Category: HazMat Transportation

Are You One of ‘Multiple’ Hazmat Offerors?

There is much confusion concerning who an “offeror” is under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrations (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). PHMSA has numerous interpretation letters that attempt to clarify this issue for individual scenarios. A recent query led to a warning by PHMSA about the possibility of “multiple” offerors. Let’s take a look.

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10 Hazmat Tank Car Inspection Tips

If you are shipping hazardous materials in a tank car, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials regulations (HMRs) require that you perform periodic inspections and external visual inspections before the shipment takes off. But, what exactly does that mean? Today we’ll offer some tips for inspecting hazardous materials tank cars, and tomorrow we’ll take […]

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Recyclers Want Oregon Hazardous Waste Transport Rule Preempted

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is considering an application from an industry association seeking to overturn an Oregon rule that imposes strict liability on transporters of hazardous waste. According to NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers, the federal hazardous material transportation rules preempt Oregon’s hazardous waste management rule because it is not […]

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Is Your Hazmat Emergency Information Ship Shape?

Before you are stopped in a surprise U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspection, make sure your emergency response information is in order. Violations of hazardous materials transportation emergency response information requirements are becoming more frequent, as evidenced in the most recent data concerning hazardous materials violations uncovered during DOT roadside inspections.

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Avoid These Top Ten HazMat Violations

At the end of the 2016 fiscal year (FY), unsecured packages remained the top violation of hazardous materials regulations uncovered by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspections. What other violations made the top ten list? Let’s take a look and help you avoid DOT’s hazmat hit list.

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PHMSA and OSHA Clarify Requirements for Labeling Hazardous Chemicals for Bulk Shipments

On September 19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a joint guidance memorandum clarifying the applicability of their respective requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals.

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Do You Have to Carry that Hazmat Special Permit?

So many records! Leaves you dreaming of shredders! What hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation documents do you have to keep at your office? Which ones must go with the shipment? As a carrier/driver, whom can you trust? At what point does your hazmat truck become a rolling records room? Today we will look at whether your […]

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PHMSA and OSHA Clarify Labeling Requirements

In response to requests from stakeholders, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have published a joint guidance memo to clarify their respective requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals for bulk shipments.

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Six Reasons Why Hazmat Transporters Need to Know about Heat

The “dangerous evolution of heat” sounds like a climate change issue and not something hazardous materials transporters need to worry about in their day-to-day operations. But, here is a recent example of why you need to take this concept into account if you are in the business of transporting hazardous materials that are regulated by […]

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How to Pack Take-back Drugs for Transporting

Shipping certain pharmaceuticals is getting a bit easier now that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has been issuing special permits for take-back drugs. Yesterday we reviewed how PHMSA’s special permits work and looked at the general requirements DOT-SP 20255 for take-back drugs. Today we will talk about […]

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