3 Hazmat Questions

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Bj H.'s Comment
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I just read a few chapters in the High Road on Hazmat and it seems a lot more technical. 1. Did any of you have problems taking the Hazmat test?

2. Do any of you have any interesting (bad/good) stories about driving a Hazmat truck?

3. Any advice for the Hazmat test or any advice for driving with them?

(Bonus question!) 4. What's the most dangerous material you have drove with and did everything work out all right?

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

Mousemaker's Comment
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(Bonus question!) 4. What's the most dangerous material you have drove with and did everything work out all right?

I haven't started driving yet, but I know of a guy who was hauling contaminated deisel fuel from the backup generators at the nuclear plant. It was a stormy night and the tank got hit by lightning and ruptured it. The electrified radioactive deisel fuel got spewed all over him and he felt changed.

now he is known as SUPERTRUCKERrofl-1.gif

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I just started driving Tankers for Schneider Bulk. I had 2 HazMat loads during the past 2 weeks, which was my on the road training. One was some plasticizer and one was some water treatment chemical. Was not very different than the non-hazmat loads I did. Just use your common sense. Keep your gloves on, face shield down, long sleeve pants/shirt, and so on.

If you are a detail oriented and careful person (and have some common sense) then HazMat should not be any different than any other load.

I know Schneider Bulk hauls a few different types of industrial acids, but drivers need a year of experience and some additional training before they can haul those loads.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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If you work your way through our Hazmat Training Section of the High Road Training Program you won't have any problems passing the written exam. It's probably one of the tougher written exams you'll take, but it won't be a problem for you.

Most companies haul at least some Hazmat loads from time to time to keep enough freight in the system and keep their trucks busy. It's a bit of a pain with the placards and additional paperwork and scrutiny you get from the DOT , but usually it's no big deal. You won't be asked to haul anything that's seriously dangerous like radioactive or explosives when working for your standard trucking company. Those extremely dangerous substances are handled by specialized companies. What you would wind up hauling would be things like industrial glue, house paint, charcoal, and things of that nature. Generally flammables and inhalation hazards.

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

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jerry Escondido's Comment
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Hello one and all, I am so confused and damn near frantic. I have looked for the answer to this concern every where and can't find any. Then it dawns on me, why not ask the people that deal with this everyday. OK here is my concern: History, I got a copy of my CA DMV MVR from the CA DMV. All clear, all clean, all good. On 11/16/15 I took and passed my HAZMAT endorsement exam. Missed two, so no, I am not perfect. On 11/18/15 I met with TSA Agent and submitted my finger prints. I then had to answer questions like; Question: Have I ever planned to blow up a government establishment? Answer: Not before Obama became president. JUST KIDDING. Guess what, TSA agents have no sense of humor. On 11/19/15, I apply for a driving position. The trucking firm requested a copy of my California DMV MVR. When they received the printout, at the bottom, was printed the following: COMMERCIAL LICENSE STATUS: VALID* LICENSE STATUS " VALID* WITHHELD BY DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES* DEPARTMENTAL ACTIONS: NONE* CONVICTIONS: NONE* DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA WHY MY LICENSE NOW HAS THE ABOVE "WITHHELD.." LINE? IT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE I TOOK THE HAZMAT EXAM. I would appreciate any input. Thanks

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

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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