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Hazardous Materials Manuals
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Hazardous Materials
Stand alone manuals for: “Will Carry” and “Will Not Carry” Part 121 and 135 operators
Operators that choose not to carry hazardous materials must have a hazardous materials recognition program.
Responsibility for Acceptance/ Approval, Surveillance, and Enforcement of Hazardous Materials Programs. The Office of Security and Hazardous Materials (ASH) through the Regional Hazardous Materials Branch Managers (HMBM) has oversight responsibility for an air carrier’s hazardous materials program. The HMBM is the technical expert and must evaluate all hazardous materials programs. An operator’s hazardous materials program is contained in its hazardous materials manual and includes hazardous materials training.
Procedures for Approval of Hazardous Materials Training. When a Principal Operations Inspector (POI) receives proposed or updated hazardous materials training from an operator, the POI will forward it to the HMBM. The HMBM evaluates the contents of the training and consults with the POI when necessary. Once the HMBM is satisfied with the training, the HMBM will recommend it to the POI in writing for final approval. The POI then approves the implementation of the training in accordance with 14 CFR part 135 or 121. Hazardous materials training is included in the air carrier’s hazardous materials manual. The initial approval of the training is usually done at the same time as the review and acceptance of the hazardous materials manual.
Procedures for Approval of Hazardous Materials Manuals. As with other manuals, the hazardous materials manual is required by 14 CFR Part 121 and Part 135 and must be accepted by the POI. However, POIs must not accept this manual until the HMBM has evaluated it and recommended it for acceptance. When a POI receives a hazardous materials manual for review from an air carrier, the POI will forward it to the HMBM. The HMBM will review the contents of the manual and consult with the POI when necessary. Once the HMBM is satisfied with the manual, the HMBM will recommend it to the POI in writing for acceptance. Only then may the POI accept the manual.
Our Hazardous Materials Operations and Training manuals are designed to be a supplement to any Part 135 or 121 General Operations Manual and Training Program. Our manuals have been approved in every Flight Standards Region in the nation and many ICAO nations around the world with virtually no changes. Having a Hazardous Materials Operations and Training Program that is supplemental to your Operations Manual makes updating and revision almost painless. Call 530-PART135 to order your Hazardous Materials Operations and Training Program.
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Development history of the Hazardous Materials Operation and Training Programs. Prior to February 2007 the FAA Regional Offices gave a handout to Air Carrier applicants to insert into their operations manuals. Each Region had a different version of the HazMat handout. After 2007 each operator was required to develop their own program. At that time we removed the HazMat from our manuals and produced a stand-alone HazMat manual that conforms to D.O.T. and ICAO regulations. We currently use the FAA's "Safety Attribute Inspection (SAI) Data Collection Tool, 4.2.12 Hazardous Material Training Program (OP)" to ensure that all elements required by the FAA Region are addressed. Guidance for the development of HazMat programs comes from  FSIMS 8900.1 Volume 2, Chapter 2 Section 6. We also use "A Guide to Developing a Hazardous Materials Training Program" published by the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Further guidance at can be found at http://hazmat.dot.gov and http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/hazmat/