Workplace Material Handling & Safety Interview with CHEMTREC’s Training Program Manager, Nzingah Ramos

Who needs hazmat training and why is continuous hazmat training important?

Hazmat training is required for all hazmat employees. This includes those who handle hazardous materials or are involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. Not only does the United States DOT require training every three years, continuous training is essential due to the changing environment.

Can you please give a little background on your Online Hazmat Training for Shipping Hazardous Materials, why it was started and what the objectives of the program are?

CHEMTREC has provided emergency response information for 50 years, so we’ve seen how important the safe preparation and handling of hazmat shipments are. We saw a need for engaging, comprehensive and on-demand hazmat training for employees that manufacture, pack, ship, and handle hazardous materials.

Our online training courses are used by companies as either the sole source in training their employees or as a compliment to support their existing in-house training.

What courses are you currently offering and what sets them apart from other hazmat training programs?

Not only will individuals obtain the information required by the DOT to prepare safe and compliant shipments, but they will be provided with exclusive CHEMTREC content. Also, we have made course selection easy by aligning them with the requirements outlined by the training regulations. The available courses are:

  • Hazmat General, Safety and Security Awareness
  • 49 CFR
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Training for Operations Personnel
  • Shipping Fully Regulated and Excepted Lithium Batteries and Cells

New courses are coming Fall 2020!

How often do you update your course offerings?

Along with continuously updating our current courses with the most up-to-date regulatory information, we are constantly developing new courses. In 2020, we are on track to launch Ground Transportation for Carriers online training and OSHA Compliance online training.

Have the events of 2020 brought new challenges for training?  If so, how is CHEMTREC overcoming them?

It is true that 2020 has brought many challenges to our industry, however, we have been able to continue to support the need for training by offering it online. Individuals needing initial or refresher training enjoy the on-demand and self-paced features. Hazmat employers that have depended solely on group and face-to-face training have chosen to utilize our courses to shift to an online learning experience.

Do you have plans for future course growth that you can share?

CHEMTREC is always evolving with the industry and with the latest technology. We recently launched a new online training platform that allows users to break their training into segments, making it easier than ever to train at their own pace. We plan to add more courses to the platform on an ongoing basis, including two new courses in the fall of 2020. In the future we plan to also offer in-person training courses to help fill the needs of those companies that seek face-to-face training for their employees.