DOT Security Visits

Many of our members have been visited by DOT in recent months for security reviews. DOT is looking to see if you have the four required items completed and in place. These are: risk assessments, written security plan, in-depth training on the written plan, and security awareness training.

Some of our members have been ready, some have not. For those who were not ready and have called me to share the news, the penalties that have been assessed have run between $3,000 and $9,600. In reviewing the recent DOT audits on our members, I don’t find DOT penalizing you for what you have in your risk assessment or your written plan, because there are very few actual requirements of what you have to cover and include. What they are penalizing for is if you don’t have one of the above four required security elements completed and documented.

These four security items are not hard to get done. I have written some Traffic Bulletins on the subject that you will find helpful. They are the June 2003 Security Plans and October 2004 Security Training and Documentation. DOT has a security Web site that has several helpful items. You can get the free security awareness training CD and a detailed guideline on written security plans that also includes the actual questions DOT will ask during the security review. The Web site is at this address: http://hazmat.dot.gov/riskmgmt/ hmt/hmt_security.htm.

If you need a written security plan, please contact me and I can provide you with a sample plan that is easily modified to fit your location needs. A point to remember is that you have to have a written plan for each location, but it can be that same plan if the identified risks are the same.

Have you been to the GAWDA Web site lately? Have you visited the DOT & Security Consultant pages? We maintain a wealth of information on these pages. You get there by placing your cursor over the Members tab, then Consultants, then DOT and Security Consultant. There will be two choices to click on: Cylinder Issues and Security Issues. For Driver/Truck Issues, click on DOT and Security Consultant, and scroll down the list. You will need a user name and password, but that is available to any member and easily obtained either by calling Headquarters or clicking on the link that is front and center on the GAWDA homepage.

While you are looking at the DOT and Security Consultant page, click on the “DOT 10 Questions” link and see how well you do answering the questions. If you can’t answer one or more of the questions, or if you just have a question regarding one of them, please contact me. Remember, your GAWDA membership gives you free access to your consultants, and we love getting questions and being able to help you in any way that we can. I get a lot of contacts each month from the membership, but I’m still amazed at the number of members who have never contacted me for help when there is so much information available that can help you. The service is free with your membership.

Another very valuable service available to GAWDA members is on-site visits. For more information about any of these services, contact me or GAWDA Headquarters.

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Meet the Author
GAWDA DOT & Homeland Security Consultant Michael Dodd is president of MLD Safety Associates in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Members can reach him at (573) 785-5111 and at mldsafety@hotmail.com.