Why Are DOT Physicals Necessary?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require DOT physicals for safety-sensitive transportation employees. These medical exams ensure truck drivers are in good health and can safely operate a commercial vehicle. Motor carriers must keep up-to-date records of their drivers’ DOT physical exams and test results.  It is important … Continue reading “Why Are DOT Physicals Necessary?”

The Basics of DOT Compliance

Motor carriers must follow regulations from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These guidelines ensure that truck drivers as well as others on the road are as safe as possible. Because there are so many different rules to follow, it can be difficult to keep track. HDS Safety … Continue reading “The Basics of DOT Compliance”

Key Safety Tips for Trucking Companies

Trucking companies must follow strict safety regulations from the DOT (Department of Transportation) and the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). These regulations help keep those working in the trucking industry safe. Additionally, they protect other travelers on the road. It is incredibly important that all motor carriers follow DOT and FMCSA guidelines. Because there … Continue reading “Key Safety Tips for Trucking Companies”

Essential Rules for Hazmat Safety

It’s an employer’s responsibility to identify all potential hazards, and to ensure that the company meets state and federal compliance requirements. Depending on your company and industry, some of those hazards may include hazardous materials. In addition to providing rigorous initial training for employees who will handle hazardous materials, your company can protect your workers … Continue reading “Essential Rules for Hazmat Safety”

A Closer Look at Reasonable Suspicion Training

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires certain supervisors to undergo training in reasonable suspicion. This requirement covers supervisors working in the trucking, airline, transit, railroad, pipeline, hazardous materials, and maintenance of way sectors. Reasonable suspicion training empowers supervisors to make appropriate decisions regarding the drug and alcohol testing of employees. Understanding Reasonable Suspicion Testing Safety-sensitive … Continue reading “A Closer Look at Reasonable Suspicion Training”

Exploring the Problem of Uppers in America’s Workforce

The dangers of stimulants like cocaine and Benzedrine are well-known. But there’s another stimulant that is being widely abused in the U.S.—and it’s legally prescribed to kids and adults. Stimulants prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been more commonly prescribed to adults since 2006, when a scientific study was released regarding the … Continue reading “Exploring the Problem of Uppers in America’s Workforce”

How Does DOT Compliance Consulting Help Your Business?

For companies in the transportation industry, managing DOT compliance is an important part of doing business. However, adhering to demanding standards that frequently change is also time-consuming, and too often, companies find themselves continuously playing catch-up with compliance issues. With the prospect of major fines and disruption to your business for non-compliance, can you really … Continue reading “How Does DOT Compliance Consulting Help Your Business?”

Answering Your ELD FAQs

Electronic logging devices, or ELDs, are designed to replace paper records for hours of service (HOS) and records of duty status (RODS) reports. The devices are more convenient for drivers, and they are also more reliable, which in turn helps prevent situations in which drivers are pressured to drive for more hours than the DOT … Continue reading “Answering Your ELD FAQs”