PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

Posted on 6/29/2016 by Roger Marks

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of Federal hazardous materials regulations, law, special permits, and approvals.  
The maximum civil penalty has been raised from $75,000 per day, per violation to $77,114 per day, per violation.

For violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury or substantial property damage, the maximum civil penalty has been raised from $175,000 per day, per violation to $179,993 per day per violation.

Bigger Fines for Hazmat Training Violations

In addition, the minimum penalty for violations for failure to train hazmat employees will rise from $450 to $463 per day, per violation. Hazmat training violations are one of the few hazmat requirements that carry a minimum civil penalty. The minimum penalty for failure to train hazmat employees was added with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.

The new hazmat civil penalties and hazmat training penalties take effect August 1, 2016.

Read the Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register.

DOT  Hazmat Training Requirements

Per 49 CFR 172.704, hazmat employees—including any worker who performs a pre-transportation function like classifying, packaging, marking, labeling, loading, unloading, or documenting hazmat shipments—must complete hazmat training within 90 days of hire. Once trained, hazmat employees must repeat training once every three years.

For more information on who needs hazmat training and what’s required, watch the video at

Tags: DOT, fines and penalties, hazmat shipping, new rules, PHMSA

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Energetic/enthusiastic! Made training enjoyable, understandable and fun!

Amanda Walsh

Hazardous Waste Professional

Lion's course was superior to others I have taken in the past. Very clear in the presentation and the examples helped to explain the content presented.

George Bersik

Hazardous Waste Professional

As always, Lion never disappoints

Paul Resley

Environmental Coordinator

The instructor was very engaging and helped less experienced people understand the concepts.

Steve Gall

Safety Leader

Lion Technology workshops are amazing!! You always learn so much, and the instructors are fantastic.

Dorothy Rurak

Environmental Specialist

The instructor did an excellent job presenting a very dry subject; keeping everyone interested and making it enjoyable.

Marc Bugg

Hazardous Waste Professional

Attending Lion Technology classes should be mandatory for every facility that ships or stores hazmat.

Genell Drake

Outbound Lead

Lion courses always set the bar for content, reference, and practical application. Membership and access to the experts is an added bonus.

John Brown, CSP

Director of Safety & Env Affairs

Given the choice, I would do all coursework this way. In-person courses go very fast without the opportunity to pause or repeat anything.

Ellen Pelton

Chemical Laboratory Manager

The instructor was energetic and made learning fun compared to dry instructors from other training providers.

Andy D’Amato

International Trade Compliance Manager

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Use this guide to help meet your OSH Act responsibilities to provide a safe, healthy workplace during a public health crisis.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.