Category: HazMat Transportation

Hazmat Transportation Security Plans—Two More Scenarios

If you offer or transport certain hazardous materials (hazmat), you may be required to develop and implement a Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Plan. Yesterday we discussed the conditions that would trigger the requirement to develop and implement a Security Plan and described one scenario where a Security Plan would be required unless the company took […]

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Do You Need a Hazmat Transportation Security Plan?

If you offer or transport certain hazardous materials (hazmat), you may be required to develop and implement a Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Plan. In addition, Security Plan training is required for each hazmat employee whose employer is required to have a Security Plan. Let’s take a look at this onerous requirement and some guidance from […]

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PHMSA, FMCSA, and Placarding: Transporting Hazmat Can Be Confusing

If you ship or transport hazardous materials (hazmat) in commerce, you have obligations under both the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But these two arms of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have different requirements for the transportation of hazmat. It can be confusing.

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Labeling and Shipping Papers: Other Exceptions for Class 9 Hazardous Materials

Yesterday we discussed license, registration, and placarding exceptions concerning transporting class 9 hazardous materials (hazmat). If a hazmat is exempt from placarding, it is usually the case that other exemptions also apply. Today we will look at labeling and shipping papers exceptions for class 9 hazmat transported by motor carriers on highways.

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Hazmat Transportation: Meeting the MOT Exception

Yesterday we looked at three scenarios concerning the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) materials of trade (MOT) exception to the hazardous materials transportation regulations. Today we will review the quantity and packaging requirements you must meet in order to take advantage of this popular exception.

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NYC Hazmat Requirements—Some of You Can ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’

In a move that could portend poorly for state and local control, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently determined that some of New York City’s hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation requirements don’t pass muster—at least for some vehicles. Does the ensuing confusion hurt or help hazardous materials shippers and carriers? You be […]

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When a Hazardous Waste Manifest Cannot Be a DOT Shipping Paper

Ordinarily the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest serves as both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) tracking form and the shipping paper required under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). This system allows both the EPA and the DOT to enforce their respective regulations. However, there are instances where these regulations conflict.

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HazMat Packages: When Is Secure Really Secure?

The top hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation violation uncovered by Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors since 2013 is unsecured packages in vehicles, accounting for nearly 10% of hazmat violations. You may think your hazmat package is secure in the vehicle, but the important question is whether the DOT roadside inspector thinks so. We’ll take a […]

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