Your Hazmat Route Goes Out of Service. What Now?

Posted on 4/29/2024 by Lion Technology Inc.

Shippers of hazardous materials play an important role in ensuring hazmat is transported safely. When a hazmat route goes out of service, life gets harder.

Shippers must quickly assess alternative routes while ensuring they remain compliant with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Failure to do so can result in expensive civil penalties, damage to a company’s reputation, or harm to human health and the environment.

Some routes are simply too dangerous for hazmat to travel along. Some routes are partially restricted and allow most hazmat, but some don’t allow any hazmat at all.

Restricted routes can include tunnels, bridges, sections of interstate highway, and more.

Sometimes, a hazmat route will become unavailable, such as the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland—a major hazmat route along the east coast that collapsed earlier this year. An incident like this can create a ripple effect across the supply chain.

Mitigating the Impact

Preparedness is key to mitigating impact. Contingency plans outlining alternative routes, emergency contacts, and protocols can help handle unexpected events such as route closures. Regularly reviewing and updating these plans ensures they remain relevant.

Shippers should cultivate strong partnerships with carriers, emergency responders, and regulatory agencies. By working together closely, they can pool resources, share information, and coordinate responses effectively.

Training is required for anyone who directly affects hazardous materials shipping and is an important aspect of hazmat safety. Investing in recurrent training programs that ensure employees know what to do in an emergency and compliance with the HMR can help minimize risks whether there's a route disruption or not.

Hazmat shippers play a critical role in ensuring the safe transportation of hazardous materials. While not every situation requires the same level of agile reponse, it is always best to be prepared.

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