Some of you are considering diversification of your business into sectors of trucking you have not previously operated in. I applaud your efforts. I have fielded multiple questions this week concerning two such sectors—HazMat and food transportation.
There are several regulatory requirements unique to these sectors you need to be aware of as follows:
- Drivers must have a HazMat endorsement on their CDL to transport any HazMat load which requires placards.
- Drivers must have regulatory required HazMat training prior to transporting any HazMat loads.
- The motor carrier must be registered with FMCSA as a Hazardous Materials carrier.
- Transportation of certain HazMat loads requires an additional FMCSA HazMat Safety Permit and a written Hazardous Materials Security Plan.
- Drivers pulling any bulk trailers, with a water capacity greater than 119 gallons will need a tank endorsement on their CDL.
- The safe transportation of human and animal food is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Drivers transporting most human and animal food must complete the FDA training module per the Sanitary Transportation Rule.
- Drivers pulling any bulk trailers, with a water capacity greater than 119 gallons will need a tank endorsement on their CDL. This would include milk trailers and any food grade non-HazMat tank trailers.
Please let me know if you have any questions about these requirements or need any additional assistance.