U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Special
Programs Administration has issued a final rule requiring
hazmat shippers and carriers (all modes) to develop and implement
security plans and to provide employees security training.
to industry opposition, the agency dropped proposals that
hazmat carriers be required to keep a copy of their current
registration certificates in each vehicle. The agency also
dropped a proposal that shipping papers include names and
addresses of consignors and consignees, along with the DOT
hazmat registration number of the person offering the shipment.
RSPA has given shippers and carriers nine months to come
up with a security plan. The rules are general in nature.
For example, the agency won't require parties to submit their
plans for approval, but it will review shipper and carrier
plans as part of regular agency audits.
it's mandatory for shippers and carriers to "confirm" information
provided by job applicants who handle hazmats, including
history, references and citizenship status.
security plans should cover: prevention of access of hazmat
vehicles or material by unauthorized persons; en route security,
including storage incidental to movement; and a shipper's
security plan, which includes procedures to ensure that the
carriers it selects also have adequate security plans.
parties can assess security risks and planning from a template
provided by the agency at http://hazmat.dot.gov/rmsef.htm.