OOIDA offers online training for FDA rule

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | 4/25/2017

In response to the Food and Drug Administration’s rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will offer an online training course. OOIDA’s online course meets all of the training requirements for the rule.

Launching Wednesday, April 26, the course includes a 63-minute training module, a test, a certificate of completion, a card to keep in the truck, and templates of written procedures and checklists for dry van trailers, reefers, flatbeds, liquid bulk tankers and hopper bottoms.

The $100 course is offered to OOIDA members and non-members and can be found here.

Last year, the FDA moved forward on the new regulation that branched off of the Food Safety Modernization Act that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011. The rule established requirements for shippers, loaders, carriers by motor or rail vehicles, and receivers involved in transporting human and animal food.

The FDA mandated compliance for large carriers by April 2017, and small carriers by April 2018. However, the reality is that small carriers won’t have that extra year. Most shippers and brokers don’t plan to offer loads to any carriers, regardless of size, if they’re not meeting the new requirements.

“All carriers that are hauling human or animal food that is not enclosed or is temperature controlled will have to have this training,” said Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation.

“This is an hour-long video that covers the different responsibilities for carriers, loaders and receivers, because our members may be all three. It kind of just depends on the contract they have with shippers and brokers. Some shippers and receivers don’t even allow the driver on the dock, while others require them to do all of the loading and unloading. But this covers all of that.”

After the video, they will take a test with 20 questions. After the test, they will receive a certificate of completion to show they are compliant. The certificate can be received electronically or through the mail.

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