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HAZMAT Endorsement Test
You are going to be hauling hazardous materials over a route you do not know well. When should you check the route and get the permits needed for this trip?
Within 24 hours of the start of your trip
While you are still on a part of the trip that you know
Before starting your trip
When shippers package hazardous materials, they must certify that this was done according to regulations. The only exception is when:
The driver is given a sealed cargo compartment
The shipper is a private carrier, carrying their own product
The shipment is hazardous waste
To stop for railroad tracks, you should stop _______ feet before the nearest track.
15 to 50
3 to 5
10 to 30
If an "X" or an "RQ" is in the HM column of a shipping paper entry, then:
The Entry refers to product that must be top loaded
The shipment is regulated by hazardous materials regulations
The material listed on the line is the largest part of the shipment
A shipping paper for hazardous materials must include what?
Both of the above
A proper shipping description for each hazardous material and a shipper's certification stating that they prepared the shipment according to the regulations
Page numbers if the shipping paper has more than one page
Which of the following must drivers have in their possession while transporting
Class A or B explosives?
Both of the above
The carrier’s insurance policy
The written route plan
With most hazardous materials, you may briefly park within 5 feet of the road if your work requires it. The materials that are the exception and do not allow parking this close to the road are:
Explosives A & B
Acids and Poisons
Corrosives and Oxidizers
You find an overheated tire during an en-route inspection. If you are hauling hazardous materials, you must:
wait at least 2 hours before continuing your trip
remove the tire and place it a safe distance from the vehicle
cool the tire, then check it every 2 hours
The power unit of a placarded vehicle must have a fire extinguisher with a UL
rating of ____ B:C or more
If hazardous material is spilling from your vehicle, do not move your vehicle:
Any more than 500 feet
any more than safety requires
In an upwind direction
Who is responsible for finding out what permits or special routes are needed to haul hazardous materials?
A vehicle contains 500 pounds each of explosives A and B. You must have:
Blasting agents placards
Explosive A placard
If you are in an accident involving hazardous materials, you should
tell only the emergency response team about the hazard
prevent a panic by acting like nothing is wrong
keep all people far away and upwind of the accident.
Whenever your vehicle is placarded, do not drive near open fires unless you
are carrying LTL and its not flammable
can safely pass the fire without stopping
Are equipped with fire sprinklers
If there is an "RQ" before or after the item description on the shipping paper, it
The insurance on that product is over $1000.00
Any spill must be reported
The material in that package contains no other material
Class A explosives must not be transported in a combination vehicle if the vehicle
a placarded cargo tank
two or more trailers
A trailer with a wheelbase less than 200”
The total transport index of all radioactive material packages in a single vehicle
must not exceed ____.
Which signals may be used to warn of a stopped vehicle that contains explosives?
Flares or fuses
A hazard class name or ID number may not be used to describe
A nonhazardous material
A reportable quantity of hazardous materials
The transport index of a radioactive material
Is another way of notating weight on the package
Indicates the degree of control needed during transportation
Is the shippers concern
When fueling a placarded vehicle, someone must always be
within 10 feet of the pump, with a fire extinguisher
At the emergency power shut off for the pump
Standing at the nozzle, controlling the fuel flow
A properly prepared uniform hazardous waste manifest
Is the same as any other shipping paper
Is required if only there is only a cargo loss during shipment
must be signed and carried by anyone who transports the hazardous material
You have a vehicle without racks to hold cylinders or compressed gas. You may
load such cylinders only if they are:
Less than half the load
bundled loosely together with steel strapping
loaded upright or laying down flat and brace
Animals and human foodstuff should not be loaded in the same vehicle with:
A vehicle placarded for hazardous materials must have placards on ____ sides.
With most hazardous materials, you may park within 5 feet of the road briefly. If your work requires it. The materials that are the exception and do not allow parking this close to the road are.
Corrosives and oxidizers
Explosives A and B
Acids and poisons
You do not have a hazardous materials endorsement on your commercial driver license. When can you legally haul hazardous materials?
Only when the shipment does not cross state lines
All of the above
Only when the vehicle does not require placards
The basic description of a hazardous material includes the hazard class, the identification number, and the proper shipping name. Which one must appear first on the shipping paper?
The box number
The hazard class
The identification number
The proper shipping name
In Column 1 the symbol "I" means:
When hauling explosives 1.1 & 1.3; which placard do you use?
Both A and C
About the HAZMAT CDL Test
The HAZMAT test:
- 30 questions.
- You need 24 correct answers (80%).
- You may be timed. Time limit varies by state.
The second longest written test is the Hazardous Materials test because of the risks involved and the potential consequences these risks impose. These reasons compel governments on all levels to regulate the handling and transporting of hazardous materials.
There is a heap of information to learn and take to heart if you are interested in transporting hazardous materials. Most CDL manuals have about 20 pages of information to study for the HAZMAT test.
This is still only the beginning for candidates who wish to become a CDL HAZMAT operator. Before getting on the road yourself, there are many more hurdles. For example, you will have to have a background check performed and fingerprints taken; extra classes at your trucking school or through your employer; extensive training and testing on the job; and continued training and testing a minimum of once every three years.
When you prepare to take the CDL Written HAZMAT test, you should study the following topics:
- The intent of the regulations
- HAZMAT transportation—who does what
- Communication rules
- Package labels/placards
- The shipping paper
- Shipper’s certification
- Loafing and unloading
- Bulk packaging marking for loading and unloading
- Driving and parking rules
- Cargo tank
This is a serious job for serious applicants. Know everything you can about transporting hazardous materials. What three things do you need to know to decide which (if any) placards you need? Name a hazard class that uses transport indexes to determine the amount that can be loaded in a single vehicle. How is a portable tank different than a cargo tank? What is a safe haven?