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The Outreach and Training Branch develops materials that make it easier to understand and comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Some publications enhance general understanding of the regulations, while others focus on specific training niches. See our list of Hazmat transportation training publications below. We also offer training videos and interactive CD-ROMS that are designed to help the regulated community meet the training requirements set forth in the HMR.

Hazardous Materials Training Publications

DOT Chart 16: Markings, Labeling and Placarding Guide

DOT Chart 16: Markings, Labeling, and Placarding Guide

PHMSA has released the "DOT Chart 16 - Hazardous Materials Markings, Labeling and Placarding Guide" in print as well as searchable mobile applications for both iOS and Android platforms to assist shippers, carriers, and other stakeholders to quickly access information regarding hazardous materials markings, labels and placards.

Sampling and Testing Program for Unrefeined Petroleum-Based Products

Sampling and Testing Program for Unrefined Petroleum-Based Products

In new regulations adopted in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 100-180) on May 8, 2015 (80 FR 26643), PHMSA established requirements for shippers in all modes of transportation to develop and carry out a sampling and testing program for all unrefined petroleum-based products.

DOT-Aprpoved Third Party Packaging Certification Agencies

DOT-Approved Third Party Packaging Certification Agencies

This brochure describes PHMSA's Third Party Packaging Certification Program

Cargo Tank Motor Vehicle Loading/Unloading Operations Best Practices Guide

Cargo Tank Motor Vehicle (CTMV) - Loading/Unloading Operations: Recommended Best Practices Guide

This document is intended to aid hazmat employers and others responsible for CTMV loading/unloading by offering recommended best practices to further enhance the safety of these operations.

CTMV Loading/Unloading Operations Best Practices Pocket Guide

Cargo Tank Motor Vehicle (CTMV) - Loading/Unloading Operations: Recommended Best Practices Pocket Guide

Before engaging in the process of loading and/or unloading a CTMV, PHMSA strongly advises you to consider the following questions.

Industry Alert Poster for Fireworks Shippers, Distributors and Carriers

Industry Alert for Fireworks Shippers, Distributors, and Carriers

This PHMSA Safety Alert describes how to transport consumer fireworks safely and in compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

Van Rental for Transporting Fireworks Poster

Are You Renting a Van or Box Truck to Transport Fireworks?

This brochure describes how fireworks shippers and carriers comply with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

Ebola Waste Transportation Poster

Are You Preparing Suspected Ebola - Contaminated Waste For Transportation?

This 11 x 17" poster provides general guidance on the proper packaging of suspected Ebola-contaminated waste.

Is Your Cylinder Safe to Fill Poster

Is Your Cylinder Safe To Fill?

This 11x17" poster provides cylinder safety guidance to show fillers how to inspect a cylinder for serviceability.

IMPORTANT: PHMSA is aware of concerns regarding newly adopted 10-year requirements for propane cylinder requalification. Please note that during the period that PHMSA reviews and acts on a petition for reconsideration, there will be no enforcement actions taken against those using either the 10- or 12-year volumetric expansion testing. Previous requalification guidance remains valid in the interim. Read the notice for more information.

Propane Cylinder Safety Flyer

Is Your Propane Cylinder Safe?

This Propane Cylinder Safety poster provides guidance on how to check manufacturing and requalification dates to see if the cylinder is safe for use. The 2-sided poster displays the information in both English and Spanish.

IMPORTANT: PHMSA is aware of concerns regarding newly adopted 10-year requirements for propane cylinder requalification. Please note that during the period that PHMSA reviews and acts on a petition for reconsideration, there will be no enforcement actions taken against those using either the 10- or 12-year volumetric expansion testing. Previous requalification guidance remains valid in the interim. Read the notice for more information.

Do You Know if You're Shipping Hazardous Materials Poster

Do You Know If You're Shipping Hazardous Materials?

This brochure is written to raise awareness of hazardous materials shipping requirements among small and entry-level hazardous materials shippers who may not be aware of the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Created in partnership with the Council on the Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) and the Associated Mail and Parcel Carriers (AMPC), this brochure addresses a growing community of small shippers, which has burgeoned in size since the introduction of online auction websites.

HazMat Training Requirements

Hazmat Transportation Training Requirements

This brochure describes the training requirements in 49 CFR §172.700-704, including security awareness and in-depth security training requirements for hazmat employers and employees. Frequently asked questions are answered and specific regulations are cited.

Explosives Approval Regulatory Guidelines Poster

Explosives Approvals - Regulatory Guidelines for Shipping and Transporting Fireworks

For fireworks manufacturers when applying for DOT special permits and approvals, and transporting them.

Fireworks Safety Guidelines for Shipping Consumer Fireworks

Fireworks Safety Guidance for Shipping Consumer Fireworks

For fireworks shippers, distributors, and carriers when preparing consumer fireworks for transport.

Guide to Performance Packaging Codes Poster

Guide to Performance Packaging Codes

This guide provides information associated with performance packaging as identified in 49 CFR, Part 178. It provides sample markings, codes, tests, approximate conversion factors, and definition of packing group associated with packaging used for hazardous materials shipments.

How to Handle Radioactive Packages Brochure How To Handle Radioactive Materials Packages Brochure
How to Use the HMR

How to Use the HMR

30 page training document on 49 CFR Parts 100-18

Security Requirements Brochure in English

Security Requirements Brochure (English)

This brochure describes new security training and planning requirements and provides guidance in assessing security threats. It also lists suggested security measures, and provides contact information for other Federal agencies and industry organizations and associations to obtain further security planning information.

Security Requirements Brochure in Spanish

Security Requirements Brochure (Spanish)

This brochure describes new security training and planning requirements and provides guidance in assessing security threats. It also lists suggested security measures, and provides contact information for other Federal agencies and industry organizations and associations to obtain further security planning information.

Shipping Batteries Safely Poster

Shipping Batteries Safely by Air: What You Need to Know

This guide describes the USDOT regulations for the classification criteria, packaging requirements, and hazard communication for the transportation of batteries shipped by aircraft under 49 CFR, Parts 100-185.

Transporting Agricultural Products Safely Poster

Transporting Agricultural Products Safely

A guide to the HM-226A rule

UN Cylinders Brochure

UN Cylinders: What You Should Know

This brochure describes the USDOT standards for the design, construction, and use of UN pressure receptacles, adopted into 49 CFR, Parts 171-180, effective September 11, 2006.

Wetlines Awareness for Emergency Responders Poster

Wetlines Awareness for Emergency Responders

This brochure, developed in partnership with the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc., the National Association of State Fire Marshals, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, provides general awareness to emergency responders regarding wetlines. Wetlines are external piping located beneath a cargo tank designed to break off in the event of an accident.

Materials of Trade Poster

What Are Materials Of Trade

When certain hazardous materials are transported in small quantities as part of a business, they are subject to less regulation because of the limited hazard they pose. These materials are known as Materials of Trade (MOTs). This brochure helps explain MOTs and your responsibilities when transporting these materials.

Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program Poster

What You Should Know: A Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program

This guide explains the training requirements in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, identifies those employees who must be trained, and provides a tool to help hazmat employers determine what type of training and training environment may be best for their employees.

Updated: Thursday, September 28, 2017