Date: Dec 21, 2018
On November 27, 2018, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) aimed at amending certain provisions of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) that govern the transport of hazardous materials in the U.S. to harmonize with recent changes to various international standards and regulations including the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods—Model Regulations. Several changes are also proposed to further align the HMR with Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations. Comments on the NPRM are due January 28, 2019.
Among the changes proposed in the NPRM are those pertaining to:
Amendments Not Being Considered for Adoption in This NPRM: There are various amendments to the international standards that PHMSA is not currently proposing, including: fuel gas containment systems; severely damaged and defective lithium batteries; and road gas elements vehicles. However, PHMSA is seeking public comments on a Competency Based training approach that would make the currently flexible training requirements of § 172.700 much more formalized.
For assistance preparing comments to send to PHMSA, or for more information on the shipment of hazardous materials, please contact us:
Trent Doyle ( +1 202.434.4161), firstname.lastname@example.org
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