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03/12/2019

Coming Soon: 49 CFR Harmonization Rule HM 215O

Harmony: It sounds great when the Beach Boys do it in a song. When world governments harmonize their hazardous materials safety regulations to facilitate international commerce—well, that’s a little different.

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02/25/2019

In Effect April 1: New PHMSA Oil Spill Plan Rules for Railroads

On Valentine’s Day 2019, US DOT announced a forthcoming Final Rule to require railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (COSRPs) for routes traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains.   

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01/15/2019

DOT Hazmat Inspections Continue Under Shutdown

Hazmat safety inspections are continuing through the current partial government shutdown. Despite a lapse in funding, both PHMSA and FAA staff remain on the job to inspect shipping facilities, carriers, cylinder re-conditioners, and packaging testers as the shutdown stretches on.

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11/26/2018

PHMSA Proposes HM 215-O to Harmonize 49 CFR with International Hazmat Requirements

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. 

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11/09/2018

PHMSA Updates and Amends Hazardous Materials Regulations

US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a Final Rule on November 7, 2018 to update, clarify, streamline, and provide new relief from certain hazmat rules.   

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11/05/2018

Can I Reuse Hazmat Packaging?

How do we know when DOT will allow us to reuse a package, e.g., a drum? What are the requirements for reusing packaging, and where can shippers find them?

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11/05/2018

PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers PHMSA Issues Emergency HMR Waivers to Aid Hurricane Recovery

The US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) Emergency Waivers last month to streamline hurricane recovery in Georgia and Florida.  

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09/24/2018

PHMSA Pre-empts California Meal Breaks for Hazmat Drivers

In California, truck drivers are entitled to a 30-minute meal period after five hours of work and a second 30-minute meal break after ten hours of work. But for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials through the state, those breaks may no longer apply.

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09/10/2018

Can New Hazmat Employees Work Before They’re Trained?

In the real world, a shipping department can’t stop and wait for a new employee to finish in-depth training. Clients are waiting for deliveries and product must move out the door at an increasingly rapid pace. In addition to their responsibilities for hazardous materials safety, hazmat shippers deal with the same pressures that impact logistics professionals of all stripes—pressure to be more efficient...

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09/04/2018

You're the Hazmat Inspector: 49 CFR Compliant or Not?

From time to time, shippers, carriers, and inspectors disagree about what is or is not a violation of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). With thousands of detailed requirements to follow, it’s no wonder that interpretations of these rules can sometimes vary from state to state, county to county, or even from inspector to inspector.  

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