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11/05/2018

PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers to Aid Hurricane Recovery

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) Emergency Waivers last month to streamline hurricane recovery in Georgia and Florida.  

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09/24/2018

PHMSA Pre-empts California Meal Breaks for Hazmat Drivers

In California, truck drivers are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after five hours of work and a second 30-minute meal break after ten hours of work. But for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials through the state, those breaks may no longer apply.

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09/10/2018

Can New Hazmat Employees Work Before They’re Trained?

In the real world, a shipping department can’t stop and wait for a new employee to finish in-depth training. Clients are waiting for deliveries and product must move out the door at an increasingly rapid pace. In addition to their responsibilities for hazardous materials safety, hazmat shippers deal with the same pressures that impact logistics professionals of all stripes—pressure to be more efficient...

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09/04/2018

You're the Hazmat Inspector: 49 CFR Compliant or Not?

From time to time, shippers, carriers, and inspectors disagree about what is or is not a violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). With thousands of detailed requirements to follow, it’s no wonder that interpretations of these rules can sometimes vary from state to state, county to county, or even from inspector to inspector.  

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08/27/2018

Are Generic and N.O.S. Hazmat Names the Same Thing?

Choosing an incorrect PSN can cause further mistakes in how the material is packaged, marked, labeled, handled, and segregated—and even impact emergency response in a worst-case scenario. That's what makes understanding the ins and outs of naming hazardous materials for transport so important.  

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06/18/2018

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Hazmat Rules for Emergency Phone Numbers, Nitric Acid, More

On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..  

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06/08/2018

PHMSA Relaxes Position on Hazmat Package Closures and Tape

In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“  

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05/25/2018

Remember, New Jersey: Fireworks Are Hazardous Materials

Fireworks are fun, and they inspire wonder in children and adults alike. But unlike other holiday necessities like hamburger buns, hot dogs, and paper plates, consumer fireworks are regulated as Division 1.4G explosives when transported on public roads—and for good reason

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05/23/2018

PHMSA Requests Input on 2020 Emergency Response Guide

In the Federal Register on May 23, US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requested input from hazardous materials emergency responders regarding updates to the forthcoming 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guide (ERG).  

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05/21/2018

PHMSA to Address 2-mm Border Rule for Hazmat Labels

Following the lead of international authorities, DOT now plans to rescind or otherwise un-do a requirement for all hazmat labels to feature a 2-millimeter solid line forming the inner border.

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