DOT/DOD Classification Testing

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS) provides US Department of Transportation (DOT) Competent Authority approval services for a wide range of clients in the explosive industry.

Safety Management Services, Inc. is an approved and authorized Examining Agency to perform explosives and other hazardous materials examination services. These services are for determining the DOT transportation classification, including the proper shipping name, hazard class and division, and compatibility group for explosive substances and articles.

Kirt N. Sasser and Troy A. Gardner are authorized to witness the UN/DOT tests and recommend classifications to the DOT. Authorization by the DOT required a thorough examination of our explosive expertise, regulatory interpretation/application experience, and testing protocols.

DOT Testing is usually performed on a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) basis. Consulting, witnessing, and providing recommendations for DOT Classifications are performed according to the SMS rate schedule plus burdened expenses. A proposal for testing the material(s) is provided after discussing the intent and extent of required testing. The cost of testing varies depending on the tests required, the nature of the material(s), and the test location. SMS can test your materials at our facilities, or we can travel to your testing facility and witness testing.

We usually anticipate 1-2 weeks for the testing to be completed once the materials have arrived at the test facility. SMS will deliver a report approximately 1 week after the tests are completed.