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02/07/2020

New PHMSA Proposal Aims to Mitigate Pipeline Ruptures

On February 6, PHMSA proposed a rule to revise the pipeline safety regulations for newly constructed and entirely replaced natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines.  

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01/21/2020

Latest PHMSA Hazmat Special Permit Actions

On January 16, the DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted notice of its latest actions of hazardous materials special permits granted, denied, or withdrawn.

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11/05/2019

DOT Names Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee

US DOT has announced a new 20-member safety committee to provide advice and recommendations to improve the safe air transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries.

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11/05/2019

PHMSA Warning: Unapproved Hazmat Cylinders

On Friday, PHMSA warned hazmat shippers and stakeholders about a company manufacturing propane cylinders with DOT specification markings without approval from US DOT. 

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09/24/2019

Hazmat News: PHMSA Special Permit Actions and More

A roundup of recent hazardous materials regulatory activity, including recent PHMSA actions on hazmat special permits, a hazmat R&D roundtable announced for October, and updates to the National Hazardous Materials Route Registry. 

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08/19/2019

PHMSA Proposes 19 Updates to Hazmat Regulations

DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on August 14, 2019 to make changes to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) that will update, clarify, and provide relief from certain hazardous materials regulatory requirements.  

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07/01/2019

Transport Canada and PHMSA Team Up on Electronic Hazmat Shipping Papers

The Canadian transportation agency will partner with US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to launch the program, which will authorize stakeholders to use digital shipping papers on a trial basis.

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06/17/2019

FRA Withdraws Hazmat Train Staffing Rule

The Federal Rail Administration announced on May 29, 2019 the withdrawal of a proposed rule to set minimum train staffing requirements for certain rail operations, including trains hauling large quantities of hazardous materials. 

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06/11/2019

What is Hazmat Safety Training and Who Needs It?

US DOT and OSHA both require training for employees who handle hazardous chemicals. Does this mean that employers must train each worker twice–once to satisfy DOT's safety training rule and once to satisfy OSHA's? No, it doesn't. 

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06/11/2019

PHMSA and OSHA Prep for UN Experts Meetings

On Thursday, June 20, US DOT and OSHA will both hold public meetings in preparation for United Nations meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, where the agencies represent US interests on the subjects of chemical safety and hazardous materials transportation.

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