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9.6.10 – Where to Keep Shipping Papers and Emergency Response Information

Do not accept a hazardous materials shipment without a properly prepared shipping paper. A shipping paper for hazardous materials must always be easily recognized. Other people must be able to find it quickly after a crash.

  • Clearly distinguish hazardous materials shipping papers from others by tabbing them or keeping them on top of the stack of papers.
  • When you are behind the wheel, keep shipping papers within your reach (with your seat belt on) or in a pouch on the driver's door. They must be easily seen by someone entering the cab.
  • When not behind the wheel, leave shipping papers in the driver's door pouch or on the driver's seat.
  • Emergency response information must be kept in the same location as the shipping paper.

Papers for Division 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 Explosives. A carrier must give each driver transporting Division 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 explosives a copy of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), Part 397. The carrier must also give written instructions on what to do if delayed or in an accident. The written instructions must include:

  • Names and telephone numbers of people to contact (including carrier agents or shippers).
  • Nature of the explosives transported.
  • Precautions to take in emergencies, such as fires, accidents or leaks.

Drivers must sign a receipt for these documents. You must be familiar with and have in your possession while driving, the:

  • Shipping papers.
  • Written emergency instructions.
  • Written route plan.
  • A copy of FMCSR, Part 397.

9.6.11 – Equipment for Chlorine

A driver transporting chlorine in cargo tanks must have an approved gas mask in the vehicle. The driver must also have an emergency kit for controlling leaks in the dome cover plate fittings on the cargo tank.

9.6.12 – Stop Before Railroad Crossings

Stop before a railroad crossing if your vehicle:

  • Is placarded.
  • Carries any amount of chlorine.
  • Has cargo tanks, whether loaded or empty, used for hazardous materials.

You must stop 15 to 50 feet before the nearest rail. Proceed only when you are sure no train is coming and you can clear the tracks without stopping. Do not shift gears while crossing the tracks.

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Which of the following ARE NOT true about crossing railroad tracks with hazardous materials?

  • You must stop before railroad tracks if your vehicle has cargo tanks, whether loaded or empty, used for hazardous materials
  • You must avoid all railroad crossings if you're carrying hazardous materials
  • Do not shift gears while crossing railroad tracks
  • You must stop 15 to 50 feet before the nearest rail

Stop before a railroad crossing if your vehicle:

  • Is placarded.
  • Carries any amount of chlorine.
  • Has cargo tanks, whether loaded or empty, used for hazardous materials.

You must stop 15 to 50 feet before the nearest rail. Proceed only when you are sure no train is coming and you can clear the tracks without stopping. Do not shift gears while crossing the tracks.

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You must stop for all railroad crossings EXCEPT when:

  • Your vehicle is placarded
  • Your vehicle carries less than a reportable quantity of hazardous materials
  • Your vehicle carries any amount of chlorine
  • Your vehicle has cargo tanks, whether loaded or empty, used for hazardous materials

Stop before a railroad crossing if your vehicle:

  • Is placarded.
  • Carries any amount of chlorine.
  • Has cargo tanks, whether loaded or empty, used for hazardous materials.

You must stop 15 to 50 feet before the nearest rail. Proceed only when you are sure no train is coming and you can clear the tracks without stopping. Do not shift gears while crossing the tracks.

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Which of the following is NOT true about shipping papers and emergency response information when hauling a placarded load?

  • If you leave your vehicle, place the shipping papers in the trailer so emergency response personnel know what materials you are carrying
  • Emergency response information must be kept in the same location as the shipping paper.
  • When not behind the wheel, leave shipping papers in the driver's door pouch or on the driver's seat.
  • When you are behind the wheel, keep shipping papers within your reach (with your seat belt on) or in a pouch on the driver's door. They must be easily seen by someone entering the cab.

Do not accept a hazardous materials shipment without a properly prepared shipping paper. A shipping paper for hazardous materials must always be easily recognized. Other people must be able to find it quickly after a crash.

  • Clearly distinguish hazardous materials shipping papers from others by tabbing them or keeping them on top of the stack of papers.
  • When you are behind the wheel, keep shipping papers within your reach (with your seat belt on) or in a pouch on the driver's door. They must be easily seen by someone entering the cab.
  • When not behind the wheel, leave shipping papers in the driver's door pouch or on the driver's seat.
  • Emergency response information must be kept in the same location as the shipping paper.
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