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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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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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08/13/2018

Is Every RCRA Waste a DOT Hazardous Material?

When you work in EHS, you learn fast that similar words and phrases often have distinct meanings and that understanding these meanings is crucial to staying in compliance. Terms like “hazardous waste,” “hazardous material,” “hazardous substance,” and “hazardous pollutant” look very similar...  

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07/06/2018

Hazmat Noncompliance Snuffs Out Fireworks Show

“It was all about the delivery. The product was there, the lead shooters ready, and everything was a go. But we had a problem with the Driver that was delivering the shows. Many regulations are in place for the transportation of explosives and this is what failed.”   

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05/24/2018

CSB Chairperson Announces Resignation

US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced her resignation from the Board on May 21. Sutherland’s resignation comes amidst repeated threats from the President to de-fund the chemical safety agency...

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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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04/30/2018

PHMSA Announces Annual Hazmat R&D Forum

PHMSA and OHMS have announced DOT's annual public Research and Development Forum to be held in Washington, DC on May 16–17.

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03/23/2018

Do Dangerous Goods Belong on Driverless Vehicles?

UPDATED 03/29/18 US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has released a request for information, or RFI, related to the development of automated technologies for transporting hazardous materials by surface modes, i.e., highway and rail.  

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03/13/2018

Power Banks Recalled Due to Lithium Battery Incidents

Citing fifty-three reports of overheating lithium batteries, one report of chemical burns, and four reports of property damage, Amazon has announced a recall of six AmazonBasics portable lithium-ion battery chargers.  

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08/28/2017

CSB Issues Safety Alert for Texas Petrochemical Facilities

In the wake of devastating flooding and disruption of industrial operations caused by Hurricane Harvey, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a Safety Alert for petrochemical facilities in Texas that will restart operations in the coming weeks and months. 

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