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1. What shape is a placard indicating hazardous materials?

In general, vehicles carrying hazardous materials are required to display diamond-shaped warning signs on all four sides. These warning signs are called "placards."

2. If you apply for an original or renewal HazMat endorsement, you must undergo a check through which agency?
The Transportation Security Administration
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Department of Energy
The local law enforcement agency

To obtain a hazardous materials endorsement, you must pass a security check conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

3. If there is a collision involving a vehicle transporting Class 1 explosives, the driver should:
Not warn others of the danger.
Allow smoking near the vehicle.
Keep the explosives inside the vehicle until after separating the vehicles involved in the collision.
Remove the explosives from the vehicle before separating the vehicles involved in the collision.

If you are driving a vehicle that is transporting Class 1 explosives and it is involved in an accident, you should warn others of the danger, keep bystanders away, and not allow smoking or open fires near the vehicle. Before separating the vehicles involved in the collision, remove all explosives and place them at least 200 feet away from the vehicles and any occupied buildings.

4. ____ are used to warn others of hazardous materials.
Flashing lights
Color-coded pieces of tape

Diamond-shaped signs called placards are placed on bulk packages and on the outside of vehicles to warn drivers and others of the presence of hazardous materials. It is the responsibility of the shipper to place the placards, and it is the responsibility of the driver to verify that the correct placards have been placed.

5. If transporting explosives:
You must have a written route plan.
You should take the shortest possible route.
You can always use tunnels.

If transporting Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives, you must follow a written route plan. Whenever placarded, avoid heavily populated areas, crowds, tunnels, narrow streets, and alleys. Be sure to research any restrictions that may apply to the routes you plan to take.

6. Hazardous materials placards are usually shaped like:

Hazardous materials warning placards are usually diamond-shaped.

7. If transporting a package that contains radioactive materials, it is important to know that:
Radiation will pass through to other packages.
The package should be placed in the cab.
The package should be loaded on its side.
The package should be made of wood.

Radiation will surround each package of radioactive materials and pass through to all nearby packages. The number of packages that can be loaded together is controlled.

8. Who is responsible for identifying the hazard class of materials being shipped?
The shipper
The carrier
The driver
The mechanic

The shipper of hazardous materials is responsible for identifying the product's identification number; proper shipping name; hazard class; packing group; and correct packaging, labels, marking, and placards.

9. When traveling with Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives, the vehicle should not be:
Parked within 300 feet of a bridge.
Parked within 40 feet of the road.
Parked for only short periods of time.
Parked on grass.

Except when parking briefly to perform necessary functions for vehicle operation (such as refueling), never park a vehicle carrying Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives within 300 feet of a bridge, tunnel, or building. Never park such a vehicle within five feet of the traveled portion of a road. Such vehicles should be parked only briefly.

10. When traveling with Division 1.1 explosives, you may park no closer than ____ from the nearest building.
10 feet
50 feet
300 feet

When carrying Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives, you should not park within 300 feet of a bridge, tunnel, or building, unless you are parking for a short period of time while performing an operational necessity, like refueling.

11. Unless the package is clearly unsafe, a driver needs ____ to accept a package.
The shipper’s certification
A notarized statement
A verbal agreement

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.

12. On packages that are not large enough to hold a HazMat label, materials should be labeled:
With a barcode.
With a tag.
With a piece of orange tape.
With a red checkmark.

If a package of hazardous materials is not large enough to display the proper label, the label may be placed on a tag that is securely attached to the package.

13. In the Hazardous Materials Table, Column 2 lists:
The names of materials.
Where materials originate.
Special provisions for materials.
Materials' manufacturers.

Column 2 of the Hazardous Materials Table lists the proper shipping names and descriptions of regulated materials.

14. If cargo is leaking, you should:
Touch the leaking material to identify the cargo.
Use shipping papers and labels to identify the leaking cargo.
Assume all the cargo is leaking.
Spray the leaking containers with water.

If you discover a leak in a cargo of hazardous materials, identify the materials in question by using the shipping papers, labels, or package location. Do not touch the leaking material.

15. A person supervising the loading of a tank:
Should be certified in CPR.
Must be a licensed firefighter.
Does not need to know the materials being loaded.
Must be within 25 feet of the tank.

The loading of a tank with hazardous materials must always be watched by a qualified person. This person must be alert; have a clear view of the tank; stay within 25 feet of the tank; know the hazards associated with the materials; know what to do in an emergency; and be able and authorized to move the tank if necessary.

16. Load hazardous materials:
Near heat sources.
Away from heat sources.
In direct sunlight.
In the rain.

Hazardous materials should always be loaded away from heat sources. Many materials become more hazardous if their temperatures increase.

