Without question, safety is the most important concern in the transportation industry. Accidents in the trucking industry have the potential to cause great damage and result in numerous fatalities, which is why the Department of Transportation (DOT) subjects motor carriers and other companies that perform safety-sensitive duties to rigorous compliance standards. Any company that is not 100% compliant with these regulations may receive hefty fines or be issued an Out of Service order, which essentially means being shut down by the DOT. Fortunately, there are companies that can audit your safety and compliance program to make sure it’s up to par. Here are some of the top reasons to hire an auditing service:
Save Time and Money
Making sure that your safety and compliance program is aligned with DOT rules and regulations can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Depending on the number and scope of non-compliance issues, your company may be subject to heavy fines or even shut down by the DOT. Scheduling an audit is a small price to pay compared to what’s at stake if your company is found to be non-compliant.
Keep Drivers Safe
There’s a reason the DOT is strict about its safety and compliance standards: they help keep drivers safe. Time records, driver logs, vehicle maintenance reports, drug and alcohol testing, and hazmat procedures are just a few of the safety and compliance practices that the DOT has designed to prevent or lower the risk of accidents. By making sure your company is compliant with these measures, you will in turn make sure your drivers (and your business) is safe.
Get Expert Advice
Auditors will provide a full report of their findings which outlines non-compliance issues that were discovered along with recommendations on how to correct them. These recommendations will ultimately improve your safety and compliance program, which is a good thing for your workforce, your company, and for the greater public good.
HDS Safety & Compliance provides on-site audits that can help you avoid the headache of dealing with Federal and State inspectors. In addition to auditing your company’s entire safety and compliance program, we will also provide your drivers with a refresher log training class. HDS also provides nationwide DOT drug and alcohol testing services. To learn more, call us toll-free at (800) 800-7801 or contact us online.