The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is seeking comment on proposed revisions to the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards. The changes - which include revisions to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements - facilitate the safe transport of hazardous materials in international commerce. The proposed rule is based on recent revisions to the United Nations Model Regulations, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, and the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. The U.N. Model Regulations are amended and updated biennially. Comments must be received on or before 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The proposed rulemaking has been transmitted to the Federal Register for publication. An actual date of publication will be determined by the Federal Register, but a preview of the rulemaking proposal transmitted by PHMSA is available on the agency's website. For more information on the U.S. DOT's efforts to improve hazardous materials safety and awareness, including details about the proposed rule, visit the PHMSA website at www.phmsa.dot.gov.

No, not directly, but they did issue this Safety Advisory: Possession or Use of Battery-Powered Portable Electronic Smoking Devices Around, On or While Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) relating to the possession and use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).  In this Safety Advisory, the FMCSA states:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is issuing this safety advisory to provide notice of emergency discharge control equipment connected to and installed on cargo tank motor vehicles, which when improperly installed, do not operate correctly and can result in total loss of power to the cargo tank motor vehicle. This revised safety advisory updates and replaces the
previous advisory of the same title that was originally issued on November 25, 2015. Investigations conducted by PHMSA and the Railroad Commission of Texas identified cargo tanks in metered service transporting liquefied compressed gas to have improperly installed emergency discharge control equipment. Use of the improperly installed devices has resulted in unintentional shut down of the motor vehicle while in motion, resulting in loss of motive power, steering and braking functions.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this safety advisory to provide notice to owners and operators of certain cargo tanks that they have been improperly inspected and tested, and must be re-inspected and retested before being used in Hazardous Materials specification tank service. The tanks in question were tested by H&W Tank Testing, CT#8083, Ohatchee, Alabama, and Christopher Humphries, CT#13131, Jacksonville, Alabama. Cargo tanks that have been inspected and/or tested by either company from April 2011 through March 2016, must be re-inspected and/or retested in accordance with 49 CFR § 180.407 immediately by a cargo tank facility registered with FMCSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this safety advisory concerning pressure relief devices (PRD) that were not manufactured or intended for use on cargo tank motor vehicles. PRDs are an integral part of the safety mechanisms for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) specification cargo tank motor vehicles and are vital to ensuring the safety of hazardous materials transportation by highway.  

The Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) has recently completed training modules highlighting significant changes from the 2007 version to the 2011 version of the Ohio Fire Code (OFC). You can access the modules via links on the SFM’s website “2011 Ohio Fire Code Training Modules”. There you will find links to the International Code Council’s Campus (ICC) (where the modules are housed), a tutorial regarding how to create an account with the ICC and access the 2011 Ohio Fire Code Training Modules, and how to receive a certificate for completing the courses. There is also a technical support phone number for the ICC, and contact information for the SFM where you can provide feedback regarding the modules.

 
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