Additional information required for certain types of dangerous goods. Shipments requiring an ERAP (emergency response assistance plan). The driver should only accept a shipment when the document is complete and correct. From then on, the paperwork has to be kept handy, because it contains important information about the dangerous goods, which police or firefighters will need in an emergency situation.
The shipping documents should always be within reach when the driver is in the truck. When the driver leaves the cab, the documents must be left on the driver’s seat, in a pocket on the driver’s door or in an obvious place inside the cab. If the driver leaves the truck in a supervised area, a copy of the shipping document stays with the person in charge.
If the trailer is detached from the tractor or the dangerous goods are unloaded and left in an unsupervised area, the shipping document is put in a waterproof holder where it can be found easily.
When the driver transfers the shipment, he gives the next carrier a copy of the shipping document. The receiver, or consignee, gets a document that at least identifies the dangerous goods, even if it’s not a complete shipping document.
Just so you know, shippers and carriers are required to keep their copies of dangerous goods shipping documents on file for two years.
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