A national effort will begin November 1 to reduce the number of incidents involving hazardous chemical spills from trucks. The Chemical Manufacturers Association, American Trucking Associations, and the National Tank Truck Carriers have set up a motor carrier safety survey that will encourage truck companies to keep up safety standards and keep chemical companies informed of the records of the carriers. This national program will augment existing Department of Transportation regulations on transport of chemicals. It is estimated that about 180 million shipments of hazardous chemicals are made each year, almost all without incident. In 1983, DOT received reports of only 4829 spills of hazardous chemicals, and about 80% or more of these were not serious. DOT regulations require that any spill of more than 5 gal be reported. The key element of the program is a detailed, six-page survey that will be filled out by the motor carriers, or, if desired, by an independent third party. It asks for information on company safety policies, driver qualifications and training, the company's emergency response practices, and regular inspection and maintenance program. Shippers also can conduct an independent survey, or audit, of the carrier, a copy of which will be provided to the motor carrier. Carriers will be asked to complete the survey at least every two years, to keep the information current. Copies of the survey can be used by the carrier or shipper. (Author)

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    American Chemical Society

    1155 16th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

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  • Accession Number: 00389585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM