HazMat shipments

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by MACK E-6, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Was there a law passed in the last few years prohibiting shipments of certain hazardous materials in bulk?

    I recently delivered a transmission to a pest control guy who told me that he can't get some of his chemicals in 55 gal. drums anymore thanks to Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, even though 55 gals is not enough to be considered a bulk shipment.
     
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  3. pro1driver

    pro1driver Heavy Load Member

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    i don't think so, but i am giving you a link to browse through.



    http://www.google.com/search?source...,GGLD:en&q=hazardous+materials+bulk+shipments
     
  4. LogsRus

    LogsRus Log it Legal

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    I have no idea, we don't haul much haz-mat. I don't recall this being an issue though, but that doesn't mean it isn't true. I can ask Monday though? Let me know if you find out the answer.
     
  5. 2xR

    2xR Medium Load Member

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    I have not heard of any restrictions beyond the segregation rules that restrict hauling certain combinations of chemicals.

    On the other-hand, there are restrictions concerning unlicensed parties possessing some chemicals. Ammonium Nitrate comes to mind. I like to garden and corn is my favorite crop. It requires top dressing when about 18" tall. Top dressing involves applying a strong fertilizer (Ammonium Nitrate) between the stalks, then pulling lots of loose soil up on the stalks to provide stability for the growth spurt that will occur. Just to purchase a 100lb bag requires a photo ID and completing an identification form. I'd hate to think of the hassles of buying a truck load of the stuff.

    Odd that diesel fuel, the other ingredient needed to produce an explosive, has no restrictions.
     
  6. flitterby

    flitterby Light Load Member

    Have there been any changes in the laws about how a hazmat item is listed on the BOL? At work 2 weeks ago I was informed by another company that some of the rules have changed after I had put a hold on their shipment for improperly listed hazmat.
     
  7. cprioli

    cprioli Bobtail Member

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    There is a current regulation that changes the sequence in whijch the required information must be shown. The "old" sequence was Proper Shipping Name, Hazard Class, (subsidiary Hazard Classes), ID Number, Packing Group as in Hydrogen peroxide, Aqueous Solutions, 5.1 (8), UN2014, PGII. The "new" sequence, which is meant to conform to international standards, calls for the ID number to be first in the sequence, as in UN2014, Hydrogen peroxide, Aqueous Solutions, 5.1 (8), PGII. This is a minor change that went into effect 01/01/2007, and the implementation of this change is optional until 01/01/2013. This was published in the end of December 2006 as the final rule on HM-215I, and specifically modified 49 CFR 172.202 (as regards shipping papers).
     
  8. cprioli

    cprioli Bobtail Member

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    The only recent change that comes to mind in this area is the requirement for a "Hazardous Materials Safety Permit" when hauling certain quantities of specific hazmats as listed in 49 CFR 385.403.

    This section prohibits transportation of more than one liter (per package) of Zone A PIH materials without first obtaining the HMSP. It's a safe bet that certain materials used by exterminators would likely be PIH materials, and if those materials are classed as Zone A, the "119-gallon bulk rule" is pre-empted by 385.403...

    BTW -- the same holds true for Zone B PIH materials in standard bulk package quantities!
     
  9. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

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    If there is a new Haz-Mat rule then the LTL carrier that I work for don't know about it...LOL...and we carry lot's of Haz-Mat!
     
  10. LogsRus

    LogsRus Log it Legal

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    Is this what maybe he was referring to??? I don't know just skimming through the Haz-mat changes and I ran across the 55 pounts. I could be way off here Mack.

    HM PERMITTING - 49 CFR 385.400

    After January 1, 2005, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires motor carriers to obtain a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) prior to transporting certain highly hazardous materials. An HMSP is required to transport any of the following materials:

    A highway route-controlled quantity of a Class 7 (radioactive) material;
    More than 25 kg (55 pounds) of a Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 (explosive) material or an amount of a Division 1.5 (explosive) material requiring placarding under 49 CFR 172;
    More than one liter (1.08 quarts) per package of a "material poisonous by inhalation," that meets the criteria for "hazard zone A";
    A "material poisonous by inhalation," that meets the criteria for "hazard zone B," in a bulk packaging (capacity greater than 460 L (119 gallons));
    A "material poisonous by inhalation," that meets the criteria for "hazard zone C," or "hazard zone D," in a packaging having a capacity equal to or greater than 13,248 L (3,500 gallons); or
    A shipment of compressed or refrigerated liquefied methane or liquefied natural gas, or other liquefied gas with a methane content of at least 85 percent, in a bulk packaging having a capacity equal to or greater than 13,248 L (3,500 gallons).

    Here is the link to the changes and regulations.
    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/complyhmregs.htm
     
  11. im6under

    im6under Heavy Load Member

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    the thing that changed was he couldn't afford the shipping charges on only 55 gallons...
     
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