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Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Shipping Batteries course should be taken by any Hazmat Employee involved in the packaging or shipping of hazardous batteries.This includes, but is not limited to, Hazmat Employers involved in the carrying, shipment, or manufacture of hazardous materials.

Shippers play an important role in reducing the risks and preventing incidents associated with the transportation of batteries.

In this course we’ll examine the hazards batteries pose and how to safely manage those hazards when preparing batteries for transportation. We will look at the shipping requirements for the DOT, IATA, and IMDG.

Because this training is Function Specific Training, it is intended to build on what you learned during your General Awareness Training. If you have not taken General Awareness Training — or do not remember important content from the training, such as how to use the Hazmat Table (HMT) or the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), you may want to take that training before taking this training.

Objectives

The objectives of this course are address the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i)

Function-specific Training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training concerning the requirements of this subchapter, or exemptions or special permits issued under subchapter A of this chapter, that are specifically applicable to the functions the employee performs.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe hazards posed by batteries;
  • Package different battery types properly;
  • Determine shipping requirements for all battery types; and
  • Respond appropriately to incidents involving batteries.

Topics

 

Course Sections

This course consists of 1 module broken down into 5 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Course Modules, Sections, and Exams
ModuleSectionSection Title
Module 1
1 Course Overview
2 Battery Types and General Hazards
3 Lithium Batteries
4 Requirements for Other Battery Types
5 Incident Reporting
Final Exam

Exams

This course has a final exam based upon the content covered in the course.

The exam consists of 10 questions randomly selected from a larger pool of questions. A score of 70% or better is required to pass the exam. Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security Awareness Training.

This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

Depending on your specific occupation your employer may also require you to take OSHA, EPA, or other hazardous materials response training.

In addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training provided by his or her employer. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company-specific training should be well documented.

If you are required to use any equipment for safety or other purposes as part of your job, additional training may be required.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Mobile Version

 

We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). Many of our existing courses are presented using Adobe Flash Player and require additional software that may not be available on your mobile device. By comparison, this course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.

FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.


Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.


Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.


Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.