As a motor carrier or shipper, your company may transport or handle hazardous materials (HM). A hazardous material is a substance or material which has been determined by the U.S. Department of Transportation to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce. The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) issued by DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) are set forth in title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR).
Ready To Assist
At Pro-Logic Compliance, we have become proficient at guiding companies towards compliance in all matters related to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). Our specialists are ready to assist you in identifying hazardous materials that your company may handle or transport. We will also assist your company in identifying and classifying each material utilizing the provided MSDS to cross reference the HMR’s HM Table. Identifying your company’s hazardous materials is only the beginning.
Pro-Logic Compliance will ensure packaging, labeling, and placarding also meet all DOT requirements. Our offices are prepared to assist in the creation process as well as the completion of a proper HM shipping paper.
All of your company employees that may complete paperwork regarding, or directly handle, material that has been deemed hazardous by DOT must receive specific training related to your daily operations. Pro-Logic Compliance will complete all of the necessary levels of training to ensure the health, safety, security, and property of your company and its team members and in compliance with HMR.
The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA), which has regulatory authority over hazardous materials transportation across all modes, published the HM-232 final rule on March 25, 2003. The HM-232 regulations require persons who offer certain types and quantities of hazardous materials for transportation or transport in commerce to develop and implement security plans by September 25, 2003. If your company has not met this demand, don’t panic. Pro-Logic Compliance is ready to help your company meet these challenging requirements today.
Customized Security Plans
Pro-Logic Compliance will perform a required Risk Assessment of your company operations. Upon completion of a Hazardous Materials Risk Assessment (HMRA), Pro-Logic Compliance will begin customizing a written Security Plan to meet your company’s requirements. Each Security Plan must be tailored to fit the demanding requirements of the HM-232 regulations. Pro-Logic Compliance, acting as a third party and Designated Employer Representative (DER), must deem your company’s Hazardous Materials Risk Assessment (HMRA), as well as your company’s customized Security Plan, classified and safety sensitive. This means that only necessary administrators within your company’s structure have access to the fully written version of this plan.return to top
Companies who offer for transportation or transport the following Hazardous Materials (HM) must develop and implement security plans that conform to the HM-232 requirements.
|Material||Threshold (if specified)|
|Class 7 – Radioactive||Highway route controlled quantity (HRCQ)|
|Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 – Explosive||More than 25 kg (55 lbs)|
|PIH in Hazard Zone A||More than 1 liter (1.06 quarts) (container)|
|HM in a bulk packaging (container)||Capacity of packaging equal to or greater than: Liquid or gas: 13,248 liters (3,500 gallons) Solid: 13.24 cubic meters (468 cubic feet)|
|HM in a non-bulk packaging||Total gross weight equal to or greater than 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs)|
Many motor carriers include security measures in their standard operating policies and procedures. The HM-232 final rule requires a more systematic approach to transportation security and a specific focus on potential terrorists or criminal threats. Your company officials should also be aware that the US Patriot Act, passed in October 2001, included a provision for requiring background checks for individuals operating motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials (HM). The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) enacted regulations on May 5, 2003 implementing this provision. These rules require routine background checks for drivers with a Haz-Mat endorsement on their CDL. The required background checks must include a review of criminal, immigration, and FBI records. Pro-Logic Compliance will review CDL drivers’ endorsements to ensure that your company drivers meet these requirements. Pro-Logic Compliance may also guide and assist your company’s drivers in obtaining the required Haz-Mat and / or Tanker endorsements. Each individual state agency requires all CDL drivers to go through their licensing state to obtain these endorsements. Pro-Logic Compliance can not endorse drivers to transport hazardous materials in commerce.
Pro-Logic Compliance assists numerous interstate and intrastate motor carriers in attaining and maintaining full compliance with all guidelines set forth by the Federal Department of Transportation.return to top