DOT & Security Risk

Risk! I don’t have to explain the concept of risk to any of our member company owners; they deal with it every day because they are in business. What I do need to talk about is how to reduce that risk in the area that I deal with, DOT & Homeland Security.

This spring, we completed the 2007 GAWDA University Compliance Seminar in Indianapolis and had another record attendance. There were over 70 people in my DOT & Security class alone. That is a great way to help a company to manage its compliance risk—getting someone in your company trained and involved in the different compliance issues that a company faces today.

GAWDA has a lot of ways to help members with compliance. The best way is to contact the appropriate GAWDA consultant. Your membership gives you free access by phone or e-mail to ask any questions you may have. Once we are contacted, we can quickly give you an answer and provide you with many materials on just about any subject you can think of.

The GAWDA Web site is another great place to get help. We have archived over eight years’ worth of compliance materials on the consultants pages. Just go to and look under the “Members Only” tab, and then under “Consultants.” You will need an ID and password to access the secure area, but that is available by asking Headquarters via e-mail or calling them at (215) 564-3484. While you are asking for your ID and password, be sure to ask to be placed on the Safety Organizer mailing list, which will have all the monthly consultant articles coming right to your e-mail inbox each month.

We also have the industry-focused GAWDA Compliance Manuals on the same Web site. You sign up with a very reasonable annual fee and everyone in your company gets access. The consultants keep these online manuals up-to-date, and they are word searchable. In the DOT area, we also have a GAWDA Driver Training Manual that makes an excellent driver safety meeting training tool. If you do one of the six chapters every two months, you will have your drivers trained in one year with simple safety meetings. The manual has a test with each chapter.

Are you ready for an audit? Don’t keep putting your head in the sand hoping that it will go away. It won’t. Still hoping that you won’t be noticed? You will. Remember, you are carrying hazardous materials, which are high-profile items. Have a serious accident, and you will be investigated.

Sleep factor—you know what that is. Everyone wants to sleep better at night, knowing that they are properly managing their company risks. No matter how out of compliance you may be, getting back on track is really a lot easier than you think. Call your consultants for help and get started.

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