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On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised the hours of service (HOS) regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on September 29, 2020, not before.

What is Changing?

1. Short-haul Exception

Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

2. Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

3. 30-Minute Break Requirement

Requires a 30-minute break after 8 hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

4. Sleeper Berth Provision

Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7, rather than at least 8 hours of that period in the berth and a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours, and that neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

To learn more about the final rule, please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service

This week Degesch America, Inc, in conjunction with Grainnet and Feed Professionals hosted a web based training presentation focused on the prevention of Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter and other pathogenic bacteria that pose a risk to our food supply.

Juan M Hernandez Vieyra (Feed Professionals) provided us with terrific data highlighting the importance of protecting food supplies from these pathogens, and discussed the products and equipment available to help us accomplish this task.

If you missed this presentation don’t worry; you can view a recording of it here.

Please let us know if we can help you with your commodity protection efforts. We’re only a phone call or email away!

DWW PlacardThe Department of Transportation (DOT) Special Permit DOT-SP 11329, first granted to Degesch America, Inc. in 2005 was scheduled to expire on April 30, 2019.  Degesch America, Inc. applied for the renewal of the Special Permit in January, and we are pleased to report, the application has been approved.  Under the terms of the Special Permit, operators transporting our products, Phostoxin®, Magtoxin®, Fumitoxin® and Detiaphos® are exempt from specific DOT regulations under certain conditions.

Operators who meet the requirements of the Special Permit are not required to are not required to affix Hazardous Material placards to their vehicle or possess a Commercial Drivers License to transport less than 21 kg of properly marked products.

The Special Permit can be viewed here: DOT-SP 11329

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Each year more than 250,000,000 pounds of solid waste are generated in the USA.   Most of this waste, about 65%, makes its way to public and private landfills. Degesch America, Inc. (DAI) is committed to being a corporate steward of the natural resources of our planet and as a result, we have placed additional emphasis our recycling program.  Since its inception, the DAI Recycling Program has diverted more than 1,000,000 pounds of waste from landfills.  For calendar year 2016, we recycled 30,000 lbs. of paper/cardboard, 60,000 lbs. of aluminum and 105,000 lbs. of steel.  We are proud of this effort and will strive to generate even less waste going forward.