Recent Articles

By Peggy Morrison, 07/01/2020
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has established a COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes with the expectation that all nursing homes are inspected to ensure appropriate infection control practices are in place to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. According to Quality Certification &...
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By Christine Olmsted, 06/30/2020
The energy industry is one of the top 10 industries targeted for cyberattacks. Increased use of automation systems and the migration of sensitive information to the cloud has helped oil and gas companies become more connected and competitive but these new technologies have also opened the door to cyber criminals...
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By Andy Engardio, 06/23/2020
Great news for motor carriers - the FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will be pulling “Not Preventable Crashes” out of your CSA scores! Motor carriers participating in the CPDP will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the...
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By Cathy Knopf BSN, RN, 06/17/2020
After many months of closure, the nation is beginning to open. With this in mind, the Director of Quality, Safety and Oversight Group for CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality issued a memo providing recommendations for state and local officials to utilize while determining the level of mitigation needed...
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By Gina Ekstam, 06/15/2020
As a result of the pandemic, agribusiness operations face additional pressures and are: Rethinking and re-routing product delivery around restrictions Increasing direct or on-farm sales Refocusing resources (e.g., distilleries making hand sanitizer) Adjusting to new rules in order to continue operations...
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By Brock Baldwin, 06/02/2020
Let’s assume you’re a federal contractor and you’ve found the perfect job to bid. You’re capable and competitive so it should be a cake walk. Not so much. The only issue is that the solicitation says that performance and payment bonds will be required. If you’ve never been bonded...
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By Guy Sansom, 05/27/2020
Ever since ship owners first started meeting at Edward Lloyd’s coffee house over 300 years ago, insurance in London, particularly Lloyd’s, has been conducted on a face-to-face basis. In truth, this has provided London underwriters and brokers a distinct advantage. No matter the size or complexity of a...
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By Cathy Knopf, 05/26/2020
The 2020 monthly webinars focus on best practice approaches, regulatory updates, operational and risk management techniques to help senior living communities better care for their residents and staff while protecting their business. We invite you to join our specialists at these upcoming exclusive...
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By Ashley Johnson, Lisa Salter, 05/18/2020
While COVID-19 continues to impact our economy, business income coverage, sometimes referred to as business interruption coverage, has become a widely popular topic in the insurance industry. As many business owners struggle to keep their businesses afloat, several questions have emerged on how insurance policies...
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Under normal circumstances, maintaining appropriate nursing staff levels to deliver quality resident care is a daily struggle. Add in severe weather, flu outbreak or a pandemic and the scales are tipped. Traditionally, senior living healthcare communities shy away from utilizing agency nursing staff due to high...
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The Importance of Hazardous Material Training
04/24/2020

Hazardous material regulations have changed significantly over the past few years. Employers must train new employees on hazardous material within 90 days of hire and conduct a recertification training every three years, or at time of job function change.

Training is a key to preventing, or reducing, hazardous materials (hazmat) incidents in transportation that are caused by human error. The federal hazardous materials transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5101, et seq.) is the statute pertaining to the transportation of hazmat in the United States and requires the training of ALL hazmat employees. The purpose of this training is to increase a hazmat employee’s safety awareness and to be an essential element in reducing hazmat incidents.

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) includes training requirements in several sections of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations. Some of these areas of training are general awareness, safety and security. Receiving the required training enhances employee safety and security and increases employee productivity and skills. Effective training also reduces incidents and accidents thereby reducing operating costs and losses from property damage and increasing profits.

If inspection of your hazardous materials operations discloses violations of the hazardous materials regulations, you may be subject to civil and / or criminal penalties. Fines for violations start at a minimum of $481, if related to training, and can go up to $186,610, for violations resulting in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial property damage.

A record of your current training, inclusive of the preceding three years, shall be created and retained by each hazmat employer for each hazmat employee for as long as that employee is employed by that employer as a hazmat employee and for 90 days thereafter. The record shall include:

  1. The hazmat employee's name
  2. The most recent training completion date of the hazmat employee's training
  3. A description, copy or the location of the training materials used to meet the requirements
  4. The name and address of the person providing training
  5. Certification that the hazmat employee has been trained and tested

The most important reason for hazardous materials and dangerous goods training is to ensure the health and safety of workers, workplaces, properties and the environment. Each hazard comes with its own side effects and damage potential.  To learn more about protecting your employees and trucking operation, contact the AssuredPartners Transportation specialists.