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Recurrent Hazmat Training Enforcement Discretion Extended to October 31, 2020


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) understands that many handlers of hazardous materials continue to experience difficulty obtaining or providing hazmat training as required by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR, 49 CFR Parts 171-180). 


What is waived? PHMSA will continue not to take enforcement action against any hazmat offeror or carrier who cannot provide recurrent training per the HMR training requirements found in 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2) until October 31, 2020. This extends their previous waiver from March 25, 2020, that expired this week.

Compliance Options. PHMSA does want to remind employers that the HMR does not require training to be provided in a traditional classroom setting or through on the job training. Any method of training delivery, including web-based, self-paced computer instruction, remotely delivered classroom instruction, on the job training, or some combination of those methods that cover the required elements in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H are acceptable. 


Training Options. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) offers online Hazmat Training with certificate through its new Learning Management System at https://training.propane.com/, and TPGA does have members that provide for-hire hazmat training as well if members want to get still their hazmat training done in-person.

Following the expiration of the waiver on October 31, 2020, hazmat employers and employees are expected to be in full compliance with the recurrent training requirements found in 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2).


For questions on this waiver, online hazmat training, or a list of members that offer hazmat training, please contact TPGA at (800)325-7427.

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