Frequently Asked Questions

If you are shipping any regulated material (including aerosols, paints, chemicals, batteries, just to name a few) you should be trained in the regulations and be aware of the hazards that your products pose. If you are still not sure, please contact us at 855.637.9566 or email us at [email protected]
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That is our specialty! We conduct classroom as well as "hands on" training of actual tank cars and trucks. We provide detailed information on grounding and bonding, industry standard securement techniques and best practices that will improve comprehension and understanding of the rules and regulations. We also provide an overview of the North American Non-Accident Release Program support by the Association of American Railroads.

Yes! We have experts in the field of emergency response that have years of actual experience in train derailments, truck and package incident response. All are trained to the Specialist level and are recognized experts in their field by the rail and trucking industry. We provide training to companies, as well as first responder units from the State Police and other police and fire organizations.

Absolutely!  We assist companies that transport by rail, vessel, airplane or truck. TCA's industry professionals manage our clients shipping operations by providing a complete compliance program to fit your needs or providing the following services individually: hazmat consulting, regulatory compliance auditing, transloading services, security vulnerability studies, transportation classification, SDS conversion, rail car tracking, ship guides and more.  We offer a wide range of specialty services such as HHESS audits (Hazmat, Health, Environmental, Safety, and Security). These audits are conducted by certified industry professionals with years of industrial experience.  They are designed to provide a compliance snapshot of your operations in each of the areas mentioned. Contact a TCA member today for more information on our services at 855.637.9566. 

The training is required to be completed every 3 years. Also, Employees are required to re-trained if their job position changes, or a change in regulation that affects their position.
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 As your compliance partner, TCA is available after training and throughout the length of the certification to answer additional questions for our clients.
 

TCA provides a variety of training packages to suit your needs. Contact a TCA member today at 855.637.9566!

Yes. Consumer Commodities are listed as ORM-D in the hazardous materials table §171.101.

Yes, TCA offers Webinars with a live Instructor, self-paced E-learning’s and customized E-learnings for a Learning Management System(LMS) .

DOT requires any hazmat shipper to be trained in the following areas:
  • General awareness/familiarization
  • Function-specific, training
  • Safety
  • Security awareness
  • In-depth security training, if a security plan is required
  • Driver training (for each hazmat employee who will operate a motor vehicle)
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DOT requires training at least once every three years.  IATA training is required every two years.

Employees are required to re-trained if their job position changes, or a change in regulation that affects their position


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A person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and directly affects hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation safety.

Transporters of certain quantities of hazardous materials are required to register with the US DOT. 

 A civil penalty would be something that is not intentional; such as misspelling the proper shipping name on your shipping paper.

A criminal penalty is knowingly and willfully violating the regulations; such as knowing your product is hazardous and not classifying or shipping it per regulations.

The DOT can perform random audits.

A copy of the training material, a signup sheet, and copies of the certificates of who has been trained and your bill of ladings.

The regulations state anyone who is involved with the shipment of the hazardous materials whether it be packaging, filling out the shipping paperwork, or driving the material from point a to point b (in commerce).

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) was put in place to make all regulations and standards uniform nationally. OSHA regulates GHS.

An overpack is a pallet with multiple packages (each individually labeled) that are compatible with each other wrapped with plastic wrap to be shipped.  

You must have the overpack marking on the outside of the package, and if you cannot see the hazard class labels those must also be on the outside of the overpack.

No, It will depend on the material and the exceptions. 

No, Limited quantities must be shipped in a combination package.

Yes, in the event that you are shipping both hazmat and non hazmat you can either list the hazmat first, highlight, or use a different color to separate them.

Commerce is any public road or highway.  It is connected to DOT because regulations apply to the transportation of hazmats in commerce.  If you are just transporting the hazardous materials around your facility and never crossing commerce then the regulations do not apply.  Railcars are always in commerce because they are on a public track at all times.

