The Truth About Hauling Hazmat.

Hauling Hazardous Materials? Here’s What You Need to Know

There are several regulations and precautions you should be aware of to ensure safety and compliance.

1. PHMSA Registration:

  • You need a registration number with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
  • This permit needs annual updates or renewals and can be obtained at PHMSA’s portal.

2. State Permits:

  • Some states, like Colorado, may require additional permits for transporting hazardous materials.

3. Class 9 Materials:

  • Currently, if you’re only transporting Class 9 hazardous materials, these requirements may not apply, but regulations can change.

4. Essential Equipment:

  • Ensure your truck has the following:
    • Emergency Response Guide (ERG): Accessible from the driver’s side door.
    • Bigger Fire Extinguisher: Check FMCSRs for size and rating requirements.
    • SD Sheet: Safety Datasheet for the materials being hauled.
    • Emergency Contacts: Have an emergency contact information sheet in your truck.

5. Placards:

  • All vehicles transporting Hazmats must display placards on all four sides to inform emergency responders.

6. Shipping Documents:

  • Maintain accurate shipping documents, especially for Hazmat loads, tracking pickups, and drop-offs.

7. HazMat Training:

  • All employees working with hazardous materials should receive HazMat awareness training every three years.
  • New hires should undergo initial training to understand company procedures and expectations regarding Hazmat.

8. Site Security Plans:

  • Implement site security plans, especially if hazardous materials are stored on your premises.
  • Clearly outline safety measures during transportation and at your facility.Ready to explore more about this topics? Click here to dive deeper and drive your knowledge to new heights!

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