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03/10/2016

Hazmat Housekeeping: Should I Keep the Training Test?

The US DOT’s hazmat training standard for “hazmat employees” includes a specific provision that requires employers to certify that the hazmat employee has been “trained and tested, as required by this subpart." Hazmat employers often wonder: Is a copy of the test requried to prove to DOT that an employee has met the hazmat training standard at 49 CFR 172.704?

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03/07/2016

New Hazmat CDL Training Requirements Proposed

In the Federal Register today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed minimum training requirements for new commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The proposed rule includes a section devoted to hazmat training requirements for CMV drivers who wish to add a hazardous materials (H) endorsement on a Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL).   

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03/03/2016

Air Carriers Already Rejecting Lithium-ion Battery Shipments?

 New restrictions on lithium battery air shipments take effect on April 1, but shippers are reporting that some passenger airlines are already rejecting shipments of stand-alone lithium-ion batteries (UN 3480).

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02/26/2016

PHMSA Issues Two Hazmat Container Interpretations

This year, PHMSA has responded to a number of requests-for-interpretation from industry professionals seeking clarity on specific parts of the Hazardous Materials Regulations at 49 CFR 171–181. These interpretations are a great representation of the way hazardous materials regulations intersect with the realities of managing and shipping hazmat in the real world. 

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02/25/2016

Can US FAA Penalize Non-US Shippers for Hazmat Mistakes?

A German lighting company now faces $117,480 in civil penalties from US FAA for alleged violations of hazmat air shipping regulations. The company offered 9.6 liters of a flammable liquid (glue) for air transport from Düsseldorf to Chicago. In a February 24 press release, FAA alleges that the shipment exceeded the quantity limits for flammable liquids shipped by passenger aircraft. 

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02/12/2016

Congress Considers Lithium Battery Air Ban

A Bill introduced in the US Senate this week, would give the Federal Aviation Administration authority to ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries from being carried as cargo on passenger airlines. If passed, the legislation would: 

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02/11/2016

Alleged Hazmat Violations Cost Carrier $455K

In a February 11 press release, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a proposed $455,000 civil penalty against a freight carrier for alleged violations of hazardous materials shipping regulations.

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02/04/2016

New Hazmat Limited Quantity Exception Effective Feb. 22

In January, US DOT gave hazmat shippers more flexibility by incorporating 96 hazmat special permits into the text of the Hazardous Materials Regualtions (HMR). In doing so, it allowed all hazmat shippers to capitalize on exceptions and reliefs previously reserved for those approved to use these special permits. 

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01/18/2016

PHMSA Adds 96 Hazmat Special Permits into HMR

As part of an ongoing effort to incorporate widely used hazmat special permits into the text of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) this week submitted a new Final Rule for publication in the Federal Register.

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12/21/2015

PHMSA Amends the Bulk Explosives Shipping Rules

In the Federal Register today, PHMSA published a Final Rule to amend the rules for shipping explosives by cargo tank motor vehicles (CTMV) or multi-purpose bulk trucks (MBTs). The new explosives shipping rules incorporate by reference consensus standards from IME Standard 23...

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