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01/15/2019

DOT Hazmat Inspections Continue Under Shutdown

Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.

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11/27/2018

Final Rule Alert: PHMSA Raises Hazmat Penalties for 2019

This minor adjustment occurs once per year—but with penalties assessed on a per day, per violation basis, even small increases to penalties can quickly add up.

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11/26/2018

PHMSA Proposes HM 215-O to Harmonize 49 CFR with International Hazmat Requirements

Updates in the proposed rule will incorporate recent amendments to international regulation and consensus standards into 49 CFR and make changes to nearly every part of the hazmat rules, including Proper Shipping Names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, and quantity limits. 

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11/19/2018

DOT Empty vs. RCRA Empty: What's the Difference?

Complying with rules from two different regulatory agencies at the same time can be very tricky territory. Here's how to tackle it.

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11/13/2018

New EPA Rules Will Facilitate Worldwide Airbag Recall

Update: US EPA published its Interim Final Rule Safe Management of Recalled Airbags to the Federal Register on Friday, November 30.

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11/09/2018

PHMSA Updates and Amends Hazardous Materials Regulations

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule on November 7, 2018 to update, clarify, streamline, and provide new relief from certain hazmat rules.   

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11/06/2018

FedEx Updates IATA DGR Operator Variations for 2019

FedEx recently posted a note to customers regarding its updated operator variations published in the 60th Edition IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).  

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11/05/2018

Can I Reuse Hazmat Packaging?

How do we know when DOT will allow us to reuse a package, e.g., a drum? What are the requirements for reusing packaging, and where can shippers find them?

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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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10/30/2018

Know Your Haz: DOT Hazmat vs. OSHA HazCom

While it would be nice if these two sets of regulations lined up perfectly, the truth is that they do not regulate the exact same “things.” Do you know the difference?

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5 Tips for First-Time Hazmat Air Shippers