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Avoiding DOT Penalties

September 19, 2014 by Eric Schmitz


Last week, you learned how a Department of Transportation investigator will decide what your citation is. Understanding penalties is only half the battle; you should also focus on implementing a hazardous shipping program that will be compliant and protect the environment and your employees. A complete and effective program should include the following:

  • Hazardous materials classification: Ensure that your DOT program determines which materials are subject to regulation by DOT. This program should also include who will perform each classification.
  • Packaging: Your DOT program should include how to select appropriate packages, how the materials will be packaged, and protocol for following manufacturer’s instructions for filing and sealing the packages.
  • Communications: New Hazcom regulations have specific rules for marking and labeling packages. Your DOT program communications should implement these regulations.
  • Shipping: Your DOT program should include who is responsible for shipping paperwork. The program should include what is entered into paperwork and who is responsible for signing paperwork.
  • Training: Your DOT program should include a training section that includes who must be trained, how often they must be re-trained, who will provide the training, testing protocol, and how training will be effectively documented.
  • Safety: Your DOT program must include protocol for overall hazardous material safety. The program should include how to protect employees, the public, and the environment.

Do you know if your DOT program is complete? Contact your Risk Management Consultant or [email protected].

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: Avoidance, Compliance, Department, DOT, of, Plan, Transportation