DOT/IATA Training

QUESTION – Do your employees handle, package, label, load, unload, or create shipping documents for hazardous materials or hazardous waste shipments?

If so, they are defined as a HAZMAT employee and must receive training according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for California businesses the California Environmental Protection Agency (CAL-EPA). If you ship by air then IATA training is also required. See below for more information on IATA.

DOT enforces requlations and issues penalties:

  • civil penalty: up $32,000 per day, per violation
  • criminal penalty: up to $500,000.00 per day and possible jail time

Every HAZMAT employee who handles or directly affect the safety of hazardous materials and hazardous waste shipments must be trained within 90 days of their employment and every 3-years thereafter. Every 2-years if you ship by air.

We make the training come alive by customizing your training manuals and class examples to cover only the hazardous materials and hazardous wastes handled at your facility at no additional charge. Life Safety eliminates the time spent on training fluff and only covers the essential training information that will be used and retained by your employees. A final portion of the class will include walking your employees through your facility and applying the training they just learned to their world while looking for ways to improve their compliance.

Specifically, this training will include:

  • Using the DOT Hazardous Materials Table;
  • Preparing and tracking shipping papers including Hazardous Waste Manifests;
  • Packaging;
  • Marking;
  • Labeling;
  • Inspecting;
  • Placarding the transport vehicle; and
  • Final walk through of your facility.

Note: For air transport of dangerous goods IATA regulations requires specific training beyond DOT training every two years.

Each participant will receive a detailed course manual for each program title (DOT / IATA) and be given a quiz at the end of their training programs to document comprehension of the material. Each participant passing the quiz will be provided a certificate of training for the course they participated in.

The Hazardous Waste and DOT – IATA Training Courses are in full compliance with DOT, EPA, and CAL-EPA laws and regulations for hazardous materials and hazardous waste shipments including:

  • Title 49, U.S. Code, Section 5101 et. seq.
  • Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Sections 172.704 and 173.1(b);
  • Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 262; and
  • Title 22, California Code of Regulations, Section 66262

Our content experts  will assist your company in maintaining compliance with the Hazardous Waste and DOT- IATA laws and regulations; and thereby, significantly reducing the potential for:

  • Regulatory fines and violations;
  • Fires;
  • Chemical spills and reactions;
  • Chemical exposures;
  • Work related injuries;
  • Loss work time;
  • Insurance claims; and
  • Potential litigation.

We at Life Safety strive to create partnerships with our clients by assisting them in enhancing their current life safety and environmental programs or developing those programs that do not exist. We partner with our clients to achieve lasting and practical real-world programs while sustaining profitability.


DOT Only or IATA Only Training

4-hour format

For IATA only training you must have knowledge of DOT 49 CFR regulations, if not, you must attend the combined 8-hour DOT/IATA program


DOT & IATA Training

8-hour format


** IATA recommendation: Your site should have a current IATA regulation booklet to reference, Life Safety provides this booklet at an additional cost. Annual replacement.