In partnership with CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) , we are pleased to announce that several important updates have been made to our HazmatU training courses. See CCAR’s article below for information on these updated courses.
New HazmatU Updates
February 16, 2021 – CCAR (The Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair) and ShipMate, Inc. are pleased to share with our members news of important updates that have been completed within our most popular online HazmatU training courses.
The updates include:
- New lithium battery content
- New interactive exercises
- New resources included in the Web Based Training library
- Updated content reflects new regulatory requirements
- Enhanced graphics
- A completely new look and feel to the courses
- All courses now shown in the 16:9 aspect ratio, and
- All courses are now viewable on mobile devices (such as smart phones and tablets)
Per the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations (49 CFR § 172.702) any employee defined as a hazmat employee is required to be trained. So, you ask, who is a hazmat employee? The definition is found in (49 CFR § 171.8) and includes employees that:
- Load, unload, or handle hazardous materials
- Prepare, package, label or mark hazardous materials
- Operate a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials
- Manage or oversee the safety of hazardous materials in transportation
Now of course not all employees at your facility need to be DOT trained, but depending on who is responsible for different operations you may have to train more employees than you thought.
So, for a typical automotive service facility, employees that may need to be trained include:
- Parts Managers – they oversee the transportation of hazmat
- Parts Shipping and Receiving – they load and unload dangerous goods and might even prepare shipping papers
Other employees that may need to be trained include:
- Parts Drivers – they may transport hazmat.
- Service Technicians – they may prepare and package hazmat (e.g., an air bag being returned to the manufacturer).
- Service Managers – they may oversee hazmat employee operations and may sign for hazmat shipments or hazardous waste manifests for the proper disposal and management of their facility’s hazardous wastes.
- Supervisors must also be trained, even if the supervisor is not directly responsible for any of the responsibilities listed above. Indirectly, supervisors are responsible for their employees, and their employees’ hazardous materials-related duties.
The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) is a non-profit organization with a focus on the automotive industry and its needs for safety and hazardous material compliance and training. Founded in 1994 with grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CCAR is also one of the original Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance partners and is the only OSHA Ambassador focused on providing safety best practice information to the automotive collision and repair industries. CCAR has twice been recognized by the ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) with their “National Excellence in Training” award and was chosen by the North American Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC) to develop hazardous material-handling training courses. To learn more about CCAR and its programs, please call 888.476.5465 or visit www.ccar-greenlink.org.
ShipMate, Inc. works with clients to help resolve their most demanding dangerous goods transportation, environmental management and safety issues. ShipMate provides creative ideas and cost effective solutions to resolve and manage their many compliance challenges.
The CCAR and ShipMate online courses offered now include:
- Surface Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Materials (available in English and Spanish)
- Surface Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods – Canada (available in English and French)
- Multimodal Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods (available in English and Spanish)
For more information, please visit www.hazmatu.org or contact CCAR at 888/476-5465 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.