17. A person should not smoke within ____ of a vehicle placarded for Class 3 or Division 2.1 materials.
10 feet
25 feet
100 feet
1,000 feet

A person should not smoke within 25 feet of a placarded tank that is used to transport Class 3 (flammable liquids) or Division 2.1 (gases) materials. Additionally, no person should smoke or carry a lit cigar, cigarette, or pipe within 25 feet of any vehicle containing Class 1 (explosives), Class 4 (flammable solids), or Class 4.2 (spontaneously combustible).

18. During a cargo fire, opening the trailer doors may actually cause the fire to expand because doing so:
Allows oxygen into the trailer.
Changes the temperature of the trailer.
Provides more moisture to the trailer.

When experiencing a cargo fire, it may be a bad idea to open the doors to the trailer. Doing so allows oxygen to enter the area, potentially causing the fire to flare up and expand.

19. What can be a clue that a shipment may contain hazardous materials?
The shipper is a business you might expect to deal with hazardous materials.
The last shipment you picked up was labeled as hazardous.
The packaging looks damaged.
The road is made of gravel.

One clue that a shipment may contain hazardous materials is that the shipper is in a line of business that you would expect to involve hazardous materials. Examples of such businesses include paint dealers, chemical suppliers, scientific supply houses, pest control companies, agricultural suppliers, and dealers in explosives, fireworks, or munitions.

20. To transport hazardous materials, a driver needs:
Only a CDL.
A CDL with hazardous materials endorsement.
A CDL with a tank endorsement.

To drive a vehicle of any size that is used to transport hazardous materials, you must have a CDL with a hazardous materials endorsement.

21. If cargo containing hazardous materials is leaking, the driver should:
Drive to find a phone to alert emergency personnel
Drive to a designated hazardous materials clean up facility
Park the vehicle and contact emergency personnel
Continue driving to the destination

In the event of a leak in a cargo of hazardous materials, do not continue to drive any longer than is necessary for safety. Continuing to drive would result in a larger area becoming contaminated. Instead, park the vehicle, secure the area, stay with the vehicle, and send someone to get help.

22. If transporting explosives, you may leave your vehicle unattended:
In a rest area.
At a truck stop.
On private property.
In a safe haven.

When transporting hazardous materials, you may leave your vehicle unattended in a safe haven. A safe haven is a location that has been approved for parking unattended vehicles that are loaded with explosives.

23. When refueling a vehicle carrying hazardous materials:
The engine should be left on.
The engine should be turned off.
The gas nozzle may be left unattended.

If you need to refuel a vehicle carrying hazardous materials, you must first turn off the engine. While refueling, someone must be at the nozzle and controlling the fuel flow at all times.

24. When driving a vehicle with empty cargo tanks that are used to carry hazardous materials, the driver:
Can cross railroad tracks without slowing or stopping.
Needs to slow when approaching railroad tracks, but is not required to stop.
Must stop at railroad crossings before proceeding.
Should never drive over railroad tracks.

A vehicle with tanks that are used to transport hazardous materials must always be stopped before being driven over railroad tracks, even if the tanks are empty.

25. If you are transporting hazardous materials and the cargo catches on fire, you should:
Try to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.
Contact emergency personnel and let them battle the fire.
Continue driving to the fire department.

Fighting a hazardous materials fire requires specialized training and equipment. Unless you possess these yourself, it is best to let emergency personnel deal with the fire.

26. The only way to effectively check your tire pressure is:
With a tire pressure gauge.
By eyeballing it.
By pushing on the tire to feel the pressure.

You must examine each tire on a motor vehicle at the beginning of each trip. The only effective way to check tire pressure is by using a tire pressure gauge.

27. If transporting chlorine, what must be in the vehicle?
A gas mask
An axe
A cell phone

A driver transporting chlorine in cargo tanks must have an approved gas mask in the vehicle, as well as an emergency kit for controlling leaks in dome cover plate fittings on the cargo tank.

28. When loading compressed gas, the liquid discharge valves should be:

Keep liquid discharge valves on a compressed gas tank closed except when loading and unloading.

29. Shipping papers should be:
Hidden from view.
Placed in the glove box.
Easily seen by anyone entering the cab.

When transporting hazardous materials, shipping papers should be kept in a pouch in the driver's side door, or in another location where the driver is able to easily reach them while their seat belt is fastened. The papers must be easily visible to anyone who is entering the cab.

30. Class 1, Class 2.1, and Class 3 items should not be placed in a trailer with:
A heater.
An air conditioner.
Other items.

The use of cargo heaters is not always permitted. When transporting materials that are categorized as Class 1 (Explosives), Class 2.1 (Flammable Gas), or Class 3 (Flammable Liquids) materials, heaters are generally prohibited.

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