Confessions of a Hazmat Nerd

I admit it. I am a hazmat nerd. I’m not sure exactly when I realized it. Maybe it was the first time I recited a section of 49CFR from memory during a class. Maybe it was when I decided to keep a copy of the ERG in my car so I could identify the UN numbers on placarded trucks. Regardless of when it happened, I now embrace my hazmat nerdiness… even my Facebook profile lists my occupation as “Hazmat Nerd”. Obviously, this is a great benefit when I’m on the job. I have a knack for remembering obscure requirements and knowing where to find them in the appropriate regulation. I enjoy hunting down the answer to tough questions or unusual situations. I like having customers who think of me as their go-to source for their questions.

One aspect of being a hazmat nerd is that I am always noticing things that relate to my job, even when I’m not at work (hence the ERG in my glove compartment). There was the time that I was doing some geocaching (my obsession…I mean hobby) in Buffalo. I had parked the car and jumped out to go find a cache. On my way, I had to dodge some large puddles due to a recent downpour. As I approached one of the puddles, I noticed something odd. There was a Flammable Continue Reading…

LARGER trucks???

More than 100 shippers in the US have formed a new pressure group to urge Congress to raise the legal vehicle weight limit on US motorways.

Kraft Foods, MillerCoors and International Paper were among the companies to join the Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP), which called for a change in the law to allow larger vehicles.

"America’s freight transportation infrastructure is on the verge of becoming overwhelmed over the next decade," said CTP co-chair John Runyan. "Freight hauled by trucks in the US is expected to double by 2025, and truck traffic is growing 11 times faster than road capacity. (courtesy International Freighting Weekly)

Even before this economic slump, carriers were looking at ways to reducr their costs in order to get that contract. Now with jobs disappearing, a good number of carriers are forgoing the maintenance so that they get and do the job. Poor maintenance has lead to wheels coming off trucks, loads falling off the truck and accidents.

It’s bad enough when a truck is involved in a collision, now these shippers want BIGGER trucks on the road? If one of these bigger trucks is involved in a collision, will the other vehicle feel like its been hit by a train? And are these shippers advocating that these trucks carry dangerous goods?

How about shippers look at other modes of Continue Reading…