A question from a regular inquisitor regarding the Hazardous Material Regulations (5.17.16):
Question- We generate our own manifest or shipping papers for both hazardous and non hazardous loads.
We produce our own chemicals and ship/carry them to job sites.
That being the case, is the driver/employee required to sign the manifest?
My reply that same day:
Thank you for contacting me. I’ll try to answer your question below:
- A signature or certification is not required from the driver/carrier on a HazMat shipping paper. Your company is the carrier of the HazMat since you transport it in commerce.
- 49 CFR 172.204 requires a signature certification from the shipper of a hazardous material (your company is also the shipper of the HazMat since you offer it for transportation).
- 49 CFR 172.204(b)(1)(ii) includes an exception from the requirement for a shipper certification if the shipper is acting as a private carrier (i.e. transporting its own HazMat) and the HazMat will not be reshipped or transferred to another carrier.
Once again a simple, but important, question is answered and the business of HazMat transportation can continue:
Not included in my correspondence but helpful:
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