Is Your Hazmat Training Up to Date? | PHMSA Publishes Effort to Modernize Hazmat Regulations

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PHMSA Proposal Overview

PHMSA published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM HM-265A) with the goal of modernizing regulations to improve safety and efficiency.  A list of more than 40 topics was provided in proposal for stakeholders to comment on.

Some of the topics come from the 2017 regulatory reform notice by the Secretary of Transportation to modernize the entire transportation system.  Rulemakings have already been published as a result of Secretary’s initiative including HM-219A and B (response to petitions from industry), HM-233G (conversion of special permits), HM-215O (Harmonization with international regulations), and HM-265 (modal specific amendments to improve safety).

In its proposal, PHMSA states that they are constantly reviewing the regulations with the intention of modernizing and increasing efficiency.  They do this through several avenues including petitions for rulemaking from the public, incorporating special provisions that may be useful to wider industry, participation in international committees such as ICAO, IMO and the UN.

The hazardous materials regulations are a risk management system that is prevention oriented. As new technologies are developed, our understanding of the risks in transportation may change. Over the years, PHMSA has seen improvements in packaging, hazard communication and incident minimization through advancing technologies. While PHMSA recognizes that new technologies may reduce the costs and burdens to the regulated, they are focused on protecting people and the environment.

PHMSA is soliciting comments on the safety, environmental, and economic impacts of regulatory modernization initiatives suggested by the regulated community and other stakeholders.  Comments are due October 3, 2023. You may submit comments identified by the docket number PHMSA–2019–0031 (HM–265A) through Federal eRulemaking Portal: and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

The topics PHMSA is requesting comment and/or data on are listed below:

  • Evaluation of Carrier Maintenance of Emergency Response Information
  • Non-bulk Packaging, IBC, and large Packaging Periodic Retest Extension
  • Use of Non-Bulk Package Test Samples for Multiple Uses
  • Aerosol Classification Alignment
  • Residue IBC Exceptions
  • Requirements for Damaged, Defective, or Recalled Lithium Cells and Batteries
  • Sampling and Testing Program for Unrefined Petroleum-Based Products
  • Basic Oil Spill Response Plan Applicability
  • Standards Incorporated by Reference Update
  • Ex-Number Display Requirements
  • Section 173.150 Ethyl Alcohol Exception
  • Limited Quantity Training Exception
  • Exceptions for Small Quantities of Division 4.3, PG I Material
  • Recycling Safety Devices
  • Creation of Basic Description and Shipping Description Definitions
  • Removal of the 60-Day Renewal Requirement for Approvals and Special Permits
  • Design Certifying Engineer Experience
  • Oxidizing Gases by Air
  • Part 176 Vessel Requirements Update
  • LTD QTY Shipping Paper Exception by Vessel
  • Convention for Safe Containers Data Plate and Inspection Requirements
  • Identification of Freight Containers in Rail Transportation
  • Exceptions for Rail Transport of Lithium Batteries for Purposes of Recycling or Disposal
  • Tank Car Manway Inspections
  • Acid Resistant Manways for DOT 111A100W5 Tank Cars
  • Tank Car Thermal Protection Standard
  • Unoccupied Locomotive Train Placement
  • Offering a Tank Car After Qualification Expiration
  • Non-Destructive Examination
  • Updating Requirements for Transporting Hazardous Materials on Passenger Carrying Motor Vehicles
  • EPA 27 Test Method for Cargo Tanks
  • Mounting Pads for Cargo Tank Damage Protection Devices
  • Cargo Tank Hydrostatic Test Medium
  • Cargo Tank Thickness and Corrosion Inspection Requirements
  • Remove Exceptions for Cargo tank Inspections
  • Segregation of Detonating Explosives for Highway Transportation
  • Cargo Tank Reflectivity
  • Cargo Tank Registered Inspector Training and Qualification
  • Cargo Tank Design Certifying Engineer Training and Qualification
  • Cargo Tank Registered Inspector Verification and Documentation
  • Cargo Tank Design and Certifying Engineer Verification and Documentation
  • Cargo Tank Registered Inspector Revised Definition
  • Cargo Tank Design Certifying Engineer Revised Definition
  • NTSB Safety Recommendations R-20-1 to R-20-4
  • Placard Display on Intermediate Bulk Containers
  • Emerging Technologies

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