Business Diversification Ideas

Posted March 27, 2020 by Erin in Featured, News, Risk Management, Transportation | 0 comments

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:

HazMat Transportation

  1. Drivers must have a HazMat endorsement on their CDL to transport any HazMat load which requires placards.
  2. Drivers must have regulatory required HazMat training prior to transporting any HazMat loads.
  3. The motor carrier must be registered with FMCSA as a Hazardous Materials carrier.
  4. Transportation of certain HazMat loads requires an additional FMCSA HazMat Safety Permit and a written Hazardous Materials Security Plan.
  5. Drivers pulling any bulk trailers, with a water capacity greater than 119 gallons will need a tank endorsement on their CDL.

Food Transportation

  1. The safe transportation of human and animal food is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  2. Drivers transporting most human and animal food must complete the FDA training module per the Sanitary Transportation Rule.
  3. 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.

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