If you train your HazMat Employees triennially as required by US DOT regulations at 49 CFR 172, Subpart H; you are no doubt aware that in addition to training, §172.702(d) requires you to test them on the training requirements found in §172.704(a), these are:
- General Awareness/Familiarization
- Function Specific
- Safety/Emergency Response
- Security General Awareness
- In-Depth Security (if applicable)
§172.704(d) indicates the records that must be retained to document the successfully completed training:
- The hazmat employee’s name;
- The most recent training completion date of the hazmat employee’s training;
- A description, copy, or the location of the training materials used to meet the requirements in paragraph (a) of this section;
- The name and address of the person providing the training; and
- Certification that the hazmat employee has been trained and tested, as required by this subpart.
Notice, there is no mention of the test itself; and indeed, it is not necessary to retain a copy of the test as a record of HazMat Employee training (10-0122).
But what could it hurt? Why not retain the test with the remainder of the training documentation? One word: LITIGATION. I’m no lawyer, but I’ve been told that if your training is the subject of a legal proceeding, the presence of even a single wrong answer on the test could be used to demonstrate your HazMat Employees were not properly trained. So, what to do?
- Train and test your HazMat Employees triennially.
- Retain the records required by §172.704(d) and no more. Be prepared to provide them if requested by the US DOT.
- Ensure that your HazMat Employees get the best training possible.
I can help with all of the above. Attend one of my training workshops or contact me to provide on-site training for all of your HazMat Employees. Either way you will receive high quality training at a good price. And you can decide for yourself what to do with the test.