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Hazardous Materials Transportation – Who Does What

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9.2.1 – The Shipper

  • Sends products from one place to another by truck, rail, vessel, or airplane.
  • Uses the hazardous materials regulations to determine the product’s:
  • Identification number.
  • Proper shipping name.
  • Hazard class.
  • Packing group.
  • Correct packaging.
  • Correct label and markings.
  • Correct placards.
  • Must package, mark, and label the materials; prepare shipping papers; provide emergency response information; and supply placards.
  • Certify on the shipping paper that the shipment has been prepared according to the rules (unless you are pulling cargo tanks supplied by you or your employer).

9.2.2 – The Carrier

  • Takes the shipment from the shipper to its destination.
  • Prior to transportation, checks that the shipper correctly described, marked, labeled, and otherwise prepared the shipment for transportation.
  • Refuses improper shipments.
  • Reports accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials to the proper government agency.

9.2.3 – The Driver

  • Makes sure the shipper has identified, marked, and labeled the hazardous materials properly.
  • Refuses leaking packages and shipments.
  • Placards vehicle when loading, if required.
  • Safely transports the shipment without delay.
  • Follows all special rules about transporting hazardous materials.
  • Keeps hazardous materials shipping papers and emergency response information in the proper place.