Swing Courier With DOT-CDL Haz Endorsement?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Express Courier, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    Was looking at this position. What is that exactly? I know the DOT Physical comes back into play but the CDL-Haz license thing.. Is that something you have to go to dmv for or is it some computer test at the station? I've never paid attention to what those swings are doing I guess lol. Also, aren't there stricter rules on your driving even outside of work? Maybe not, but that's what I thought I remembered.
     
  2. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Yes, you have to go to the DMV for this. You will have to be fingerprinted also. FedEx is supposed to pay the difference between what a regular license costs and this. And yes, there are stricter rules with a CDL.
     
  3. Nolimitz

    Nolimitz Active Member

    cdl-haz is thru the DMV
     
  4. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    Are they going to let me do this dmv stuff on the clock if I were to do this? And are you saying I will have to pay for this CDL-Haz thing and FedEx pays me back? Seems weird.
     
  5. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    I have gotten HAZ endorsements for my CDL in three states, all were computer tests at the DMV. Most states can supply you with the manual to study. The tests are pretty easy if you have read the manuals or have dealt with haz in the workplace. As for outside the workplace, I believe the blood alcohol level for DUI is lower for any level of CDL.
     
  6. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    No. Pretty sure you have to do it on your own time. Yes, you pay for it and get reimbursed.
     
  7. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    I remember feeling like a complete moron taking those haz job aid things we take every so often on the computer in station. That's even with open book. Maybe the haz thing is not for me haha.
     
  8. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    Yes, they will pay you on the clock to take it. They will however tell you to do it on your own time. This is work related so they are supposed to pay you for it.
     
  9. pkg4me

    pkg4me New Member

    You will have a Federal background check....which you will prob need to pay for up front and FedEx will cut you a check but I think it's around 90.00. Keep up with your time and mileage and receipts. If you don't already have your CDL, make sure you practice doing the pre-trip. It's the hardest part.
     
  10. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    You have to do all that just to carry haz once in a blue moon?
     
  11. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    I don't even recall any courier having to carry haz at our station, which is I guess why it seems weird to me.
     
  12. pkg4me

    pkg4me New Member

    Unfortunately yes-If you're a swing it will be required because if you have to placard for yellow 3 radioactive which a lot of hospitals get.
     
  13. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    I don't know what market you are in, but I've worked at numerous stations, and we always had plenty of HAZ. FedEx charges huge money to move some pretty nasty stuff (like Yellow 3 Radioactive), and they have some big accounts. By the way, don't take Radioactive lightly, and if you're in a location where they use film badges, I'd worry. Dangerous to be around.
     
  14. Having a CDL-H is a requirement of being a swing position. If you allow the CDL to expire and you're still a swing, you'll be sent home without pay until the CDL is valid. This happened to 3 swings at my stations this past December.
     
  15. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Depends on the management. I was a swing for a year and my manager knew I didn't have a CDL. It was even a requirement in my offer letter. Nothing happened.
     
  16. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    The pre-trips I have done for years are pretty basic. Give it a general look-over, check tires, fluid, flashers, lights, mirrors and that's about it. What else are they looking for on the pre-trip test? (I guess horn, wipers and stuff like that)

    I've heard you can do the CDL test in your own car if you want. lol I dunno if that's true.
     
  17. whenIgetthere

    whenIgetthere Well-Known Member

    Are you at my station? LOL We had two swings that did that, would have to drop their placardable to other swings.
     
  18. overflowed

    overflowed Well-Known Member

    They divert the hard haz, that's why you never see it. It's treated like plutonium. As it should be treated.