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Interpretation Response #00-0118 ([Department of Energy] [Mr. Larry Blalock])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Department of Energy

Individual Name: Mr. Larry Blalock

Location State: MD Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

June 12, 2000

Mr. Larry Blalock               Ref. No. 00-0118
Office of Transportation
Department of Energy
Germantown, MD 20874-1290

Dear Mr. Blalock:

This is in response to your letter dated April 14, 2000, requesting an update on the initial and recurrent training requirements in §172-704.  The four questions you asked essentially involve two issues: 1) whether computer based training may be used to satisfy the training and recurrent requirements; and 2) whether an employee may successfully take a test and have the recurrent training requirement waived.

As stated in our previous response to you dated July 20, 1994, an employer may use any type of training method, including a computer based program, that ensures each hazmat employee receives general awareness/ familiarization, function specific and safety training.  Employees may be tested by any appropriate means on the training requirements specified in §172.304.  Recurrent training must cover the three primary areas as specified for initial training, i.e., general awareness/familiarization, function specific, and safety training.  Therefore, an employee, may not successfully take an exam and have the recurrent training requirement waived.

I hope this satisfies your inquiry.  If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.

Delmer F. Billings
Chief, Standards Development
Office of Hazardous Materials Standards


Regulation Sections

Section Subject
172.704 Training requirements