F training?
Every 3 years to maintain validity. Some companies require annual refresher training.

What topics are covered in the training?
Identifying hazmat, labeling, shipping papers, incident reporting, hazmat employee requirements.

Are there prerequisites?
Yes, general awareness training is required before function-specific training.

What materials will I receive?
A shipper’s training certificate and HM126F training manual.

How long does the training take?
The course can be completed in 1-2 hours online or in a classroom.

Is an exam required?
Yes, you must pass an exam to demonstrate proficiency.

Does training have to be completed on company time?
Yes, required training must be during paid work hours.

Can the course be taken online?
Yes, valid DOT e-learning courses are available. Here you can check our Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Online Training

Do I need to complete refresher training?
Refresher training is recommended every 1-2 years.

What if I’ve already shipped hazmat for years?
You still need training documentation per DOT regulations.

Where do I maintain training records?
Certificates must be kept on file for a minimum of 5 years.

Who provides the training?
DOT approved trainers, accredited vendors, or qualified in-house trainers.

Is training specific to material types?
No, HM126F covers general hazmat handling and safety.

Is security training included?
Yes, HM126F includes both safety and security awareness.

Which industries do DOT regulations apply to?
DOT regulations apply to industries such as trucking, aviation, maritime, railroads, and pipelines.

What’s the purpose of DOT regulations?
The main purpose is to enhance transportation safety, minimize risks, and ensure the proper handling of hazardous materials.

Where can I find DOT regulations?
DOT regulations are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR).

Do DOT regulations require driver training?
Yes, regulations often require training for drivers in areas like safety, security, and handling hazardous materials.

Are there specific regulations for vehicle inspections?
Yes, regulations outline requirements for vehicle inspections, maintenance, and safety checks.

Can violations of DOT regulations lead to penalties?
Yes, violations can result in fines, penalties, and in some cases, suspension of operating privileges.

What if I have additional questions?
While you can seek guidance from DOT agency websites, our EH&S specialists can solve your doubts regarding DOT compliance. Contact us to get support or request a Free EH&S Compliance Assessment.