What to Do When the DOT Hazardous Materials Enforcement Inspector Comes Knocking

Duration: 60 Minutes
$175,000 Per Day is the Cost of a Hazardous Material Shipping Violation-Know How to Avoid These Costly Mistakes in 60 minutes! Join this webinar to get insights into what to expect from a hazardous materials inspection and how to make the best of it. Be better prepared to minimize exposure to violations and avoid penalties that can exceed $175,000 per infraction per day.
Hazardous Materials Regulations
Instructor: Michael J. Dudek
Product ID: 501729
Shipping of hazardous materials is risky business and the compliance requirements are even more challenging. Penalties for violation can cost you a whopping $175,000 per infraction per day. The Department of Transportation (DOT) can assess civil penalties of $75,000 for each violation and a maximum civil penalty of $175,000 for a violation that results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person, or substantial destruction of property. It makes all the sense for business to make policies, procedures and risk minimization plans to avoid violations and prepare themselves when a Hazmat inspector comes knocking.

This session will address hazmat penalty mitigation methods and help you avoid future hazmat violations. Learn from an expert who has an extensive experience mitigating penalty actions and implementing corrective actions that regulators take into account when assessing penalties.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • How to prepare in advance of a DOT inspection
  • What to do once the inspector arrives
  • Typical questions asked by inspectors
  • Common violations
  • How to respond to an exit briefing, letter of investigation (LOI) or Notice of Probable Violation (NOPV)
  • How DOT determines the amount of a civil penalty
Why Should you Attend
The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) specify requirements for the safe transportation of hazardous materials in commerce by rail car, aircraft, vessel, and motor vehicle. These comprehensive regulations govern transportation-related activities by offerors (e.g., shippers, brokers, forwarding agents, freight forwarders, and warehousers); carriers (i.e., common, contract, and private); packaging manufacturers, reconditioners, testers, and retesters; and independent inspection agencies.

The HMR apply to each person who performs, or causes to be performed, functions related to the transportation of hazardous materials such as determination of and compliance with, basic conditions for offering; filling packages; marking and labeling packages; preparing shipping papers; handling, loading, securing and segregating packages within a transport vehicle, freight container or cargo hold; and transporting hazardous materials.

An individual who willfully violates a provision of the HMR may be fined, under Title 18 U.S.C., up to $250,000, be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both; a business entity may be fined up to $500,000.

The session will assist you to achieve compliance by implementing an effective compliance program that reduces the risk for frustrated shipments, injuries, lawsuits, penalty actions, negative publicity and incidents. You'll become aware of deficiencies that are the target areas for hazmat enforcement inspectors and know how to address these issues immediately to mitigate risks.

Who will Benefit
  • Transportation and supply chain managers
  • Shipping Professionals
  • Distribution Managers
  • Supply chain analysts
  • Trucking company safety managers
  • Operations management
  • Human resources - transportation industry
  • CEO or Company Executive
  • Compliance & Safety Officer
  • Director of Risk Management
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Regulatory Compliance Agent
  • Warehouse Managers
Topic Background
Any company that ships or carries a hazardous material is subject to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials regulations. A hazardous material is a substance or material that the Secretary of Transportation has determined is capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, or property when transported in commerce, which includes hazardous waste and hazardous substances as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The rules may be enforced by DOT personnel, or by state or local government authorities. The likelihood of an inspection is small, but with the growing number of state and local officials getting involved with enforcement, that likelihood is growing.
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Instructor Profile:
Michael Dudek is an experienced safety and health professional with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. Mike is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor with extensive experience in both General Industry and Construction.

Mike was also an authorized EMS Safety and American Red Cross Lay Responder First Aid, CPR/AED Instructor and has completed numerous OSHA safety training programs including: OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety, 10 Hour General Industry Safety, 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Site Worker Training, OSHA Disaster Site Safety Trainer, Fall Protection Competent Person, and other Educational Training programs in areas of Electrical Safety, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Confined Space Entry, Hazard Communication, Aerial Lift Safety, Rigging/Hoisting, and Ladder Safety.

Prior to his work in the Construction Industry, Mike spent more than 25 years as a Millwright Welder as well as the Skilled Trades Trainer and Rep for General Motors. During his time at GM, he played an integral part in founding the first departmental Safety Committee for his facility.
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