US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed a harmonization rulemaking (HM 215-O) to conform the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 171–180) to international standards.
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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.
Expected to be published in the Federal Register
on November 27, 2018, the proposed rule includes the following updates for hazmat shippers:
- Incorporate the newest versions of the 2019-20 ICAO Technical Instructions; the 2018 IMDG Code (Amendment 39-18); the 20th Revised Edition of the UN Model Regulations; the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria; and the 7th Revised Edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
- Amend the 172.101 Hazmat Table to reflect changes in the UN Model Regulations, IMDG Code, and ICAO Technical Instructions.
- Add a new classification system for articles containing hazardous materials that do not already have a dedicated Proper Shipping Name.
- Add a lithium battery test summary requirement to demonstrate appropriate UN design testing and proper classification.
- Amend the rules for aircraft passengers carrying baggage equipped with lithium batteries, i.e., “smart luggage.”
- Add segregation requirements for lithium cells and batteries shipped by passenger aircraft with flammable liquids and other hazardous materials.
- Create non-testing alternative criteria for classifying corrosive materials.
- Extend the sunset dates for provisions concerning the transport of polymerizing substances (from Jan. 2, 2019 to Jan 2, 2021).
PHMSA believes these updates will clarify DOT’s hazmat shipping requirements and that most amendments will result in cost savings for shippers and stakeholders.
change to international regulations made the cut for HM 215-O. For a full look at what is and is not included in HM-215 O harmonization rule, see the pre-publication version here.
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