As we enter June and observe National Safety Month, Darling Ingredients affirms that safety has always been and will always be a priority at our company. Whether the safety of our employees, our communities, the consumers of our products or our planet’s environment, we take our commitment to operating in the safest way possible very seriously. This also applies to those we share the road with.
Darling Ingredients, among the top 50 private fleets in the U.S., operates a modern fleet of tankers, trailers and power units across the country. Most of these vehicles support our DAR PRO Solutions team, collecting fats and proteins from our food industry customer base and delivering the material to our plants across the nation.
Driver and mechanic training, regular vehicle inspections and maintenance programs help keep our fleet running under optimum conditions. Additionally, our commitment to maintaining low scores within the CSA program (Compliance, Safety, Accountability is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative) ultimately helps Darling and other fleet operators reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles.
A program dedicated to improving commercial transportation safety is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck. CVSA’s program dedicates 72 hours during the first week of June to performing roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations across North America. This year, Roadcheck will take place over June 4-6th.
Last year, Roadcheck inspectors conducted 67,603 inspections on large trucks and buses. Of these, approximately 20% of the vehicles and 10% of the drivers undergoing the Level I 37-point inspection were identified with out-of-service conditions. Vehicles and drivers identified as out-of-service must be brought into compliance before being allowed to return to service.
CVSA’s Roadcheck is important to Darling because all roadside inspections directly impact Darling’s CSA scores. “Our continued focus on quality pre-and post-trip inspections and great maintenance programs significantly reduces the risk of crashes and injuries that can result from operating defective equipment,” said Shalonda Henley, Darling Ingredients’ DOT Compliance Coordinator. “Successful Roadchecks help decrease Darling’s CSA Vehicle Maintenance basic score, and keeps our focus where it needs to be – Safety, front and center.”
You're the expert on frying. We're the expert on what to do with the grease when you've finished with it.
We were the first in both the U.S. and Canada to build commercial-scale facilities to convert used cooking oil and animal fats into biodiesel, beginning in the 1990’s… before there were government incentives to do so.
In 2013, we took a giant step forward, launching production at our new Diamond Green Diesel plant in partnership with Valero Energy. DGD is the largest facility in North America to convert these recycled cooking oils and animal fats into renewable diesel.
- Low carbon sustainably-sourced fuel alternative
- Up to 85% less GHG emissions than petroleum-based diesel
- Annually producing 275 million gallons (increasing to 675m in 2021)
- Meets all low carbon fuel mandates
- Clean, efficient, SAFE biofuel for today's roads