DG Digest: Regulatory Agencies Announce Adjustments to Civil Penalties

The FRA was among several DOT-related agencies that published adjustments to its civil penalty amounts; a BNSF freight train cruises through the summer sunset in Kent, Washington in July of 2019.  Photo © 7/2019 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

Summer continues into its traditionally warmest month; be sure your employees remain able to cope with the heat that can afflict our workplaces. It’s also a heavy vacation month and the reduced staffing that can result can pressurize employees that are covering vacationing colleagues; be on the lookout for people who may be trying a little too hard and make sure they remain safe! It was an average week for regulatory activity; here’s all the latest:

Revisions to Civil Penalties

Over the course of the year, various federal agencies that have enforcement authority publish revisions to the penalty amounts they may assess for various regulatory citations. Typically, the revisions increase amounts to account for inflation. Several such revisions were published this week; here are links to the various affected agencies:

FMCSA: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-31/pdf/2019-14101.pdf

FRA: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-31/pdf/2019-14101.pdf

PHMSA: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-31/pdf/2019-14101.pdf

U.S. DOT: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-31/pdf/2019-14101.pdf


The agency is proposing two new ICR’s that will increase agency participation in the screening, use, and information gathering activity surrounding the use of chemical son the TSCA list.  Users might be asked to participate in surveys and interviews as part of this new process. See the details here


The agency published proposed revisions to its crash preventability program for CMV’s.  The program seeks to establish common factors in various types of CMV accidents in an effort to address regulatory factors that may help prevent them. See the modifications here

Transport Canada

A newly revised standard governing the reconditioning and use of drums in dangerous goods transport has been published by our neighbors to the north. The new standard is available for review here

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