 

No, The placard rule states that a shipper must offer up to 5 placards to the truck driver and no more than 5. One for each side and each end, and an extra in the event that one would blow off or get ruined during transportation.

A Combustible Liquid is only recognized in North America and is 141 degrees F or higher .  A Flammable Liquid is recognized nationally and is 60-140 degrees F.

 

It is a hazardous material that is packaged in a form intended for suitable retail sale. They are generally small packages. The shipping name includes items such as Cosmetics, Paints, Aerosols, Medicines, Nail Polish, etc.

Yes.  As a hazardous materials shipper, you are required to train your employees involved in shipping Consumer Commodity shipments by Ground or Ocean every 3 years, by Air every 2 years.

ORM-D is the name of the hazard class assigned to consumer commodities under the US DOT regulations.  Internationally, Consumer Commodities are Class 9.

  • Placarding of trucks is not required.
  • A signed shippers certfiication is not required for GROUND shipments.
  • UN approved packaging is not required.

Yes, and no.

Internationally - they require a Class 9 Miscellaneous Hazard Label.

Domestically - they require a rectangular ORM-D Marking or "ORM-D Air" for shipments by UPS Air or USPS.

No, not exactly.  Under the IMDG Ocean regulations there is not a hazard class or a proper shipping name for Consumer Commodities.  However, there are certain exceptions from marking and labeling these types of products as "Limited Quantities".

ORM-D is the Domestic Classification for ground shipments.  Class 9 is the classification by IATA for Air shipments.  Only UPS will accept ORM-D by air.

Yes, if you are shipping, receiving or handling any hazardous materials in the US.

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The DOT requires that any hazmat employee training must include:
Testing of each individual (written, oral, by demonstration, or otherwise) to assure that the person was trained; and
Certification by the employer, in a "record of training" kept in the employer's files, that the employee was trained and tested.   TCA has several training options: Onsite, Webinar and Online.

 

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Some materials are excepted from the regulations in very small quantities and some are able to be shipped with limited regulations.  However, even though they are excepted or shipped as a limited quantity this materials are still regulated and in order to know the difference you need to be trained.

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A hazardous material is defined as: a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce, and has designated as hazardous .

 

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If you are considered a hazmat employee, then you are required by law to be trained. If a DOT inspector finds out you are not trained you will be fined.

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Yes if you ship by air or by vessel internationally, you will need IATA/ICAO training for air and IMDG training for vessel. If you ship by ground training follows the DOT 49 CFR manual.

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Anyone who ships, receives or handles hazardous materials that would affect air transportation.  If you load, unload, fill, package, mark, label, placard, select a package or complete a dangerous goods declaration you need to be trained.

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Anyone who ships, receives or handles hazardous materials that would affect transportation safety.  If you load, unload, fill, package, mark, label, placard, select a package, omplete a shipping paper or hazardous waste manifest, segregate hazardous materials on a transport vehicle, block and brace hazardous materials, or classify a hazardous material you need to be trained.

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Every 24 months of the intial training.

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No. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations do not require that training be provided by an accredited or endorsed training provider. [IATA DGR 1.5] The IATA Accredited Training Provider program is a voluntary program.

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Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment and which are covered under the IATA regulations.

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Although it is not required, we recommend that you have the IATA manual in front of you during the training.  You will need to be proficient in using the manual going forward.

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Yes. Training violations have a minimum fine around $450 per day.

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Anyone who ships, receives or handles hazardous materials that would affect vessel transportation.  If you load, unload, fill, package, mark, label, placard, select a package or complete a dangerous goods declaration you need to be trained.

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Every 3 years.

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TCA will reference the IMDG Code throughout the training. We would recommend that you have the manual in front of your during training.

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Dangerous goods are articles or substances which are capable of posing a risk to health, safety, property or the environment and which are covered under the IMDG regulations.

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Yes. Training violations have a minimum fine around $450 per day.

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