Tag: Hazardous Materials

Hazmat Fines Can Be Hefty

Civil Penalties With a few exceptions, most violations of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) hazardous materials regulations (HMRs) carry a civil penalty of up to $75,000 per day per violation for knowingly violating one of the HMRs. If the violation results in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or […]

Back Away from That Truck! Don’t Become a Hazmat Offeror by Accident

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. We found two letters we think are pertinent to help you determine whether you are an offeror under the […]

Worker Safety and Forklift Maintenance

Yesterday, we looked at forklift maintenance—particularly, at the training required for workers who perform repair and maintenance on forklifts. Today, we’ll look at a few more requirements that might apply, as well as some rules for maintenance locations and replacement parts. Additional Training for Forklift Maintenance Workers Some topics are specific to forklifts, but other […]

Top 10 Hazmat Violations

In its most recent data, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had performed over 154,000 roadside inspections of trucks in 2012 targeting compliance with hazardous materials transportation regulations. During these inspections, DOT inspectors found almost 35,000 violations.

Exactly Who Needs Hazard Materials Transportation Training?

A hazmat employee is a person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and “directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety.” Now, the regs also provide examples of hazmat employees to be sure you follow the rules. Examples include, those who load, unload, or otherwise handle hazmats; operators of vehicles transporting hazmats; employees who test, […]