Hazmat Handled Safely

By Lisa Sursavage

Danger-Hazardous-Materials.pngNo matter what industry you’re in, preparing and shipping hazardous materials is a safety-sensitive, highly regulated responsibility. At Jetco, our team of hazardous material specialists has carefully laid-out guidelines to streamline the process, ensure full compliance with transportation laws and keep your cargo moving safely.

As a Jetco customer, you must follow the regulations just as our team does. It is important that you understand that if the shipment is DOT regulated it must follow all protocols ― the driver must be hazmat endorsed and all paperwork must comply. This is key when you book a hazmat load ― we must be sure we send a qualified driver for the load and that all paperwork is in compliance before transport.

What are Hazardous Materials?
Federal law designates them as any shipments that “pose an unreasonable risk to the public’s health, safety and property when transported in commerce.”

Grades of Hazmat We Transport:
Hazmat that we carry

We do Not haul Class 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 ― Explosives, with mass explosion hazard, explosives with projection hazard, fire hazard with minor blast or projection hazard

We do NOT haul any Class 2 or 6 ― Inhalation Hazards, as defined by the PHMSA Hazardous Material Table.
We do NOT haul Class 4.3 ― Dangerous when Wet.
We do NOT haul Class 5.2 ― Organic Peroxides.
We do NOT haul Class 7 ― Radioactive

An Established Process.
Before a truck is dispatched on a hazmat load, one of our dedicated specialists closely reviews all HAZMAT paperwork, which is supplied by the shipper. Each specialist follows a closely adhered to process, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws so that we can help prevent unforeseen delays. We also prioritize the safety of our customers, drivers and the general public, which is why we refuse to deliver shipments that have incomplete or incorrect paperwork or that are in violation of the law.

Shipper to Provide Placards.
Don’t forget, it is the shipper’s responsibility to provide four placards representing each hazardous material class present to our drivers. Rail requires placards to be placed high, and DOT requires them to be at 2/3 height. Placards can only be removed once trailers or containers have been emptied and there is no residue. As stated by the Code of Feral Regulations, Part 172.506:

(a) Each person offering a motor carrier a hazardous material for transportation be highway shall provide to the motor carrier the required placards for the material being offered proper to or at the same time the material is offered for transportation, unless the carrier’s motor vehicle is already placarded for the material as required by this subpart.

(b) No motor carrier may transport a hazardous material in a motor vehicle, unless the placards required for the hazardous material are affixed thereto as required by this subpart.

Hazmat Checklist

Did You Know?
Intermodal containers apply, too. The same rules and regulations apply to importing hazardous material s as apply to all other loads. Customers must obtain a written shipper’s certification―whether domestic or overseas. Most steamship lines require that you pre-advise HAZMAT loads.

Want to Learn More?
We’re happy to come to you and help teach your team more about transporting hazardous material so that there are no surprises.
Contact us to schedule a Jetco Lunch and Learn!
Kim Light, Director of Customer Engagement
713.678.6415 │

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