Revised August 2019

The following are the essential functions of a truck driver hauling and handling liquid or bulk commodities, including hazardous materials. It is essential that every person holding or desiring a position as an over-the-road truck driver be able to perform the following essential job functions:


Drive and operate a five-axle truck tractor semi-trailer combination over-the-road from home terminal to points in the United States or Canada, and return; and, to load and/or unload commodities in bulk, including hazardous materials, all in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and company policies.


  1. Drive for as many as eleven hours within a 14 consecutive hour period while transporting bulk commodities, including hazardous and/or non-hazardous materials. Be able to spend 10 hours in a truck sleeper berth. Be able to work up to 70 hours in an 8-day period.
  2. Walk, bend, reach, push, pull, stoop, lift, squat, and climb, as necessary to accomplish the following work:
    • Physically handle sections of loading and unloading hose that may exceed twenty feet in length, measure up to three inches in diameter, and weigh as much as 50 pounds.
    • Operate hand crank to extend and retract dolly legs, as well as other equipment involved in the connecting and dropping process of tractor/trailer combinations.
    • Ascend and descend vertical ladder on exterior of trailer up to a height of 13 feet. Stand, stoop, squat, and work on surface on top of a trailer up to a height of 13 feet above the ground.  Open and close dome lid(s) on top the cargo tank trailer.
    • Climb into and out of cab of truck/tractor possibly multiple times per day in order to drive and operate unit, as well as other equipment and controls within and about the unit.
    • Take required break in sleeper berth of cab in order to obtain adequate rest.
    • Operate foot controls and hand controls within the cab while driving.
    • Perform vehicle inspections, to include service brakes including trailer brake connections, parking (hand) brake, steering mechanism, lighting devices and reflectors, tires, horn, windshield wipers, rear vision mirrors, coupling devices, wheels and rims and emergency equipment, for the purpose of determining that the motor vehicle is in safe operating condition prior to departure and while en route.
  3. Ability to write, read and speak the English language for the following purposes:
    • To converse with the general public;
    • To understand highway traffic signs and signals;
    • To respond to official inquiries, such as state or local police authorities, state regulatory agents and federal regulatory agents;
    • To read reports and records such as Material Safety Data Sheets which describe the load, hazards associated with the load and special precautions to be taken with respect to the load;
    • To make entries on reports and records such as shipping papers, driver’s daily log, including status of available work hours, inspection reports, as well as other documents, reports and records required by Company, Shipper, state and federal authorities.
  4. Wear safety protective clothing as required during loading and unloading of various materials, including hazardous materials, to include face respirator, acid resistant slicker suit, flame-resistant coveralls, hard hat, goggles, face shield, and/or protective foot wear and gloves.
  5. Report for dispatch at any time of the day or night as directed, meet strict loading and delivery schedules, and maintain contact with dispatch office as required.
  6. Comply and perform proper methods of loading and unloading various goods, including hazardous and non-hazardous materials, to include connecting and disconnecting loading and unloading hoses, pressure hose and product pump, monitoring gauges, opening and closing valves, and gauging depth of product in cargo tank and/or storage tanks.
  7. Promptly report to designated company personnel, as instructed, major delays due to breakdown, weather, traffic conditions, accidents, injuries, or cargo losses, and other circumstances relating to the transportation of commodities involving driver, company equipment or cargo.
  8. Promptly report to local and state regulatory agencies as instructed, all vehicle accidents, cargo spills and other incidents or emergencies relating to the transportation of commodities.
  9. Must follow professional conduct when dealing with customers, co-workers and the motoring public.
  10. Must be able to pass a D.O.T. physical and drug test.
  11. Must have or acquire other required credentials if needed. (I.E. TWIC card).
  12. Must have class A CDL with hazmat and tank endorsement.

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