Is This A HAZMAT Load

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Villain's Comment
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I am at Awesome Products in West Memphis. My load is 4,416 gallons of ammonia-based cleaner in 1 gallon containers.

Google Search is fighting me. I can't find the right resource. Is this a load requiring HAZMAT Endorsement? I'm still waiting to hear back from FM.

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

Fm:

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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Yep.

Hazardous Material List

Placard No. 1005

Emergency Response Guidebook

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Turtle's Comment
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Simply being " ammonia based" doesn't necessarily require the hazmat endorsement. It would come down to the amount of ammonia actually contained within the product. Amount per unit or bulk amount would be the determining factors, I believe.

Disclaimer: I'm far from knowledgeable enough to give an answer on this.

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

Rob D.'s Comment
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I was too flippant in my initial post.

I have copied an additional link for "Ammonia solution" below:

Hazardous Materials Label

Disclaimer: I am even less of an expert than Turtle.

PJ's Comment
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It may or may not be. The info given here isn’t enough of a description. If it is the shipper is required to have it listed as such on the bol and provide 4 placards. Always ask the shipper for 5. Nice to have an extra just in case.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Villain, it's not your Freight Manager's job to field your calls with questions like this. The shipper will tell you if your load is a Haz-Mat or not, and if it was your freight manager wouldn't have booked you the load if you don't have the endorsement. At least that's been my experience.

The shipper would already have notes available to the broker or trucking company so they can book the load with the proper driver. I've had calls from random dispatchers at Knight asking me to go rescue haz-mat loads before. They were able to do a search for a nearby driver with the haz-mat endorsement. I've always had to refuse them due to the nature and demands of my dedicated account.

Honestly, this is just some simple rookie confusion. In the future, you shouldn't feel like you have to guess whether your load is haz-mat or not, but I sure wouldn't bother my dispatcher with that question. That's something you confirm with the shipper. If for some strange reason it turns out that it is haz-mat, but you don't have the endorsement, that's when you get your dispatcher involved.

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.

Dispatcher:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Any special notes on the BOL identifying it as a HAZMAT cargo?

Did the shipper provide any MSDS paperwork?

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.

Matt M.'s Comment
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I couldn't tell you without shipping papers or inspecting the pallets. If you see a UN listed there it probably is. Almost always shippers will notify you if you are hauling hazmat and provide placards, occasionally they are mistaken however.

We occasionally haul empty totes of a hazmat substance that weigh around 700 lbs apiece when they are empty. The shipper doesn't think it's a placard load when hauling one empty tote due to weight but these totes are bulk packages, so hauling one empty tote is a placard load. You would think they would know that but shipping clerks are human like the rest of us.

I'm sure you figured it out in the last ten hours though.

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.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Yes, there is a designation on the BOL... the very first column should have an "X" in it, and the column header should read "HM" or "Hazmat." The shipper is accountable for knowing if the load is Hazmat or not. My company has sent me to pick up Hazmat loads, where as far as they were concerned I was getting loaded with a Hazmat product, but in fact the load turned out not to be Hazmat. The shipper will know. MSDS paperwork may accompany the paperwork, may not, because if carrying a Hazmat load you need to also have the "ERG Handbook..." That's Emergency Response Guide Handbook. The ERG handbook details how to handle the Hazmat product in the event of an emergency. You also need to have all of the proper & required permits for the states you'll be traveling through. If you don't have any of these you do not transport a Hazmat load.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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Yes, there is a designation on the BOL... the very first column should have an "X" in it, and the column header should read "HM" or "Hazmat." The shipper is accountable for knowing if the load is Hazmat or not. My company has sent me to pick up Hazmat loads, where as far as they were concerned I was getting loaded with a Hazmat product, but in fact the load turned out not to be Hazmat. The shipper will know. MSDS paperwork may accompany the paperwork, may not, because if carrying a Hazmat load you need to also have the "ERG Handbook..." That's Emergency Response Guide Handbook. The ERG handbook details how to handle the Hazmat product in the event of an emergency. You also need to have all of the proper & required permits for the states you'll be traveling through. If you don't have any of these you do not transport a Hazmat load.

I know that.

Wanted to know if it was on his paperwork for his load.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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