Any company handling or shipping hazardous materials must be aware of the nature of the hazardous materials and the steps that should be taken to transport them in the safest possible manner. The risks involved in not knowing can impact the shipper, carrier, truck owner-operators and drivers, and the general public.

When evaluating which hazmat carrier to work with, shippers should verify whether the carrier is:

  • Registered and permitted to transport hazmat
  • Financially stable
  • Properly insured with appropriate levels and coverages applicable to hazmat transportation

And, look into whether the hazmat carrier has:

  • An understanding of which classes of hazmat they are able to transport
  • Dedicated and experienced personnel to monitor regulatory changes and assist a shipper with hazmat questions
  • The ability and willingness to review and understand a shipper’s product, shipping papers, applicable placarding and first-responder requirements
  • Capacity management capabilities to ensure compatibility between shipper, commodity and capacity.

Do not risk your company’s reputation by choosing a carrier that is not qualified to transport hazmat materials. Safety should always come first.

The Landstar Advantage

While many general commodity carriers have moved away from hauling hazmat for insurance and regulatory reasons, Landstar has moved towards it. All of the owner-operators leased to Landstar are required to obtain and maintain hazmat certification. Landstar enforces stringent compliance requirements that go beyond what state and federal laws require. Owner-operators also have a responsibility to validate that the hazmat shipment they are transporting is compliant.

Customers, carriers and truck operators working together as one team with a clear understanding of the requirements that come with transporting hazmat shipments can ensure that hazardous materials are transported safely and compliantly.

Call 877-696-4507 to request more information on any Landstar service.