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Hazmat regulations to maintain alignment with international standards

The Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, recently proposed amended rulemaking to continue aligning Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with international standards.

The proposed amendment seeks to coordinate the HMR with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods - Model Regulations.

"PHMSA proposes to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements," PHMSA stated. 

The new rulemaking includes changes that will create more flexibility when choosing from hazardous materials packaging options, revisions to standards on vessel stowage of explosives, and other revised rules.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are many risks present when transporting hazardous materials. Protect workers from these hazards by providing appropriate safety products, including respiratory protection, protective clothing, and safety glasses.