Category: HazMat Transportation

Hazmat truck driver

Can Your Drivers Prevent a Chemical Release?

It is clear from a recently released Chemical Safety Board (CSB) report concerning a major chemical release that the driver involved was not sufficiently trained in safe cargo tank motor vehicle (CTMV) unloading operations. Are your drivers adequately trained to prevent or respond to a chemical release?

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Oops! Dropping an IBC that Contains Hazardous Materials

There’s a broken plastic fitting on a pump mounted to the top neck fill on an intermediate bulk container (IBC), but the opening is located at 6 inches or more above the fluid level of the package. Also, there’s a little discharge but no continued leakage. Did you pass the IBC drop test for transporting hazardous […]

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Oops! Can You Pass the Nonbulk Hazmat Drop Test?

You’re preparing to transport some nonbulk hazardous material in a combination packaging that consists of a solid plastic container with an inner 3-millimeter (mil) polyethylene bag. Is it OK if the inner packaging develops punctures and ¼ -inch to ½ -inch (in.) holes upon impact if there is no leakage of the filling substance?

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How a Real-Life Hazmat Emergency Led to a Regulation

In yesterday’s Advisor, we discussed a hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation requirement that all manually activated on-truck remote shutoff devices for closure of the internal valve on cargo tanks be marked “Emergency Shutoff.” Violations of this requirement have been regularly targeted by Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors. Sometimes it might feel like the DOT just […]

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Are You Properly Marking Your Hazmat Cargo Tank?

When Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors stop your hazardous materials (hazmat) truck, they are going to check your cargo tank to make sure that the manual remote shutoff device is marked correctly—a requirement that has popped up in top violations of hazmat regulations for 3 years now. Why is this requirement being violated more […]

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Is Your Hazmat Leaking?

When Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors stop your truck, they may no longer be surprised to see leaking hazardous materials (hazmat)—a violation that is pushing toward the top 10 violations of hazardous materials regulations. What’s happening here? Why are hazmats leaking in trucks?

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Hazmat Transportation Employees

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requires two types of training for hazardous materials (hazmat) employees. First, all hazmat employees must receive general training as described at 49 CFR Section 172.704(a)(1)-(4). Second, Section 172.704(a)(5) states that employers who must have a security plan are required to provide in-depth security […]

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Hazmat Transporters: Can You Use a Smartphone for Your Emergency Response Information?

For the past 5 years, violations of emergency response (ER) information requirements have been among the top 10 violations uncovered by U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) roadside inspectors. Yesterday we looked at the requirements and some scenarios that would or would not satisfy the ER information requirements. In this electronic age, one would think that […]

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