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The resources compiled on this web site are drawn from a variety of sources. They are meant to help TRANSCAER® state team members and others implement TRANSCAER® training events. Inclusion on this web site does not indicate endorsement by TRANSCAER® or any of its sponsoring or participating organizations.  Please click on the links on the right navigational list to learn more about TRANSCAER®. 

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USDOT/PHMSA Offers NEW Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules

​This online training program introduces users to the HMR, and may be used to meet the requirements for general awareness/familiarization training, or as the basis for developing function-specific training programs.  

To Go To the HMT Training Modules

Current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require initial and recurrent training of all employees who perform work functions covered by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180). Any employee whose work directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety is required to have training.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has developed training modules that meet the requirements for general awareness training as prescribed in Title 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H.

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Training Modules contain an interactive training program for individual instruction. The training modules are available at:

Comments on this Phase 1 release of the Hazmat Transportation Training Modules may be sent to All comments will be evaluated for inclusion in Phase 2, planned for release in late 2016.

This free, on-line training program combines text, graphics, exercises, and tests in an interactive format. Upon completion of each module, a record of your test results will be available to print and save.

Note: This program is for training purposes only and is not a substitute for the HMR. Although the modules included in this program will be updated periodically, the regulations may change more frequently. To ensure that you are in compliance with current regulations, consult a current copy of the HMR and any subsequent final rules published in the Federal Register.

Crude Oil by Rail Response Safety Course

API, the Association of American Railroads and the member companies of both organizations have worked  to create a safety awareness course for first responders. The course, which will be offered through TRANSCAER® and can be reviewed online or presented in person by a TRANSCAER® approved instructor, is meant to provide some of the information first responders need to know before approaching an incident involving crude oil moved by rail. While crude oil is a flammable liquid and should be treated as such during a response, the growth in crude oil by rail has raised concerns about how first responders can be better prepared if an incident occurs. This program seeks to assist in preparation by describing the characteristics of crude oil and the rail cars it is shipped in, the RECEOS strategies that should be considered if crude oil is present, spill response and firefighting considerations, and the need for structured incident management.  This course has been designed for first responders with basic fighting training and is offered free of charge. Requests for in-person course instruction should be directed to your TRANSCAER® state coordinator. Also see the TRANSCAER® website for a calendar of course offerings, or contact Suzanne Lemieux at to request a specific event. 


Safety and Security Guidelines for the Storage and Transportation of Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate at Retail Facilities

The purpose of these Guidelines is to outline best practices for the safety and security of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate (FGAN) in storage and in transportation at fertilizer retail facilities. The new document can be used as a resource by the industry, government agencies and emergency responders. The document outlines storage and handling regulations put in place for FGAN facilities, as well as recommendations for first responders in the event of a fire. Compliance requirements for transporting FGAN via truck, highway, rail and barge are also provided. Click here to download a copy of the guidelines. 

RFA's Hinged and Bolted Manway Assembly resources for General Flammables
The Renewable Fuels Association has been very busy developing safety resources for the shippers of flammable materials by rail. Rail safety is vitally important to the RFA and something as simple as under tightening or over tightening a bolt on the manway can lead to an accidental release of product. This information can be viewed on our webpage. These materials are available to you at NO COST! Please let RFA know if they can mail to you copies of the guideline, brochure or poster by contacting RFA via email at or by phone at 402.391.1930.

PHMSA First Responder LNG Safety
There are over 300,000 miles of transmission lines carrying Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) across the United States, and over 1.8 million miles of local distribution lines. LNG supply and demand are both increasing, and the rate at which it is shipped into the country is also increasing.
Learn more about LNG Safety at Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). (Source: PHMSA)

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