DOT HM-181 Hazmat Employee with Packaging (5 Hour)

Course Details


TIME TO COMPLETE: Approximately 5 hours
CONTINUING EDUCATION: 0.5 CEUs, 5 contact hours
REGULATIONS SATISFIED: 49 CFR, Part 172.704 (Subpart H)
TYPE OF TRAINING: This course is an interactive power point with audio and video. Students can come and go from the course as they need and will have 30 days to complete it.

Max Subscription Days: 30 Days
Code: 1205
Subjects: ENGLISH COURSES DOT Hazmat Courses
Price: US $109.00

Do you ship hazmat domestically?

Do you transport hazmat?

Do you package hazardous materials for shipment?

Do you select the boxes, drums, cylinders, or other packing for your products?

It’s no secret that most traditional DOT Hazmat courses cover a broad range of information that does not apply to you. But the DOT Hazmat regulation stipulates that your training programs must cover your specific types of operations. This “function-specific” training is required for everyone who ships or receives hazardous materials.

What makes this course unique and separates it from other standard DOT Hazmat courses is that it covers in-depth the requirements for selection of the packaging that should be used to satisfy DOT Hazmat Shipping requirements. You might be in one of those types of operations where more discussion on appropriate package selection and the actual packaging requirements is important to your job.

“The content of the course reflected what I need to know, not just to satisfy DOT requirements, but also what I need to work effectively as a shipper/transporter of explosives.” – Salem, OH

This course also will fulfill your tri-annual DOT refresher requirement. Upon completion you will receive 0.5 CEUs and a certificate documenting compliance with the DOT requirement.

Who Should Take This Course?

The DOT regulations as found in 49 CFR 171-173 list an extensive number of requirements on the shipping and packaging of hazardous wastes that can be somewhat confusing. However, failure to comply could lead to some hefty fines, not to mention the endangerment of people’s lives. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a series of regulations governing training programs for what are termed Hazmat Employees. The DOT training program is sometimes referred to as HM-181 or HM-126 training. It applies to anyone who meets any of the following criteria:

  • are a person who offers a hazardous material for transportation;
  • are a person involved in the transportation of a hazardous material;
  • are a person who labels or marks packages that are being transported;
  • are a person who packages hazardous materials for shipment;
  • are a person who must select the different types of packaging that are required for the materials that you ship;

…then you need this course to guide you successfully through the seemingly never ending list of regulations that control what you can and cannot do in regards to packaging/shipping hazardous materials.


The structure and objectives of this online DOT Hazmat with Packaging course are centered on the requirements outlined in the DOT Hazmat regulation. Each unit is based on one or more of the following requirements. Upon completion of this program, the participants will have completed the following:

  1. Met the requirements of 49 CFR, Part 172.704 for certification in hazardous materials handling and transportation.
  2. Reviewed the requirements of the DOT regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials.
  3. Reviewed the basic safety elements including recognition and identification of hazardous materials as required by the DOT regulations and the Hazard Communication Standard.
  4. Reviewed the basic operations required for handling emergencies involving hazardous materials for the DOT Hazmat Employee.
  5. Demonstrated some basic functions required for a DOT Hazmat Employee including basic knowledge of the Hazardous Materials Table (49 CFR 172.101), Labels and Placards, and Shipping Papers.
  6. Reviewed the nine DOT hazard classes and associated them with the appropriate placards for use in transportation.
  7. Identified the specific type of packaging group for a particular type of shipment.
  8. Reviewed how to identify the specific types of packages that can be used with each packaging group.
  9. Reviewed the specific requirements for shipping hazardous materials including the need to consult with the manufacturer of the package type used.
  10. Demonstrated how to use the packaging identification codes.
  11. Reviewed what exceptions negate the need for these packaging requirements.
  12. Identified forbidden materials and packaging
  13. An awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation (HM-232).
  14. An awareness of methods designed to enhance transportation security.
  15. An awareness of how to recognize and respond to possible security threats.

“Being the Corp. Safety Manager, I wanted to see if this class will meet the needs of the affected persons at other facilities, and it will.” – Des Plaines, IL


Students will have to complete review sections along the way and a final exam at the end of the course. You will need a computer or iPad with Internet access and an email account. No text is required; all course materials are available online. The course will take approximately 5 hours to complete but you can come and go as you need.


Passing this course requires completing the multiple choice or true/false exam with a grade of 75% or better. If you do not receive a grade of at least 75% on the final quiz, you may retake the quiz up to a total of three (3) times.


The course is designed to be self-paced. You will have 30 days to complete it and can come and go as you need. After one month, you will need to re-enroll. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a pdf certificate right away.

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