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.

OSHA 101

By Bridget Miller While OSHA is practically a household word, not everyone knows how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is administered or what powers it has. Let’s take a look.

7 Steps for an Effective HazMat Training Program

DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) require that hazmat employees receive “adequate training” for their specific job duties. As a hazmat employer, you are left in the dark as to what “adequate training” actually means. As a matter of fact, DOT has written a letter of interpretation that states the agency’s position on the meaning of […]

Unsecured Packages Tops in Top 10 HazMat Violations

The top violation DOT inspectors have found so far in FY 2015 is that packages are not secured in vehicles. At 1,207 violations, this mistake accounted for 8.12% of the total violations. Following at a close second, inspectors have found 1,197 instances when there was no copy of the U.S. DOT registration number in the […]

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 1

HAZWOPER Medical Surveillance FAQs—Part 1 Q: Which employees must employers include in a medical surveillance program? A: According to 29 CFR 1910.120(f)(2)(i)–(iv), employees who meet the following requirements must be included in a medical surveillance program: All employees who are or may be exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards at or above the permissible […]

HazMat Training: Covering All the Bases

Who’s Your Audience? Safety training must be given to employees who handle or transport packages containing hazardous materials, including warehouse workers. But, it’s also required for drivers, crew members, and others who would be exposed to hazardous materials if they were in an accident. You have to provide general awareness, including security awareness training, to: […]

HazMat Employee Training: Don’t Leave Anyone Out

When hazardous materials are transported in commerce, they fall under the jurisdiction of U.S. DOT. But, employers must also comply with the training requirements of OSHA’s safety and health rules as they apply to conditions at the facility. This makes training your employees properly a little confusing. Don’t leave anyone out. Here’s a breakdown of […]

Universal Wastes FAQ Roundup

What are the regulations for taping/protecting the ends of batteries when preparing them for shipment/disposal? There are no requirements under EPA‘s Universal Waste regulations for taping/protecting the ends of batteries when preparing them to be sent offsite as universal waste. However, a handler of universal wastes (which includes the generator) may manage broken or damaged […]

The 5 Types of Required HazMat Training

Here are the 5 types of hazmat training you should be conducting: General Awareness/Familiarization Training: This is training that provides familiarity with the general requirements of HMR and enables the hazmat employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials. You have to provide all hazmat employees with general awareness training. Function-Specific Training: This type of training […]

So Many Hazmat Training Options–Which One Is Right for You?

To help you decide, here are some pros and cons of the different training options available. Web-Based Training Pros: Training has a consistent message Employees are out of the office less and there are no travel costs Training is more accessible to a larger audience Training is convenient for employees—can take it anywhere, anytime Cons: […]