October 11, 2016 — Like many dealerships throughout the country, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has been involved with recent efforts to recover and transport certain passenger safety devices under a national campaign. Moreover, the 2017 Pacifica plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) carries lithium batteries, which are considered hazardous materials by both the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as well as by Transport Canada (TC).
To reduce the risks associated with the safe transportation of these products, FCA is requiring their dealers to be Hazmat trained prior to ordering the PHEV Pacifica.
Since 2005, CCAR has partnered with ShipMate, Inc. to provide online Hazardous Materials Transportation training that fulfills the regulatory training obligations for the transport of dangerous goods by any mode.
HazmatU®, CCAR’s online web-based hazmat transportation training program, has been set up for use by the entire FCA U.S. and Canadian dealer network and for all dealership staff that work with air bag modules or inflators, and other hazardous materials such as lithium batteries, seat belt pretensioners, shocks, used engines, batteries, and paint.
CCAR and ShipMate offer a suite of courses available under the HazmatU brand, including;
- HMT-0402 Surface Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Materials
- HMT-0402S Surface Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Materials (in Spanish)
- HMT-0422 Surface Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods – Canada
- HMT-0422F Surface Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods – Canada (in French)
Each course includes a series of training modules, learning assessments, glossary, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and a Web-Based Training Library that includes additional links, resources, downloadable files and other supplementary information. Each course is also professionally narrated. Following completion of the course of instruction, each student is provided a comprehensive final exam. Students that successfully complete the exam are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
These courses conform to and meet the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) training requirements for:
* General Awareness & Familiarization
* Hazardous Materials Security Awareness
* DOT General Safety
* Function-Specific Training (Automotive Hazardous Materials)
The Transport of Dangerous Goods (Canada) course(s) fulfills Transport Canada’s dangerous goods training requirements for those dealers in Canada’s territories and provinces, including the Maritimes.
HazmatU is available for a $299 annual subscription per facility, which allows a dealership to train an unlimited number of employees during the year.
CCAR is a not-for-profit organization that also operates the National Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Auto Repair in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. CCAR also has an active Alliance Agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide resources and best practice information.
We encourage all dealers to comply with DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations. If you have any questions related to the transport of automotive hazardous materials, contact ShipMate, Inc. at (310) 370-3600, or if you have questions regarding the requirements for training, contact CCAR at (888) 476-5465, or visit the HazmatU web site at www.hazmatu.org