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Recent Issue Summaries

In This Issue: November/December 2017

Topics of interest in the November/December 2017 issue of The Journal of HazMat Transportation.

PHMSA RESPONSE TO EXECUTIVE ORDERS AIMED AT REGULATORY REFORM
Through a series of executive orders, the President has directed agencies to scrutinize their regulations and other agency actions.  This article reviews the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) response to the President’s directive for regulatory reform. DOT and PHMSA Regulatory Reform in Response to Presidential Executive Orders

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR 52ND SESSION OF THE UNSCETDG
From November 27 – December 6, 2017, the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (SCETDG) will hold its 52nd session in Geneva, Switzerland. This report reviews the formal proposals (working papers) and informal (INF) papers that will be addressed at the meeting.  Pre-Meeting Report on Proposals to be Discussed at the 52nd Session of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

CLASSIFICATION OF FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
In the last edition, we looked at some of the properties of flammable liquids and how they affect the flammability hazard.In this edition, we look at the flammable liquid classification criteria and see how the properties of flammable liquids are used (or not used) for classification. Flammable Liquid Classification 

U.S. HAZMAT REPRESENTATION AT ICAO
In response to industry requests, PHMSA was named to lead the U.S. delegation to the Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This article discusses reasons for making the leadership change. U.S. HazMat Representation at ICAO: PHMSA Regains Leadership Position at the Dangerous Goods Panel

DIFFERENCES IN AEROSOL DEFINITIONS
Four organizations have petitioned PHMSA to harmonize the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) definition for aerosols with that of the United Nations Model Regulations. This article discusses the differences in the definitions and the potential impacts of the proposed change. New Petition to Harmonize HMR and International Aerosol Definitions

TRAINING HAZMAT EMPLOYEES: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Questions frequently arise concerning the provisions of the HMR for training hazmat employees and for identifying those employees who are “hazmat employees”. This article reviews PHMSA letters of interpretation intended to clarify training requirements. Looking at Hazmat Training as Addressed in DOT Letters of Interpretations 

FACILITATING DISASTER RESPONSE
In the wake of national disasters, the ability to swiftly obtain necessary authority to recover and transport hazardous materials that may have been compromised or that are critically needed in affected areas is of critical importance. Congress included provisions in the “FAST Act,” to streamline the process by which PHMSA can approve hazmat transportation during national emergencies. Disaster Planning and Response – PHMSA Takes a Lead 

PHMSA RULEMAKING AGENDA
PHMSA recently updated information on those rules it intends to issue in the end of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, and indicated its intention to issue NPRM HM-215O, the international harmonization rulemaking , in July 2018.  This report summarizes these intended actions.   PHMSA Announces Intentions for Rule Issuance for 2017 and Early 2018

NAS REPORT: SAFELY TRANSPORTING ENERGY PRODUCTS
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) announced a report, Safely Transporting Hazardous Liquids and Gases in a Changing U.S. Energy Landscape, which examines the  long-distance movement of energy liquids and gases within the U.S. by tank cars, pipelines and tank barges, and makes recommendations aimed at reducing the likelihood of future incidents and ensuring the effectiveness of emergency response. NATIONAL ACADEMIES REPORT:  SAFELY TRANSPORTING HAZARDOUS LIQUIDS AND GASES IN A CHANGING U.S. ENERGY LANDSCAPE 

PRE-MEETING REPORT FOR 34TH SESSION OF THE UNSCEGHS
The United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals Sub-Committee (UNSCEGHS) will meet in Geneva on December 6-8, 2017 for its 34th session and second session of the 2017-2018 biennium which will result in the 8th revision to the GHS. This report summarizes the working papers and informal papers submitted for the meeting at the time of writing. Pre-Meeting Report on 34th Session of the UN GHS Sub-Committee Meeting

COMMENTS ON DOT LETTERS OF INTERPRETATION
Comments are provided on recent interpretations from DOT concerning using “STABILIZED” in a proper shipping name under the HMR versus the IMDG Code, regulation of an article containing less than one gram of a Division 4.3, PG I material, and use of older editions of the Emergency Response Guidebook. Comments on DOT Interpretations

CVSA BULLETIN: DISPLAY OF GHS LABELS ON BULK PACKAGES
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has issued an Inspection Bulletin (2017-03 – Display of GHS Labels on Bulk Packages) to provide guidance on GHS labels and their display on bulk packages while in transportation.  The guidance is in response to questions that have arisen concerning display of GHS pictograms and labels on bulk packages in transportation. CVSA ISSUES GUIDANCE ON DISPLAY OF GHS LABELS ON BULK PACKAGES