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DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation & Motor Carrier Safety: Federal Regulatory Guide

Item Id: MCAO1
DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation and Motor Carrier Safety helps hazardous materials (hazmat) transporters, shippers, and facilities that receive hazardous materials or prepare hazardous materials for shipment ensure that they are in compliance with the complex set of applicable federal DOT hazmat regulations.

This guide to federal motor carrier safety regulations is also designed for use by any carrier that either transports or delivers interstate freight, as well as any company that provides interstate bus service, as well as those engaging in intrastate transport in states that follow federal DOT regulations.

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  • Covers all DOT for federal motor carrier safety regulations requirements in the transport of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes by motor carrier, rail, aircraft, and vessel
  • Provides compliance management and audit inspection checklists for both motor carrier personnel and vehicles
  • Field-tested by STC professionals who are recognized international leaders in environmental health and safety auditing and compliance management
  • Enables experienced auditors to expedite an inquiry and less experienced auditors to review detailed instructions as needed
  • Assists in ensuring compliance and thus avoiding citations and fines
  • Saves time and reduces audit costs

Topic Areas

  • Cargo tank requirements
  • DOT requirements for transport by motor vehicle, vessel, rail, and aircraft
  • Driver qualifications and responsibilities
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Emergency response notification
  • Financial assurance
  • Hazmat training requirements
  • Intermodal transport
  • International shipments to/from Canada and Mexico
  • Labeling and placarding
  • Packaging requirements
  • Recordkeeping
  • Requirements specific to particular hazardous materials
  • Security plans
  • Transport of migrant workers
  • Vehicle inspection, repair, and maintenance


IntroductionCovers applicability of federal motor carrier safety regulations, provides key compliance definitions, and includes reference materials (charts and tables) for each section
Pre-Visit PreparationIdentifies materials to be gathered for review before an audit; includes a list of acronyms and abbreviations
RulebookProvides a statement of each relevant regulatory requirement, supported by detailed guide notes that describe specific inspection procedures and practices to determine compliance with that requirement, as well as typical conditions or situations that could indicate potential compliance problems
ScoresheetEnables quick recording of a facility’s compliance status for each regulatory requirement

Other Formats

Loose-leaf paper format may also be available for some publications. Contact us or call 1-800-251-0381 for inquiries.
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