Do I Need HAZMAT Certification?

Should I Get HAZMAT Certification?

Do you work around materials that could cause your skin to get irritated? Maybe you have fumes around you that cause you to cough? Does you job require you to transport hazardous materials from one location to another? These are all good reasons to pursue getting a HAZMAT certification, even if your specific job duties may not require it.

Any exposure to a hazardous good creates dangerous circumstances for people, animals, and environments. Knowing how to properly react to these circumstances could literally mean the difference between life and death!

What Does Your Job Need You To Do?

Almost all HAZMAT certification revolves around the business world because most items in a home don’t require special protections. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule and there are some dangerous goods that most people use every day. For example:

  • bleach,
  • toilet bowl cleaner [sulphuric acid], and
  • generalized disinfectants.

If it causes skin irritation in most people who have contact with it, then it is considered a HAZMAT item. Even drain cleaners qualify!

HAZMAT certification, however, is more designed for those who have a professional responsibility around these dangerous substances every day. For some jobs, the need for certification is very plain. Transporting liquified gas, combustible materials, and other explosive or flammable substances require certification to be held. Other job duties, however, aren’t as clear-cut.

Do You Transport Items To a Job Site?

Bill just got hired as a supervisor of a team of residential construction and landscaping crews. He’s got 6 line foremen and 40 employees who base out of a central office and travel to various worksites throughout their community. Some teams do basic tasks, like mow lawns and remove weeds. Other teams go into foreclosed homes to restore them for re-sale. Does his team need HAZMAT certification?

Yes. Every team member needs to take the basic HAZMAT certification course. Not only are they transporting hazardous materials to different worksites [gasoline], but they could be exposed to dangerous goods as well [asbestos insulation] on a daily basis. In addition, his line foremen should be certified as supervisors in HAZMAT and Bill himself should pursue at least a Level I FRO certification. 

Janitors, retail employees that work in stores that sell dangerous goods, and even lifeguards at the community pool all have exposure risks, which means the best practice is to obtain a basic HAZMAT certification. If your job fits into these categories or even if you just think they do, then you’ll want to know how to get certified today! Read on here.