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⚠️ What benefits does Hazmat bring to Dispatchers?

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⚠️ What benefits does Hazmat bring to Dispatchers?
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⚠️ What benefits does Hazmat bring to Dispatchers?

Dispatchers play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation of trucking companies, including those that handle hazardous materials (hazmat). To effectively dispatch hazmat truck drivers, it's important to have a good understanding of their certifications, permits, and requirements. Below is the breakdown of the key information you need to know.
Hazmat Types
Hazmat trucks transport substances that can cause harm to humans, animals, and the environment. Types of Hazmat Freight are:
flammable gases,
poison gases,
oxidizing substances,
combustible liquids or solids,
toxic materials,
corrosive materials,
biohazardous materials,
• and radioactive materials.
What certifications do drivers need to become hazmat truckers?
All truck drivers earn a commercial driver's license (CDL), but hazmat truckers require additional certification. First, hazmat drivers must earn a hazmat endorsement, otherwise known as a code H, before transporting these materials. To earn the certification, truckers complete an application and pass a test.
Note: Code N tanker endorsement is needed for transporting hazmat in tankers. Some hazmat drivers also earn a code X endorsement that provides both the hazmat and tanker certifications in a single test.
What is a hazmat safety permit?
A hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) provides the necessary documentation for drivers to carry hazardous substances. All truck drivers carrying hazardous materials must obtain this safety permit from the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA). Drivers can access the application for these forms through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT requires the HMSP in addition to a hazmat certification.
Requirements to Become a Hazmat Trucker:
1. Hazmat truckers must hold the necessary certifications and permits.
2. They must also have a safe driving record.
3. Some companies may require at least three years of commercial truck driving experience.
4. Having an accident-free record in transporting hazardous freight is often expected.
❗❗ Important: The driver is responsible for checking that the bills are correct and all placards are correct. But it's in the dispatcher's best interest to go over them too. Getting wrong placards may lead to a $10.000 fine per placard.
What do truck drivers think about the Hazmat Certification?
Indeed asked 4,598 job seekers about their Hazmat (H) Endorsement Certification and the results showed that 66% said earning it helped them make more money.
Note: a good place to prepare for the Hazmat certification test is at The Entry-Level Driver Training Course Starts at $25.
What benefits does Hazmat Certification bring to Dispatchers?
According to some brokers:
Hazmat loads can pay an extra 40-50 cents per mile on average.
Some hazmat loads can pay double or triple the standard rate, especially if the load was posted late in the day and the broker is looking for a hazmat carrier ASAP.
• Before 2023, hazmat rates ranged from $2.50-3.50 per mile, while other non-hazmat van rates were around $1-1.40 per mile.
• Hazmat loads can vary depending on the lane but generally pay $300-$1000 more.
We hope this information will be useful to your future hazmat endeavors!

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