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The California Highway Patrol

Partners in Safety

Security Information for HazMat Shippers & Carriers


In light of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, enhancing the security of our hazardous materials should be one of the highest priorities for transportation and shipping companies. The California Highway Patrol is committed to providing information and services to ensure that hazardous materials are secure and that companies recognize the need for additional security measures. This informational pamphlet is intended to help shipping and transportation companies in addressing possible security deficiencies in their current daily operations.

The security of hazardous materials commodities is the responsibility of all involved. Shipping and transportation companies who deal with hazardous materials should take it upon themselves to develop security guidelines and appoint a security representative. Terminals have large quantities of hazardous materials and present an easy target for vandals and terrorists to “scope-out” an operation and find its weak links. Transportation companies have fewer options when security is an issue, however, they must be vigilant in their efforts to secure their loads. Working together, we ALL can make a difference in the security of hazardous materials and the protection of those around us.

Common Security Issues:

Security Actions to Consider at Shipping Terminals:

Security Actions to Consider when Transporting Hazardous Materials:

Partners in Safety

The steps you take to operate safely will often serve to address security concerns as well. Considering the inherent security in the design and operation of any facility will have the benefits of helping prevent unwanted intrusion and access to hazardous materials. Decisions about improving site security should be made after evaluating how vulnerable your site is to a threat. Implement additional security measures, as appropriate, to reduce your vulnerability. The information listed in this pamphlet is just a reminder of some common sense approaches to the security of hazardous materials. The California Highway Patrol appreciates our “Partners in Safety” who willingly make the commitment to ensure all is being done to protect our country's hazardous materials.


CHP has now expanded the 1-800-TELL-CHP (1-800-835-5247) phone number for use in the “Partners in Safety” program concerning hazardous materials security. This number is for reporting any security related problems regarding hazardous materials both at a terminal and during transportation. If you choose, you may remain anonymous.

Visit us on the Web for expanded information regarding safeguarding your hazardous materials. You may download reprints of this pamphlet from our website.

Training Available Through the California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol offers complimentary on-site training specific to the topics discussed in this pamphlet through the Commercial Industry Education Program. This training covers safety and security issues applicable to carriers and drivers as well as terrorism prevention assistance. To learn more, contact the Commericial Industry Education Program Coordinator at (916) 445-1865.

Reprints are also available by calling the Commercial Industry Education Program Coordinator at (916) 445-1865.

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Disclaimer: This pamphlet is meant for informational purposes only. We do not endorse any particular security product, service, or company.