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By JHMT StaffApril 3, 2020

Today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a Temporary Policy for the Transportation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19). The policy states:

"Because of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency [...] PHMSA intends to provide temporary relief from certain HMR requirements while continuing to maintain an appropriate level of safety for companies that are producing products under the FDA guidance. The relief provided herein is for the highway mode only. Shipments by other modes of transportation must meet all requirements of the hazardous materials regulations unless relief has been provided elsewhere."

Emphasis is ours. View the temporary policy (PDF) for full information. UPDATE: PHMSA has issued revised guidance to to remove the registration requirement regardless of quantity and to allow the FDA label as an option to PHMSA's text mark if it is visible. View the revised policy (PDF).

On Wednesday, April 1, PHMSA took action by issuing hazardous materials emergency special permits to entities seeking exemptions from specific requirements within the HMR. These special permits are deemed necessary in helping to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as well as for response and remediation efforts associated with the current emergency. PHMSA has issued 3 special permits so far, available on their website. That page will be updated as further special permits are issued. PHMSA also provides a link to learn more about obtaining a hazardous materials emergency special permit.

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