Trucking Industry

USA Assurety Corporation is a national training leader in CDL Aerial Fire-Fighting HAZMAT Chemical training and transportation.  This site provides information about preventing occupational illness and injury in the trucking industry through links to summaries, training presentations, publications and other resources. 

USA Assurety Corporation offers a one-stop location to find applicable Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements related to worker protection.

OSHA regulations govern the safety and health of the workers and the responsibilities of employers to ensure their safety at the warehouse, dock, construction site, and in other places truckers go to deliver and pick up loads throughout the country.  While OSHA does not regulate self-employed truckers, it does regulate workplaces to which the truckers deliver goods and the workers which receive those goods.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards, directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), and whistleblower protection may be applicable to a trucker depending on the location, activity, type of material handled and industry.

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies.  For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA.  However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

Other Federal Agencies

OSHA has jurisdiction over off-highway loading and unloading, such as warehouses, plants, grain handling facilities, retail locations, marine terminals, wharves, piers, and shipyards.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) has jurisdiction over interstate highway driving, Commercial Driving Licensing (CDL), the hours of service and roadworthiness of the vehicles.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has jurisdiction over the natural environment and pollution prevention programs.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates flight crews and some other aspects of the safety of ground crews.  OSHA covers most of the working conditions of ground crews and baggage handlers.  OSHA has jurisdiction unless preempted by another Federal agency such as DOT, EPA or FAA, but OSHA can only be preempted in a specified activity or task.  OSHA has the ultimate responsibility for the safety and health of all employees.

The following is an overview of the regulations, training requirements, and other resources from other federal agencies:

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

Once implemented, the revised standard will improve the quality and consistency of hazard information in the workplace, making it safer for workers by providing easily understandable information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals.  This update will also help reduce trade barriers and result in productivity improvements for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals while providing cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the hazard communication standard.

During the transition period employers may comply with either the HazCom 1994, the Haz Com 2012, or both.   For information on the HazCom 2012, please click on the link located at the top of the page.

The effective dates for the HazCom 2012 can found at:

DOT Hazardous Materials
Recurrent Hazmat Training Online
Hazardous Materials Training

Hazmat employers are required to certify the training of employees who perform functions covered in the Hazardous Materials Regulations.  The instruction contained in this course will help you meet the training requirements of 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H.

Who needs HAZMAT Training?

  1. All employees who handle or ship hazardous material must receive training.
  2. All employees that process hazardous materials paperwork.
  3. Supervisors of Hazardous Materials employees.

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