Operators of liquid propane pipelines should include 911 agencies in their educational programs, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended Oct. 14.

Special Permits Will Boost Hazmat Safety, Agency Hopes

These additions address salvage cylinders, alternative packaging for hazardous wastes, aerosols transported for recycling or disposal, and authorizations for rail tank cars to exceed maximum capacity and weight limits with specific Federal Railroad Administration approval.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced it wants to add 44 "special permits" for new safety products and technologies to the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Using the techniques, "which have established a strong safety record through the special permit process, will increase efficiency, encourage further innovation, and continue to ensure the highest standards of safety in the transportation of hazardous materials," the agency said.

"Safety is job number one at the Department of Transportation, and this proposal ensures that we are using safe, proven technologies which will allow us to increase productivity and compete in the global market," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "This rulemaking is our first step in incorporating tested transportation technologies and operations from longstanding special permits into the regulations, thereby promoting safety and facilitating innovation," said PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman.

According to the agency, hazmat special permits allow a company or individual to quickly and safely test and integrate new products and technologies into the production and transportation stream. If the technologies are shown to be at least as safe as the current regulations, they can be approved for general use through a rulemaking. The 44 special permits involved here include some that address salvage cylinders, alternative packaging for hazardous wastes, aerosols transported for recycling or disposal, and authorizations for rail tank cars to exceed maximum capacity and weight limits, provided there is specific Federal Railroad Administration approval.

The comment period for the proposal will end Feb. 22, 2010.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Comply with OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

    Collect relevant incident data and generate accurate OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 regulatory reports, including 300A CSV files for easy electronic submission to OSHA.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Easy to Use Safety Inspection App

    Conduct inspections on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Complete safety audits at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus