Safety and Security
HazMat Environmental Group, Inc. provides a comprehensive training program for all drivers. This program includes training in the proper operation of motor vehicles and equipment, usage of respirators and personal protective equipment, emergency response procedures, bonding and grounding, and applicable federal and state regulatory requirements. Each training program is reviewed and updated as regulations and requirements change. The program(s) meet or exceed all DOT, EPA, OSHA and state training requirements.
New drivers receive 80 hours of classroom and on-the-job training under the direct supervision of an experienced driver trainer and HazMat’s Compliance and Safety Managers. All drivers receive an 8-hour DOT classroom-training program and an 8-hour OSHA training program annually.
Each driver possesses all the necessary documentation, the required permits, and authorities for all areas of operation. All drivers carry a HazMat Driver’s Manual, which contains proof of insurance, copies of all required permits, and HazMat’s Highway Spill Contingency Plan. This plan provides the framework for reporting spills, arranging for cleanup, obtaining technical assistance, and the filing of reports as required by the appropriate federal and state regulatory agencies.
Routing Control Satellite
Because HazMat Environmental Group's corporate policy is not to employ owner operators or sub-contractors, we are able to control the routing of our trucks. All equipment is company owned, driven by HazMat employees and HazMat's trucks are equipped with on-board satellite communication systems enabling us to know the exact location of all equipment at any time. To ensure uninterrupted communications and positioning of all equipment in the event of a power outage, HazMat's corporate headquarters and maintenance facility is equipped with a 180 KWH backup generator.
Identification (Photo, Uniform, Paperwork)
All drivers possess a company photo ID badge. Drivers are also donned in uniform shirts with the company logo and personal name embroidered. The drivers' paperwork, which is pre-printed with HazMat's name and address, is another means of linking the driver to HazMat.
HazMat Environmental Group, Inc. requires all driver applicants to complete an application for employment and at a minimum, possess the following:
- Be at least 23 years of age
- Possess a valid, current driver's license for the class vehicle he/she is to operate
- Have a minimum of three (3) years verifiable experience operating the class and type of vehicle he/she is to drive
- Tanker and Hazmat Endorsements
- Credentials to enter Canada
- No clinical diagnosis of alcoholism or drug addiction
- No facial hair to interfere with respirator seal
- No DUI or DWI convictions in previous 10 years
- Pre-employment screen(PSP) - review of CSA score
- No more than 1 preventable DOT accidents in previous 5 years
- Maximum of 2 moving violations in previous 3 years, but zero serious violations within 5 years(as defined by FMCSA)
MVR CDL Interview Screening
The applicant's state driving record (MVR) is obtained and reviewed by the Safety and Compliance Department and an updated record is acquired and reviewed annually. Qualified applicants meeting the minimum requirement standards are interviewed initially by the Safety and Compliance Department and, if approved at this stage, by members of HazMat's training team. The Interview is designed to review the information offered on the employment application and to gain insight into the personal attributes of the prospective employee.
Criminal Background Checks
All newly hired drivers are subject to a criminal background check.
Verifiable Employment Road Test
All applicants' previous 10-years employment is verified by the Safety and Compliance Department. All applicants are subject to a road test conducted in the class vehicle for which he/she is being considered and the course taken includes both interstate and city routes.
Physicals Drug Screen
Following a decision to hire an applicant, arrangements are made for the applicant's DOT physical and job capabilities examinations which include drug testing, back questionnaire and PFT test.
HazMat has the proper identification documentation (including I-9 forms) for all current employees. I-9 forms verify employment eligibility including verification of citizenship and establishment of identity.
In addition to the above, all drivers are issued glad hand locks to secure trailers whenever they are parked. Both Buffalo and Newtown terminals are secured by chain link fence with electronic gates accessible only to HazMat personnel. This ensures the facilities' security 24 hours a day.
All HazMat drivers have been instructed via the satellite communication system to lock and secure all equipment and they are not to discuss their cargo on CB radios, in truck stops, or at rest areas. Whenever possible, drivers are to go directly to pickup/delivery locations making as few stops as necessary. When parking, drivers are to be aware of their surroundings and report any unusual activities immediately.
Drivers' pictures are taken with a digital camera and can be forwarded electronically for identification purposes if needed.
(HazMat's USDOT# 255684)