January 30, 2015: (NPRM)(HM–233F) PHMSA To Amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations

 The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is proposing amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations that include adopting provisions contained in widely-used or long-standing special permits with established safety records. The revisions are intended to provide wider access to the regulatory flexibility that is offered in special permits while at the same time eliminating the need for numerous renewal requests which will reduce the paperwork burdens and facilitating commerce while maintaining an appropriate level of safety.
PHMSA is accepting comments from interested parties on the special permits that are deemed suitable and proposed to be adopted into the Hazardous Materials Regulations. PHMSA is also accepting comments on proposed requirements for special permit applications to include regulatory text in their applications.

Visit Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 for instructions on where to submit your comments and to read the complete proposed rule.


January 22, 2014 (SA) FAA Issues Alert on E-Cigarettes

The FAA has issued an alert for passengers who travel with e-cigarettes. There have been several incidents recently involving e-cigarettes in checked baggage that have over heated and caused a fire on the aircraft. These devices can over heat when heating element is accidently activated or left on. It is now recommended that e-cigarettes not be permitted in checked baggage and should only be carried in the cabin of the aircraft.

Click here to read the complete safety advisory

January 23, 2015: (NPRM) (HM–218H) Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments

PHMSA has proposed several amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations that would clarify certain regulatory requirements. The goal of the amendments is to promote safer transportation practices, address petitions for rulemaking, respond to recommendations from the NTSB, promote international commerce, make editorial corrections and simplify the regulations.
Some of the proposed changes include removing packing group II designation for organic peroxides, incorporating requirements for trailers of manifolded acetylene cylinders and providing requirements to allow for shipments of damaged wet electric batteries. The proposed rule also seeks to revise the requirements for packaging of nitric acid, testing of pressure relief devices on cargo tanks and shipments of black or smokeless powder for small arms.

To read the complete proposed rule and for more information about where to submit your comments please visit  Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 15


January 8, 2014: IATA Has Made Significant Changes and Amendments To The 56th Edition of the DGR

The 56th edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations incorporates all of the amendments that were made by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel and the changes that were adopted by the IATA Dangerous Goods Board. The IATA has published a list to assist users in identifying the main changes introduced in this edition. Please visit  the IATA  website for more infomration on the amendments and to view the list of changes.



January 8, 2014: (FR) PHMSA Issues Final Rule Under HM-215M

PHMSA released its final rule under HM-215M today. Although the rule was issued later than planned it will take effect retroactively to January 1, 2014.Since releasing the NPRM for this rule PHMSA received numerous comments. Those comments will be discussed in the next issue of HCB Monthly. The final rule can be viewed here.

Transport Canada has also announced several amendments to the TDG Regulations. They include harmonization with the international ban on the transport of lithium metal batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft on domestic flights, incorporating Protective Direction 33 into the TDG Regulations that will require rail shippers of ethanol, crude oil, gasoline and other flammable liquids to have an approved ERAP in place and adding ERAP requirmeents for sour crude oil and alcohols nos. In addition, new UN product numbers were added for petroleum sour crude oil and biomedical waste.

January 1, 2015: (FR) HM-215M: Harmonization Rule Available for Advanced Review

Although the HM-215M harmonization final rule is not going to be published until January 8, 2015 the rule is available for review and use on the Federal Register website. The effective date for both the provisions in the rule and the incorporation by reference material is January 1, 2015. The delayed compliance date is January 1, 2016.

PHMSA has incorporated various amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations in order to maintain alignment with international standards. The amendments include changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packing authorizations, air transport quality limitations, and vessel stowage requirements.