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Securing DOT security plans

November 24, 2021 By    

In the propane business, there are many requirements to track. A written Department of Transportation (DOT) security plan is one that you can meet easily by following the right steps.

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 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 as well as in-depth written security plan training. Any employee who is responsible for implementing any part of the security plan must also receive training, including customer service representatives, delivery drivers, service technicians and any other company personnel depending on your company’s written security plan.

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 per year and should be revised and updated as necessary to reflect changing circumstances at your company.

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.

Eric H. Leskinen is the executive vice president of P3 Propane Safety. He can be reached at

NOTE: The opinions and viewpoints expressed herein are solely the author’s and should in no way be interpreted as those of LP Gas magazine or any of its staff members.

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