Hazardous materials–you need them for your business–but you must be vigilant about shipping them.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is concerned about the misuse, sabotage and diversion of hazardous materials during transportation. DOT has stepped up their regulations since 9/11. To protect public health, the DOT requires hazardous shippers to have DOT security plans if they have hazardous materials in bulk quantities.

What is a DOT Security Plan?
It’s a written plan to ensure the safe delivery of hazardous materials. It should include the potential risks of transporting the hazardous materials and how you plan to address those risks. The DOT is also looking for information on the following in your plan:
• Personnel security
• Unauthorized access
• En route security
• Name/job title of senior official responsible for developing/implementing the security plan
• Specific security duties for each position/department responsible for implementing the plan
• Training plan.

Does Your Facility Need One?
It’s time to comply if you offer transportation or transport the following types or quantities of hazmat:

  • “Large Bulk Quantity” – greater than 3,000 kg (solids) or 3,000 Liters (liquids)
    • Divisions: 2.1 material, 2.2 with a subsidiary hazard of 5.1, Class 3 material (PG: I or II), 4.2 (PG: I or II), 5.1 (PG: I or II), 6.1 material, Class 8 material (PG: I)
  • Any Quantity of:
    • Division: 1.1 – 1.6, material poisonous by inhalation, desensitized explosive meeting 4.1 or Class 3, 4.3, organic peroxide (type B), uranium hexafluoride

Ensure you’re following the DOT’s rules for security plans with Safex. We can help you:

• Write a security plan (and remember it should be reviewed annually)
• Train your employees every three years (and new employees within the first 90 days).