Companies continue to be fined by PHMSA for failing to train their hazardous materials employees. In August 2005, fines to 26 companies totaled $146,761.00, many of which were for non-compliant to CFR 172.704, the HazMat training requirements. All employees who have any responsibility involving dangerous goods or hazardous materials must be trained. Employees are required to receive initial training within 90 days of initial employment and then every 3 years thereafter or sooner if major rule changes affect your company. If you are unsure about your training compliance, contact www.r-a-specialists.com or www.dgac.org for a list of training class options and locations.