Every state has specific and different requirements for Hazmat, CDL, and DOT. It is your responsibility to know the regulations in your state and adhere to all rules and regulations. Many states require a CDL license with Hazmat endorsement to accept and transport hazmat loads over 1001 lbs.
GoShare contracts with Sherwin-Williams and other companies to move hazardous cargo. For this training we will focus on Class 3 paint but the information and links provided relate to any hazardous material.
Paint is a Class 3 hazmat flammable product. Our projects will range in weight from 50# to 25000+#. If the cargo is hazmat, it will be notated on the project. We can move hazmat cargo in any of the GoShare vehicle types. This training covers a very broad understanding of hazmat projects.
All hazmat orders from Sherwin-Williams will have a HAZMAT designation in the Notes section of the project based on the cargo.
Just like any other project, securing your cargo is extremely important for hazmat product. A spill in or outside of your vehicle could result in damage to property or the environment, as well as to your vehicle and cost thousands of dollars.
Any project that is hazardous will have hazmat signage on the product itself. If the cargo is over 1001 pounds, you will need to have placard signage on the outside of your vehicle.
Your safety is a top priority. These are not the only things you should consider when loading or unloading, but just the fundamental start.
Paint is generally in the Class 3 materials for hazmat. In some cases it could be Class 8 hazmat. You can learn more by checking out the Code of Federal Regulations for transporting cargo by public highway.
Proper loading and securing of cargo is important. Review the above link for section 177.834(a) of the HMR. You never want your cargo to shift or potentially break or come out of your vehicle.
It’s obvious but very important. If your cargo shifts or falls over it can cause leaks or spills. Much worse the cargo could fall from the vehicle and cause a crash or damages to property or the environment.
From a financial perspective, you could be issued a citation or fined for any damages and your vehicle could be out of commission until cleaning is performed.
It is up to you as the driver to secure the cargo. Before you start driving, check the cargo and make sure it is strapped down tightly to avoid any occurrences during:
This table indicates how to load two different types of hazmat cargo on the same transport. Look at where the column and row intersect to know if it’s ok to have them both on the same vehicle.
Placards are used to alert public safety personnel of your cargo. Above is the placard for Class 3 hazmat. Paint is in the Class 3 category.
Any shipment over 1001 pounds (including the pallet if used) will require a placard. It is your responsibility as a Delivery Professional to have the placard visible on your vehicle.
The Incident Report will comprise the following information
Driver Accident Report
Location of Incident (cross streets):
Did Incident occur inside vehicle or outside:
If outside did spill occur on roadway, grassland, body of water:
Detailed description of events leading up to the accident, what happened, and any reports from police/fire/safety personnel:
Pictures of the incident (take lots of pics):