Written on: May 31, 2022
By Jerry Schimmel
In the propane business, there are a lot of requirements to keep up with. Having a written DOT security plan is one that you can meet easily by following the right steps. The safety experts at P3 Propane Safety are here to answer common questions about DOT security plans to help propane companies make sure they are meeting the proper requirements.
Answers to Your Questions about DOT Security Plans
Q: What is a DOT security plan?
A: A DOT security plan is a written document that outlines what steps should be taken in the event of a security breach. It identifies relevant scenarios and serves as a guiding document to train employees so that they are prepared to take action. A DOT security plan will also help your company evaluate security risks and prevent unauthorized access.
Q: Are all propane companies required to have a DOT security plan?
A: According to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR 172.802), companies that operate propane cargo tank motor vehicles with a water capacity greater than 792 gallons (like a bobtail) must have a written security plan to meet specific DOT regulations. Most propane companies fall under this category and therefore, are required to have a written security plan.
Q: What are the training requirements for DOT security plans?
A: All employees who perform tasks subject to hazardous materials regulations are required to complete DOT hazmat training. This includes customer service representatives, delivery drivers, and service technicians.
Q: Is training for DOT security plans a one-time thing?
A: No, DOT security plan training must be completed at least every three years or within 90 days after any revisions are made to your plan.
Q: I have a written DOT security plan, so am I all set?
A: Nice job! Having a written DOT security plan in place is the first step in meeting your requirement. However, DOT security plans must be reviewed at least once a year and should be revised and/or updated as necessary to reflect changing circumstances at your company.
Q: I’m unsure if our company has a DOT security plan, and if we do have one, I’m not sure when it was last updated, what do I need to do?
A: Contact the experts at P3 Propane Safety and we can help you out. We can determine if your current DOT security plan needs updating, or if you need one built for your company. Our team can also conduct required training with your employees.
Contact P3 Propane for Assistance Meeting DOT Requirements
Having a written plan is crucial to meeting important DOT requirements. Your security plan will help to promote a safe work environment, avoid costly fines, and protect your company from risk or litigation.
Jerry Schimmel is vice president at P3 Propane Safety, providing compliance and risk management technology for the propane industry. He can be reached at email@example.com or 401-481-2281.