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DOT Hazardous Materials Function-Specific: Bulk Loading and Unloading

The DOT requires that every hazmat employee receive training in three areas: General Awareness, Function-Specific, and Safety and Security. When you complete at least one session from each of these required categories, you will be certified according to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation at 49 CFR 172 Subpart H for shipments of hazardous materials by ground. To meet the DOT training requirements for your specific job, you must complete each Function-Specific session that applies to your job—packaging, marking and labeling, shipping papers, bulk loading and unloading, non-bulk loading and unloading, hazardous waste manifesting.


If not loaded or unloaded properly, bulk shipments can pose a significant hazard to your site personnel and the public. This Function-Specific training is required for all personnel involved in loading or unloading bulk shipments of hazardous materials.


In this session, you will learn the DOT’s requirements for safe loading and unloading of hazardous materials, including:

  • Procedures for securing the vehicle and the load
  • Compatibility and segregation of mixed loads
  • Safe loading and unloading procedures
  • Inspection and re-test requirements for cargo tanks
  • When a qualified attendant must be present and the attendant’s responsibilities
  • Operation of emergency control features
  • What procedures must be implemented to prevent releases
  • How and when to choose the correct placard(s)


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