Numbers 1 and 2 apply to your whole team; number 3 varies from role to role. Depending on a worker’s role, function-specific training may cover shipping papers, marking and labeling, placarding, packaging, loading and unloading, or a combination of topics. For more information, click here.
All workers involved in the transportation of hazardous materials should be trained and certified as soon as possible, and no later than 90 days after they join your organization.
2. Maintain a 24-Hour Emergency Response Phone Line
Your organization’s obligations don’t end once your hazardous materials hit the road. DOT requires anyone who “offers a hazardous material for transportation” to “provide an emergency response telephone number, including the area code, for use in an emergency involving the hazardous material.”
Your company’s support line may not cut it. DOT specifies that an emergency response number must…
- be monitored as long as the hazardous material is in transport;
- belong to someone “who is either knowledgeable of the hazardous material being shipped and has comprehensive emergency response and incident mitigation information for that material, or has immediate access to a person who possesses such knowledge and information”;
- be listed on a shipping paper.
To fulfill this requirement, many organizations choose to outsource their emergency response lines to third-party providers.
3. Document Everything
As always, make sure to keep detailed, thorough, and accessible records for all people and things associated with the transportation of hazardous materials. Be ready to produce workers’ DOT Hazmat certifications, information on emergency response protocols, and other compliance documents at a moment’s notice.
Your business is subject to many operational, regulatory, and compliance risks. This checklist itemizes some of the documents, training, and procedures that are required by many state and federal agencies. Can you check all the boxes?