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If you work in transportation, always find ways to improve the speed and efficiency of your shipments. Work on reducing downtime and reducing risks of accidents. Participate in training programs that are industry standards and compliant with state and federal shipping regulations. As you continue this career, expand your skills and knowledge of this industry.
Many shippers do great jobs but have problems only when they get on the road with reckless drivers. Completing a defensive driving class helps them to learn how to avoid accidents and cases of road rage. A minor accident damages your vehicle, increases your auto insurance rates and sets your deadline back by several days. Accident avoidance is the most important way to provide fast, effective deliveries in transportation. There are free defensive driving classes that you can take online with access to interactive simulations and real-life scenarios.
All shippers benefit from training to work faster and more efficiently in making deliveries. The most experienced shippers are encouraged to retrain, even if they believe that they don’t need to make any improvements. DOT Hazmat Shipper Training specializes in teaching the safe transportation of hazardous materials. Shippers learn how to become fully compliant in 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations. The types of hazardous materials include pollutants, gases, explosives, flammable liquids, etc. The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that shippers retake this training every three years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal agency that enacts laws and regulations about workplace safety. OSHA workers have the right to inspect the safety in workplaces and fine businesses that are noncompliant. Since OSHA is an authority on transportation safety, shippers are encouraged to review their transportation rules and recommendations. On the OSHA website, find numerous safe driving guides and links to relevant training programs.
The DOT provides a wide range of safety training and certification programs. After completing the program, transportation workers obtain one or more professional titles, such as Certified Safety Specialist or Certified Highway Traffic Safety Professional. The Transit Safety and Security Program (TSSP) rewards rail and bus transportation workers with the TSSP Certificate of Completion.
There are different types of transportation services that are all regulated by law. Whether you specialize in transporting livestock or hazardous materials, you need access to industry standard training programs that will expand your knowledge in driving and shipping.