NTTC is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to co-sponsor workshops designed to help cargo tank repair technicians, testers and inspectors comply with federal regulations – whether for a carrier or at a commercial facility.

We are scheduling the following four workshops for 2014:

  • The week of August 11th in Baton Rouge, Louisiana;
  • The week of August 18th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Either the week of September 8th or the week of September 22nd in Long Beach, California; and,
  • November 10-12 in Houston, Texas – in conjunction with Tank Truck Week – at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

We anticipate dates, location and registration information to be available by the first week in July once we conclude the hotel RFP process. 

These two-day workshops run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.  Attendees will receive a 200-page workbook, an NTTC Bulk Hazmat Compliance Guide, and meals (breakfast, lunch, and afternoon breaks) both days.  Certificates of attendance will be issued to those who complete the course.

The workshops are conducted by experienced FMCSA field agents who are active in hazardous material and cargo tank training and enforcement - with special training in the details of cargo tank regulatory requirements.  They use their experience in conducting facility audits to introduce "real world" issues into the workshops.  

Each workshop focuses on compliance with the USDOT’s cargo tank qualification and maintenance regulations found in 49 CFR Parts 107 and 180 and provides analysis of the complex series of federal regulations so carriers and repair facilities may achieve full compliance.  Information will be presented covering all MC and DOT series cargo tanks.

Topics to be covered in the workshop include:

  • Overview of 49 CFR Part 180
  • Special test/inspection conditions
  • External visual inspections
  • Internal visual inspections
  • Pressure tests
  • Leakage tests
  • Thickness tests
  • Lining inspections
  • DOT Interpretations
  • Compliance dates/tank markings
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Cargo tank repair and retrofitting
  • Compliance and enforcement issues
  • Registration procedures for test/inspection facilities
  • History/Background of 49 CFR Parts 107 & 180 (HM-183 and HM-213)
  • Qualifications of Registered Inspectors, Design Certifying Engineers & Authorized Inspectors

 

Please feel free to contact NTTC at (703) 838-1960 or nttcstaff@tanktruck.org with any questions.