DG Digest: ADR to go Global, Could Drop “European Union (EU)” from Title

The FRA announced that it would begin publishing its civil penalty schedule via its website vice in the CFR effective May 23rd.  BNSF and Amtrak trains pass each other at Dieringer, Washington on April 6, 2018.  Photo © 4/2018 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

Monday the 27th marked our nation’s Memorial Day honoring fallen military veterans.  The Labelmaster family joins our fellow Americans in expressing gratitude for their sacrifice.  It was a middling busy week on the regulatory front; here’s the latest:


The agency announced that on Thursday, June 20, 2019, OSHA will conduct a public meeting to discuss proposals in preparation for the 37th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS) to be held July 8 through July 10, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. Also on Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will conduct a public meeting (See 84 FR 11865, March 28, 2019) to discuss proposals in preparation for the 55th session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNSCE TDG) to be held July 1 through July 5, 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. The PHMSA public meeting will be held on June 20, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., ET. The OSHA public meeting will also be held June 20, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Interested parties may submit comments by July 8, 2019.  Here’s your portal to take action


The agency announced that in order to eliminate unnecessary costs and improve public access, FRA is removing its civil penalties schedules and guidelines from the CFR and publishing them on the FRA website.  This will be effective as of May 23rd, 2019.  See the rule


The agency requests public comment about Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that may need to be amended, revised, or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systems (ADS) equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) onto our Nation’s roadways. In approaching the task of adapting its regulations to accommodate automated vehicle technologies, FMCSA is considering changes to its rules to account for significant differences between human operators and ADS. Comments on this document must be received on or before August 26, 2019.  See here for more information


The committee that governs the European Union’s ADR, which is the analogous regulation to the 49 CFR Hazardous Material Regulations used in most of Europe, agreed May 13th to remove the word “European” from the document’s official title.  While this may seem a small change on the surface, the removal signifies the both the growing use of the text elsewhere on the planet, and the intent of the committee to make a pointed statement that such growing use is welcome as step towards further global harmonization.  See more details here

Germany and Sweden both became signatory to Multilateral Agreement M318, which authorizes the use in transport of pressure cylinders approved for hazardous material by the USDOT.  See the specifics right here

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