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Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Training

Department of Transportation (DOT) – HM126F Training


The proper management of hazardous waste is key to maintaining a safe environment for worker and the community, and will aid in keeping in compliance the the local, state, and federal regulations. This training will cover some of the key steps that companies should take in meeting the above goals, but does not meet all the California State requirements. It is just an advisory training.



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.


The course duration is five hours with a one-hour lunch break.

You will need to purchase, or have on hand, the following books for use in this course:

The training coordinator will contact you within 48 hours of purchase to schedule the training date, provide the course access information, and supply a copy of the training handouts.

Note: The training video is in English only. Those trainees who are not able to fully understand English should be trained in their native language, as training is required to be presented in a language that trainees can understand. Please contact us for training options in Spanish or if you have any questions about this training.

Additional information

Course duration

5 hours