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Hazardous Materials Transport:

Back to Hazardous Substances Map Tribal communities purchase, handle, package, store, and transport hazardous materials. This webpage has been developed to provide a summary of what training and regulations hazardous material employees should be aware of when preparing hazardous materials for transport. This information is not intended to take the place of US Department of Transportation (USDOT), US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) information and training for handling, packaging, storing, and transporting hazardous materials.

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) are issued by USDOT and govern the transportation of hazardous materials in interstate, intrastate, and foreign commerce. The primary goal of the USDOT Hazardous Materials Regulations are the safety of the public and those whom prepare hazardous materials for transportation or transport them. USDOT has issued specific requirements for shipments of hazardous materials in transportation.

Are you subject to the HMR?
Do you prepare, offer, and/or transport any hazardous materials(s) by motor vehicle, rail car, aircraft or vessel?
Do you manufacture, repair or recondition containers for the transportation of hazardous materials?

If you answered "yes" to one or both of the questions above, the HMR apply to you. You must comply with all aspects of the HMR, including training of hazmat employees (see Subpart H, §172.700). You may also be required to register with and pay a fee to the USDOT(see Subpart G, §107.601).

Recommendation: Read §171.1 and 171.2 of the HMR to determine how the regulations apply to you.

    » Hazardous Materials Regulations

Any employee whose work directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety is required to have training. DOT provides online training to meet the requirements for general awareness/familiarization training here:
    » DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules

Live Assistance
If you have a question about transporting hazardous materials or need clarification on an entry in the Hazardous Materials Regulations, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Hazmat Information Center provides live, one-on-one assistance.
    » Hazardous Materials Information Center

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of solid waste (e.g., garbage), hazardous waste, and underground storage tanks holding petroleum products or certain chemicals. The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave USEPA authority to develop the RCRA program. USEAP’s mission is to protect human health and the environment. For more information on hazardous waste regulations go to ITEP’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act webpage.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) guidelines to train people who will handle, clean up hazardous waste and materials OR conduct operations involving hazardous wastes at treatment, storage, and disposal facilities regulated by Title 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA, or by agencies under agreement with EPA to implement RCRA regulations. OSHA’s mission is to assure safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing standards, and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. For more information on the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response regulation go to ITEP’s Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response Training Requirements webpage.

Implementing Solutions:

Please submit your experiences (successes/challenges) and tribal-specific documents to share on our website using the attached form. Your examples of hazardous materials manifests or other tracking forms are very helpful for other tribes as they develop their programs.
Download Form [doc]


How To Use the Hazardous Materials Regulations CFR 49 Parts 100 to 185 [pdf]
Do you know if you’re shipping hazardous materials? Brochure [pdf]
A Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program [pdf]
Guide for Preparing Shipping Papers [pdf]
Shipping Batteries Safely by Air: What You Need to Know [pdf]
Household Hazardous Waste Collection: A Program Guide for Tribal Governments [pdf]


Hazardous Materials: General Awareness and Familiarization (USDOT) 17:07min:

How to Package and Backhaul Batteries, Lights, Ballasts, and Electronic Waste from Alaska Communities (multiple short videos):


USDOT PHMSA News, Updates, Resources, and Offices:

Frequently asked questions about the HMR (49 CFR Parts 171-180) by topic area:

USDOT PHMSA Free Publications:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: General overview of the requirements for transporting hazardous materials by highway.

Related Pages:


Emergency Planning, Management, and Response


Solid & Hazardous Waste Regulations

For more information, please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager
Tel: 928/523-3840
Email: Todd.Barnell@nau.edu

Jennifer Williams, Alaska Program Coordinator, Sr.
Tel: 928/523-0673
Email: Jennifer.Williams@nau.edu

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Last updated: November 21, 2016


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