Hazmat Endorsement Reward VS Risks

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Chris Z.'s Comment
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Hey guys, I was wondering if you all think that it is worth it to get the Hazmat Endorsement. I mean, is the reward worth the risks?

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

PJ's Comment
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Depends on what your pulling and where to a large degree. When I pulled a box in the south and in Mo it was much essier to get a load of hazmat. Now that I pull a tank it's pretty much my life. With a x endorsement and twic card you give yourself more options to reload. Alot of companies pulling boxs liad out totes so you need the tanker as well.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Scott M's Comment
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Hey guys, I was wondering if you all think that it is worth it to get the Hazmat Endorsement. I mean, is the reward worth the risks?

Chris Z- most of the larger companies require it. It can get you more miles with the flexibility of having it.

'Reward worth the risks'? I've been on this forum for the past 8 months. There has been one video posted:

There was a man driving a fuel tanker that was following too close in heavy traffic, he quickly served, rolled, exploded and was killed. There were a lot of posts. Some said he was a hero because he served to the right, probably shoulder and avoided crashing into and killing the 4 wheelers. But it was pointed out that his mistake was following way too close with a terribly dangerous load. Second mistake, which he had to do to save multiple 4 wheelers, was the quick swerve. You NEVER do that with a tanker because of the surge.

I am not putting this driver down. I believe I have got all the facts correct so that we can all learn. I do respect this driver because he tried to do right, and did not crash into vehicles.

It would be good for you to see video.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's certainly worth it.

The overwhelming majority of the hazardous materials you'll haul aren't very hazardous. Things like house paint or car batteries and things of that nature. The really dangerous stuff is mostly handled by specialized carriers or specialized divisions within carriers.

So there really isn't much in the way of risk getting your Hazmat endorsement. And it will give you more flexibility when it comes to being hired by certain companies or being assigned freight at companies that haul it so it's well worth getting.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Steve_HBG's Comment
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Brett wrote:

So there really isn't much in the way of risk getting your Hazmat endorsement. And it will give you more flexibility when it comes to being hired by certain companies or being assigned freight at companies that haul it so it's well worth getting.

Is it not true, though, that anyone seeking a Hazmat Endorsement needs the CDL License, first? I know in Pennsylvania that anyone seeking the CDL Endorsement needs to have a CDL License before the endorsement. I only know this because I tried and failed to get the endorsement added to my CDL Class A Permit. The "Administrator" at the DMV in Harrisburg, PA told me that I needed to have my CDL first.

So, once a Driver has the CDL License, going through the process of obtaining the Hazmat Endorsement is definitely an investment with huge rewards in both the short and long run.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Is it not true, though, that anyone seeking a Hazmat Endorsement needs the CDL License, first?

Yes, that's true in most states simply because they don't want anyone hauling hazardous materials with only a permit.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Chris Z.'s Comment
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Hey guys, thanks for the insight. Now I know that me studying for the Tanker and Hazmat endorsements isn't a joke or done in vain.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Steve L.'s Comment
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Hey guys, I was wondering if you all think that it is worth it to get the Hazmat Endorsement. I mean, is the reward worth the risks?

Also, while company practices will vary, Schneider requires a call to the hazmat line when I pick up a hazmat coded load. They literally walk me through verifying all required info on the Bill of Lading and tell me which placards are needed, which the shipper provides.

Sometimes I'll get assigned a hazmat load that we learn doesn't require placards. But because I have the endorsement I keep rolling while some drivers are waiting for an assignment.

In my opinion the only risk is trip planning, which Schneider has in the navigation system for hazmat route.

I hope this puts your mind at ease.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Phil C.'s Comment
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Definitely a good thing to have if you can muster it. I got mine after I did my road tests and when I went to get the CDL , I had to have my paper approving my background check and got my CDL and all endorsements possible except passenger, so you can get it all at the same time just have the ducks in a row.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Keys man's Comment
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We haul mainly groceries but are required to have hazmat. I delivered a load this week that included 60 cases of comet cleanser (1200 lbs) that had to be placarded. I got every endorsement with my license including twic and a passport because even if the job does not require it those extra endorsements may get you the job over someone with just the bare minimum.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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