Author Archives: Paul Burgess

USDOT/PHMSA Releases Final Rule HM-215M, Harmonizing Requirements with UNMR, ICAO, IMDG Code Changes

In the January 8th 2015 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule under Docket # PHMSA-2013-0260 (HM-215), RIN 2137-AF05 under which the agency sets forth specific changes to the US 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to harmonize

NTSB Issues Safety Alert Regarding Adjacent LED/Incandescent Signal Aspects on American Railroads

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to railroads operating in the United States which cautions them about potential confusion or other risks associated with the presence of both LED and incandescent bulb type signal aspects placed adjacent to one another at rail junctions.  Railroads are in the process

ICAO releases Corrigendum #1 for the 2015 – 2016 edition; addresses the carriage of Lithium Metal Batteries aboard passenger aircraft

On December 10th, 2014, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued an Electronic Bulletin (EB 2014/72) which announced the release of Corrigendum #1 (itself dated November 20th, 2014) to their 2015 – 2016 edition of the Technical Instructions for the Safe Handling of Dangerous Goods, commonly referred to in the industry as the ICAO TI.  The

USDOT/FRA Issues Final Rule Mandating Improved Employee Training for Railroads, Contractors, Related Groups

On Friday, November 7th, 2014, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule mandating significant improvements to the way training and the documentation of training for both railroad employees and the employees of railroad industry contractors (i.e. track and infrastructure construction maintenance and other activities related to actual

Identifying Non-hazardous Materials Effectively for Transport

The United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a major revision to the regulations governing hazard communication in the US 29 CFR 1910.1200 in May of 2012.  The revision, which in large measure conformed US hazard communication standards, or the HCS, to those of the United Nations Globally Harmonized

OSHA Announces November 12th, 2014 Washington Meeting in Preparation for December UN GHS Conference in Geneva

In the October 29th edition of the Federal Register, the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice announcing that a public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on November 12th from 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern Time (EST) addressing the planned agenda and issues to

OSHA announces November 10th, 2014 webinar regarding updates to chemical facility safety and security under Executive Order 13650

In the October 22nd edition of the Federal Register, the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice announcing that a webinar will be held on November 10th from 4 PM to 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) addressing implementation issues surrounding Executive Order 13650.  This order was

US DOT/PHMSA Issues Interpretation Letter Regarding Class 9 Labels and Placards

In the July 20th, 2011 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule under [Docket No. PHMSA–2009–0151 (HM–218F)] under which the agency, among many other things, set forth new specifications and requirements governing the appearance of the Class 9

USDOT/PHMSA Issues New Special Permit Actions

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued an end-of-the-fiscal-year listing of actions pertaining to Special Permits, including those applied for, those granted or withdrawn, and those modified. A variety of subjects are addressed, including issues affecting the transport of explosives, batteries, testing of UN Spec cylinders,

USDOT/PHMSA Releases NPRM on Special Permit and Authority Approval Procedures for Fireworks Policies

In the September 24th 2014 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published two clarifications of their fireworks policies under Docket #’s PHMSA-2013-0205; Notice No. 14-4 and 14-5 in which the agency sets forth acceptable criteria for defining for classification purposes both

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