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Hazardous Materials

Do you transport hazardous materials?

Hazardous materials are any substance defined by the Secretary of Transportation as posing an unreasonable risk to health and safety or property. Most people recognize gasoline, propane, or dynamite as being hazardous materials, but did you know that common materials such as paint, nail polish remover, adhesives, cleaning compounds, hair spray, matches, and others may be classified as hazardous materials? It is important to know if you are transporting hazardous materials because violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) carry civil fines of up to $27,500 and possible criminal penalties including up to five years in jail. Hazardous materials fall into one of the following basic classes and divisions:

Explosives 1.1 Non – Flammable Gas, 2.2 Organic Peroxide, 5.2
Explosives 1.2 Poison Gas, 2.3 Poison Liquid or Solid, 6.1
Explosives 1.3 Flammable & Combustible Liquids, 3 Infectious Substance, 6.2
Explosives 1.4 Flammable Solids, 4.1 Radioactive, 7
Explosives 1.5 Spontaneously Combustible, 4.2 Corrosive, 8
Explosives 1.6 Dangerous When Wet, 4.3 Miscellaneous, 9
Flammable Gas, 2.1 Oxidizer, 5.1 Consumer Commodities, ORM-D

To determine if a material you are transporting is hazardous, contact the shipper who provided the material or see the definitions of these materials in the hazardous materials regulations.

What do I need to do if I transport hazardous materials?

A motor carrier that transports a hazardous material, whether interstate, must comply with the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations, 49 CFR 100-185. These regulations include requirements such as registration, training, shipping papers, labels, placards, and packages. In addition, there are additional requirements in the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations which include insurance requirements, operational restrictions, Commercial Driver’s License endorsements, routing, parking and attendance requirements for hazardous materials.

You can get more information at these Web Sites:

There are many ways to get additional information about safe transportation of hazardous materials. The regulations and interpretations can be found on the Internet at http://hazmat.dot.gov . In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration has developed an informational booklet titled “How to comply with the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations” As well as a Spanish/English bi-lingual package which contains general awareness training for hazardous materials. These documents and more information can be found on the FMCSA website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/hm.htm . The department also offers a hazardous materials hotline at 1-800-HMR-4922.

Or you can call us. We can assist you with you Security Plans, General awareness Training, Function Specific Security Training, and the many myriad of things you must know and do, to be successful operating under the rules of Hazmat.

Keep in mind that you have more than 1 master with Hazmat. PHMSA is also looking and you as well as the FMCSA under the DOT. If you say have fireworks then you also have the ATF to contend with.

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LPS, Inc.
4387 Catherine Street
Springdale, AR 72764


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