If you’re the one delivering the hazardous materials, then you have a few responsibilities to follow. The first and most important step is determining if the material you’re transporting meets the definition of hazardous material. The other responsibilities are dependent on this identification.
After you have determined your shipment qualifies as hazardous materials, there are a few other major responsibilities you are going to have to follow. These include:
- Getting your shipping paper
- Installing a placard and marking your vehicle
- Loading and unloading the material
- Blocking and bracing
- Reporting incidents
- Developing a security plan
- Training your employees
Keep in mind this list only includes some of the requirements for carriers and shippers. You can find the rest on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration site. In addition, the cargo space of the vehicle should be suitable for the material being shipped and the shipping vehicle needs to be in good operating condition. Finally, the carrier must check that the material offered by the shipper is properly described and packaged.