U.S. Dept. of Transportation Announces Regulatory Changes

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has updated its hazardous materials and international regulations. The new regulations are designed to create global harmonization for all hazardous regulations.

The new changes affect the following codes: the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations.

“Global Harmonization has been an ongoing movement for almost two decades,” says Benjamin Mangan, president of Mancomm, a national safety and compliance publisher. “Now that movement is stronger than ever and big changes are on the horizon. The Jan. 2011 updates represent the latest major wave of all the changes in store.”

Mancomm plans to release the new changes and regulations in the HazMat Global Harmonization System Update, a 36-page book. HazMat regulations issued by the PHMSA govern the transportation of hazardous materials by highway, rail, vessel and air. Compliance with the amended regulations is required beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

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