Whether you are an independent contractor or working for a large trucking company, the Sanitary Transportation Rule requires all covered truckers to have food safety training in order to stay in compliance. Not sure if you qualify? Keep reading for more information.
Will This Affect Me?
If you and the shipper have agreed in writing that you as a carrier are responsible for any level of sanitary or environmental conditions during transportation, you could be required to establish and maintain records showing you, and any staff you employ that have contact with the load, have adequate training under the Food Safety and Modernization Act.
If you are a company driver who carries food items and you haven't heard about FSMA training, it never hurts to ask the company you work for how they want you to handle this requirement.
If you are an independent contractor, you need to do your own research as to whether FSMA will affect you and/or any drivers in your employ. If you are affected, make sure you are meeting the key requirements of the law including maintaining appropriate vehicles temperatures, avoiding contamination, keeping excellent records and seeking the appropriate training for you and any personnel who come into contact with the load.
We Have Free Resources for FSMA
The FSMA training area on our site isn't just for our drivers! If you still need training you can click below to access our free resource. This training module will help you recognize your responsibilities under the Sanitary Transportation Rule, identify common food safety issues as well as how to prevent them, and allow you to print a certificate stating that you completed the course.
Do you have more questions about FSMA and how it might affect you? Let us know in the comments and we will try to address it in a future blog!