HazMat

This endorsement is required to haul hazardous materials as defined in Title 49, CFR, §383.5. To receive this endorsement, drivers must also pass a Transportation Security Administration background.. Read More

This endorsement is required to haul hazardous materials as defined in Title 49, CFR, §383.5. To receive this endorsement, drivers must also pass a Transportation Security Administration background check. To receive this endorsement, applicants must pass a test. The test consists of 30 multiple choice questions. To pass, the applicant must answer at least 24 questions correctly. Each question has three possible answer choices. Test questions come from the Virginia Commercial Driver License Manual. Questions come from the chapter covering: Hazardous Materials. The Hazardous Materials endorsement can be used with Class A, B and C CDL.

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1. Unless the package is clearly unsafe, a driver needs ____ to accept a package.

Explanation
When a shipper packages hazardous materials, they certify that the package has been prepared according to Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Unless a package is clearly unsafe or noncomplying with HMR, you may accept the shipper’s certification concerning the proper packaging of a material.

2. As a driver, which of the following is not your job at the scene of an accident?

Explanation
If you are involved in an accident while carrying hazardous materials, it is your responsibility as the driver to keep people away from the scene; limit the spread of material if you can safely do so; inform emergency response personnel of the dangers posed by the materials; and provide emergency personnel with the shipping papers and emergency response information. Unless you have protective equipment and the necessary training, do not try to fight hazardous materials fires yourself.

3. In the event of a fire, what should you do before opening trailer doors?

Explanation
If you are experiencing a truck fire, you should not attempt to open trailer doors without first feeling the doors to see if they are hot. If the doors are hot, there may be a cargo fire. In this case, leave the doors closed because opening the doors could worsen the fire by supplying it with more oxygen.

4. Before loading or unloading flammable liquids, the engine should be:

Explanation
Unless you must run the engine to operate a pump, you should always turn off the engine before loading or unloading flammable liquids.

5. A placard identifying hazardous materials must be placed:

Explanation
When required, hazardous materials placards must be placed on the front, rear, and both sides of a vehicle.

6. A material’s hazard class reflects:

Explanation
A hazardous material will be placed into one of nine classes to explain the type of risks associated with the material.
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