Model Post-Secondary Education Curricula for the Transportation of Hazardous Materials

Despite the critical role of hazardous materials (hazmat) in the nation's industry and commerce and the need to ensure that hazmat transportation occurs safely and efficiently, there is very little coverage of this topic in post-secondary education curricula in the United States. What little formal instruction that does exist is focused on training shipper and transportation company operations personnel in how to conduct hazmat transport within the current regulations, and training emergency responders for incident management. Those involved in the total supply chain; transportation officials in the public sector; and other officials involved in planning, enforcement, and economic development have little or no formal education in hazmat transportation. As a result, new employees with responsibility for ensuring the safe transportation of hazmat must learn the requirements through on-the-job training. Few programs address proactive and sound management principles and strategies. And, as the current cadre in industry and government involved with hazardous materials transportation expertise reaches retirement age, there will be a knowledge gap in the workforce that must be addressed. The objective of this research is to develop model post-secondary education curricula that address the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by the public (e.g., regulators, inspectors) and private (e.g., shippers, receivers) sectors for the safe and efficient transportation of hazardous materials. 


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project HM-16

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    3 Sigma Consultants

  • Principal Investigators:

    Bronzini, Michael

  • Start Date: 20111201
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130401
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38397

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01548175
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project HM-16
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 18 2014 1:00AM