The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a notice to hazardous materials employers regarding training requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In response to the unprecedented changes to business practices across the country during this outbreak, PHMSA, FRA, FMCSA, and FAA have decided not to take any enforcement action against hazardous materials employers that are unable to provide their employees with the recurrent training.
The notice goes on to say “PHMSA does want to take this opportunity to remind employers that the HMR does not require training to be provided in a traditional classroom setting or through on the job training. Any method of training delivery, including web based, self-paced computer instruction, remotely delivered classroom instruction, on the job training, or some combination of those methods that cover the required elements in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H are acceptable. PHMSA encourages the utilization of any of these training methods to provide hazmat employees with appropriate recurrent training even if testing is not possible.”