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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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06/25/2018

Hazmat Special Permits vs. Special Provisions

While hazmat special permits and special provisions sound similar, they are actually quite different. You need to know what they are and how to apply them properly in order to remain in compliance with whichever code of hazmat/dangerous goods regulations you are following. 

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06/25/2018

Ship Dangerous Goods Through Mexico? Check Your Labels.

The Council on the Safe Transport of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA) recently shared an interpretation from the Mexican transportation authority that makes it clear that Mexico expects hazmat labels to be placed with the “vertex upwards,” i.e., as a square-on-point, or a square at a 45-degree angle, no matter the size of the package.

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06/18/2018

PHMSA Corrects 49 CFR Hazmat Rules for Emergency Phone Numbers, Nitric Acid, More

On June 18, 2018, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) amended a previous rulemaking (June 2, 2016) that made miscellaneous updates to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)..  

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06/08/2018

PHMSA Relaxes Position on Hazmat Package Closures and Tape

In May 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a new interpretation of the 49 CFR hazmat rules to clarify the agency’s position on package closures. In the past, PHMSA has held that “changing the size (e.g., width) of tape from that specified in the packaging test report and closure notification constitutes a change in design.“  

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05/25/2018

Remember, New Jersey: Fireworks Are Hazardous Materials

Fireworks are fun, and they inspire wonder in children and adults alike. But unlike other holiday necessities like hamburger buns, hot dogs, and paper plates, consumer fireworks are regulated as Division 1.4G explosives when transported on public roads—and for good reason

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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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05/21/2018

PHMSA to Address 2-mm Border Rule for Hazmat Labels

Following the lead of international authorities, DOT now plans to rescind or otherwise un-do a requirement for all hazmat labels to feature a 2-millimeter solid line forming the inner border.

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05/21/2018

4 New Hazmat Rules to Watch for in 2018-19

On May 10, 2018, PHMSA, along with other Federal Agencies, published its Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2018. That Agenda lists a handful of new rules pertaining to hazardous materials transportation safety, which PHMSA plans to promulgate in the second half of the year.  

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05/11/2018

New PHMSA Hazmat Special Permits and Applications

The DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 10 posted notice of applications for new hazmat special permits and Agency decisions regarding existing special permits applications.  

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