Get the FAQs: One of Two Upcoming Can’t Miss (Free) Webinars . . .

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Here are two upcoming Webinars, that may be of interest if you are involved in transportation.

Top Driver Qualification FAQs

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 11 AM EDT Kathy Close & Daren Hansen of J.J. Keller will present a webinar about Top Driver Qualification FAQs.

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. is a privately-held company that was founded in 1953 by John “Jack” Keller. Their mission is to be the first choice for customers looking for assistance in managing risk and regulatory compliance in our primary areas of expertise – Transportation, Industrial/Workplace Safety & Human Resources.

The days of tossing the keys to a new driver and sending them on their way are long gone. Any driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) needs to be qualified and the qualification process documented. These records need to be in a driver qualification (DQ) file. The driver needs to be road tested and a proper background investigation done.

Next week Thursday, join Kathy Close & Daren Hansen as they delve into the some of the top problem areas in qualifying drivers in Top Driver Qualification FAQs.

What to Expect During an FMCSA Compliance Investigation

On Friday, April 15, 2016 at 1:00PM CST, Justin Smoot of Cottingham & Butler will present on What to Expect During an FMCSA Compliance Investigation.

Cottingham & Butler is headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, employs nearly 700 employees nationwide and is the 35th largest insurance broker. Their mission is to PARTNER with their clients, to PROTECT their most valuable assets, and to BUILD an exceptional company of passionate insurance professionals.

Does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) still do compliance audits and investigations? They sure do. A DOT audit may last from hours to even weeks. If you have a DOT number and operate in interstate commerce, under certain circumstances, your company could be subject to a DOT compliance audit or investigation. Some states have adopted these federal rules as well.

Next week Friday, join Justin Smoot for his talk about What to Expect During an FMCSA Compliance Investigation.

There should be a brief Q&A session near the end of these webinars to answer additional questions you might have.

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Dangerous Goods Symposium (DGS XI) – Free Registration Until April 15th

 Dangerous Goods SymposiumLablemaster

Founded in 1967, Lablemaster is a privately held company based in Chicago, IL that offers software, products, and services for compliance with all dangerous goods regulations.

‘Dangerous goods’ are materials or items with hazardous properties, also known as hazardous materials or hazmat.


Every year for the past decade, Labelmaster has sponsored a Dangerous Goods Symposium for instructors and professionals involved in the shipping of Dangerous Goods.

The 11th annual Dangerous Goods Symposium (DGS XI) will be held September 7th – 9th at the new Loews Chicago Hotel on 455 North Park Drive. Normally running around $300 a night, mention Code ALC906 to secure the group rate of $199/night, if you stay at Loews.

This Dangerous Goods Symposium is for anyone involved in the training, transporting or handling of Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials.

Registration  for the 11th annual Dangerous Goods Symposium is free until April 15th.  Topics will cover topics as Dangerous Goods 101, to training best-practices to the latest lithium battery regulations, as well as updates in the ever moving world of Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials.

Register here: DG Symposium Registration.

Each person attending needs to register separately.

If you are involved in involved in the training, transporting, or handling of Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials, want to learn more or want to build your industry network, then don’t miss the the 11th annual Dangerous Goods Symposium.

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Updates From Some Recordkeeping Webinars



Here are a few highlights of some Recordkeeping Webinars I attended this week.

The first was a HNI U webinar,Your Critical Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping, on completing the OSHA 300 log and OSHA form 300A, hosted by Mr. Kyle Meinert.

One key thing every employer, especially smaller trucking companies, should know is that even though a company may be exempt from filing these OSHA forms, starting in 2015, employers are still required to report directly to OSHA:

  • All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees
  • All work-related amputations
  • All work-related losses of an eye

There was a lot of other useful OSHA information covered in this webinar. Employers may access the webinar for free at HNI U by registering. I recommend you to do so.

The second webinar I attended was JJ Keller’s Recordkeeping & Audits: Dotting all the i’s for the DOT,  by Darin Hansen and Heather Ness.

Some “Recordkeeping” Notes:

Recordkeeping is a means of verifying compliance. Amen.

Get the driver’s MVR before they start driving. And after each and every DOT medical exam thereafter.

Be advised: There are new medical forms as of April 20, 2016. Be ready.

If you do the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), a new consent form must be kept on file as of February 1, 2016. Prepare accordingly.

Document why any post-accident drug screens were not done. Keep documentation for Reasonable Suspicion testing, as well as any proofs for required training.

Supporting documentation for Hours of Service must be in a “usable format.”

. . . if the motor carrier receives in the ordinary course of business electronic or printed reports or other communications in which the data is converted to a more readable or usable format, the motor carrier must retain such reports or communications and provide them to investigators upon demand. Federal Register/Vol. 75, No. 111

JJ Keller recommends time cards (exemption sheets) be kept in the vehicle when the driver is driving (even if not required to do so).

Keep copies of any official reports for the DOT accident register.


Keep your fleet distant data— fleet MPG, total distance by each jurisdiction (state/province).

Keep track of all mileage for FTA/IRP, including deadhead (empty) and personal conveyance (personal use by the driver — like going to a restaurant).

Keep fuel receipts, Make sure fuel receipts show proper information. Make sure drivers enter proper information when fueling. Avoid writing on the fuel receipt (its considered “altered”). Keep records for 3 years after close of the year.

Look for gap miles: starting and ending mileage don’t match on your records.

Recordkeeping is your prime defense to show compliance in case of litigation.

This Webinar was one of JJ Keller’s best.

These are a few highlights of my jottings from this week. Both Webinars were fast paced and chock full of information.

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Free Idealease Safety Seminar —Registration is Open


Idealease offers a free one-day Idealsafe Safety Seminar, co-sponsored by the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), to all customers and prospects.


  • 10/7/15 Erie, PA
  • 10/13/15 Toledo, OH
  • 10/14/15 Grand Rapids, MI
  • 10/14/15 Charlotte, NC
  • 10/20/15 Las Vegas, NV
  • 10/21/15 Los Angeles, CA
  • 10/22/15 San Martin, CA

This year’s seminars will focus on basic safety and compliance, regulation changes and of course, CSA. 

For more information, click here.

To register, click here.

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