Learn about hazardous materials, what requirements we must abide by when manufacturing drip torches, and the security risks associated with transporting hazardous materials.
What is HAZMAT?
HAZMAT is an abbreviation for “hazardous materials” — substances in quantities or forms that may pose a reasonable risk to health, property, or the environment. HAZMATs include such substances as toxic chemicals, fuels, nuclear waste products, and biological, chemical, and radiological agents.
Why do we have to learn about hazardous materials?
The US Department of Transportation requires employees to be trained when they handle hazardous materials or design, manufacture, fabricate, inspect, and mark containers used to transport hazardous materials in commerce. At KCR, our primary product is the drip torch, a fuel container used for wildfire prevention. As such, all employees are required to undergo training specified by federal law, including the general safety training you just received. HAZMAT training must be repeated at least once every three years.
General Awareness Training
The video below will familiarize you with HAZMAT training requirements and ensure that you can recognize and identify hazardous materials.
Through a combination of structured and informal on-the-job training, you will learn how to produce a drip torch consistent with federal laws. These requirements include:
- Using only materials provided to you for the construction of the drip torch. The aluminum stock material we use is of proper type and thickness in relation to the capacity of the drip torch and its intended use.
- Welding the seams of the drip torch tank.
- Installing gaskets and o-rings to seal all closures.
- Testing the tank to ensure it can remain secure and leakproof under normal conditions of transport.
- Ensuring the quality of the tank's powder coating.
- Permanently marking the bottom of the drip torch with the month and year of manufacture.
- Labeling the tank with a durable and weather-resistant "Flammable Liquid" sticker.
Security Awareness Training
While we do not handle hazardous materials as it pertains to this training, we are still required to learn about the security risks associated with transporting hazardous materials and methods designed to enhance transportation security.
If it isn't already installed, complete the installation setup for the HAZMAT Security Training application on your computer. Open the program and work through the modules:
- Potential Targets
- Potential Threats
- Prevention Tools
Use the "NEXT" button at the bottom of the application to progress through the modules, answering questions along the way to check your understanding.
Once you have made your way through all of the modules, take the final test. Answer the 10 multiple choice questions and then print your results. You must score at least an 80% to pass, otherwise you must re-take the training.
For any question you answered incorrectly: write the actual answer on the back of the results page and provide an explanation for why it is the correct answer.