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05/12/2021

Remembering ValuJet 592: 25 Years Later

25 years ago this week, on May 11, 1996, one of the most tragic and widely publicized hazmat transportation incidents in American history occurred. 

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01/13/2021

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Corrections Rule

The effective date of the 49 CFR editorial changes finalized late last year is January 21, 2021—not January 20, 2021 as the rulemaking originally read.

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12/29/2020

Two New DOT Hazmat Regulations Finalized

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finished off 2020 with two new hazmat rulemakings.  

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11/25/2020

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Reduces Hazmat Regulatory Burdens

A new PHMSA rulemaking revises the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to “update, clarify, or provide relief from various regulatory requirements without adversely affecting safety.”  

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11/03/2020

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Amends 4-series Cylinder Requalification Periods

This PHMSA Final Rule lengthens some requalification periods for certain DOT 4-series cylinders in non-corrosive gas service. 

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10/26/2020

PHMSA, OSHA Prepare for GHS HazCom Summit

OSHA and PHMSA will hold a virtual public meeting on 11/19 to prepare to the next session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS).

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10/26/2020

The Future of GHS HazCom in the US

The GHS rules that OSHA adopted in 2012 are outdated now. GHS has undergone several revisions since then and OSHA must update its HazCom regulations in 29 CFR 1910.1200 again soon to keep pace. 

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10/22/2020

Hazmat Shippers Brace for Holiday Shipageddon

Major package carriers are preparing for an unprecedented peak shipping season and are warning shippers to expect significant in the coming months. 

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10/12/2020

How Much Hazmat Training is Enough?

Even after you've mastered the domestic and international requirements for shipping hazardous materials, you may still feel uncertain that every "i" is dotted and every "t" crossed. Here we cover the minimum training that US DOT requires for every hazmat employee.   

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09/24/2020

Emergency HMR Waivers Issued for Wildfire and Hurricane Disaster Areas

Emergency orders waive compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for persons working under US EPA and US Coast Guard 

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Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas