CDL HAZMAT Endorsement
The USA PATRIOT Act prohibits states from issuing a CDL license to operate a commercial motor vehicle transporting hazardous materials unless the Secretary of Transportation has determined the individual does not pose a security risk. The term hazardous materials refers to hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, marine pollutants and elevated temperature material.
Drivers seeking to obtain, renew or transfer a hazardous materials endorsement on a state-issued CDL must pass the TSA Hazardous Material Endorsement Threat Assessment Program. The risk assessment includes checks of criminal history records, legal status, and relevant international databases.
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CDL HAZMAT Endorsement Requirements
- Completion of a HAZMAT knowledge test
- Completion of a Federal Security Threat Assessment
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or appropriate immigration status
- FBI fingerprint check
- Federal criminal history background check; and
- Additional fees for fingerprinting and background check
HAZMAT Employer Training
Upon hire, HAZMAT employers are required to train employees in the following:
- General awareness and familiarization training in the purpose behind HAZMAT requirements
- Function-specific training to teach employees the knowledge, skills and abilities of their job
- Safety training to provide information concerning the hazardous materials in the workplace, as well as personal protection measures
- Every HAZMAT employee must complete security training that covers the risks associated with the job and the methods to improve job security
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