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PHSMA Clarifies Training Requirements For Offeror

August 9th, 2005 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News

With further regards to haz-mat employee training requirements, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a Final Rule (July 2005) on the Applicability of the haz-mat Regulations to a "person who offers" a hazardous material for transportation in commerce. Adding to 49CFR 171.8, a "person who offers or offeror" means any person who does either or both of the following: performs, or is responsible for performing any pre-transportation function required for transportation of haz-mats in commerce; tenders or makes haz-mats available to a carrier for transport in commerce. PSMSA even noted that a "data entry person" who prepares a carrier master bill is a haz-mat employee, though the shipment and documentation is checked by another trained person. In this case, he or she must be trained and tested pursuant to 49CFR 172.704. DOT field agents are currently reviewing company compliance to haz-mat employee training, and non-compliance penalties are being issued.

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