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.
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The term hazardous materials refers to hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, marine pollutants and elevated temperature material. There are 2 types of endorsements dealing with HAZMAT, H and X.
H – Transporting Hazardous Material
X – Transporting Hazardous Material in a Tank
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.
HAZMAT Employer Training
Upon hire, HAZMAT employers are required to train employees in the following:
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