March 30, 2017 2:20 PM, EDT

PHMSA Harmonizes U.S. Hazmat Regs with International Standards

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on March 30 issued a final rule that amends U.S. hazardous materials regulations to harmonize them with international regulations and standards.

The rule makes changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quality limitations and vessel stowage requirements.

PHMSA also is adopting several amendments that result from coordination with Canada under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council.

“These standards have well-established and documented safety histories, and their adoption will maintain the high safety standard currently achieved under the hazmat regulations,” the agency said in a Federal Register post.

The agency noted that the revisions are necessary to harmonize the hazmat regs with recent changes made to 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.