Hazardous material release, RCRA, CERCLA

You Need a Plan for Hazmat Training

Hazmat training requirements under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) regulations are nonspecific. But one thing is crystal clear: Employers are legally responsible for making sure hazmat employees are properly trained.

Group of men working at a chemical warehouse classifying barrels

The Ins and Outs of Chemical Compliance: Hazmat, HazCom, Hazardous Waste, and GHS

Chemical substances can have an assortment of labels and placards as they move through commerce and eventually end up as waste products. The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have regulatory authority during various points of transport, storage, use, and disposal of hazardous substances. The National Fire Protection […]

Waste barrels with hazard warning symbols in the warehouse

Why Shippers Should Take Their Hazmat Shipping Compliance Seriously

Hazmat compliance. For some shippers, what is required for compliance can vary depending on their company’s point of view. On the one hand, compliance requirements can be considered tedious regulatory bureaucracy. But in today’s competitive economy, wherein efficiency counts, some shippers are taking compliance to another level and considering it a competitive edge. What made […]

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 […]