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PHMSA Provides Regulatory Update On Hazardous Materials Transportation

Posted on: October 17, 2018

PHMSABy Steve Schulte, CHMM, CPP, Fellow

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the US Department of Transportation provided an update to the Chemical Packaging Committee (CPC) of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) at a meeting recently held in Alexandria, Virginia.

The following are some highlights PHMSA presented at the CPC meeting:

  • PHMSA is working on seventeen active rulemakings. PHMSA has developed a regulatory reform task force to ensure that the regulatory actions promulgated are in line with the Administration’s policies and guidelines.
  • HM-215O – This is the rulemaking by which PHMSA harmonizes the regulations by adopting all or portions of the 20th Revision of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Issuance of HM-215O will be later than past HM-215 rulemakings due to the new Administration’s policy and guidelines that must be followed. No tentative date was provided by PHMSA.

It is important to note that without the timely issuance of HM-215O, U.S. industry would be facing potential delays in transporting dangerous goods globally as the U.S. Hazardous Materials regulations may not be harmonized with the other regulations for shipment via Air, Vessel and Surface shipments outside the U.S.

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Keywords

HM-215O, PHMSA, Dangerous Goods, HazMat, DOT, Department of Transport, Hazardous Materials Regulation, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration