The move of the United States Department of Transportation to require the implementation of DOT Hazardous Materials Training is very timely.
This Emergency Order compels all shippers to test products coming from the BAKKEN formation. It is meant to guarantee proper classification of crude oil before transportation by rail.
Products must be tested and classified properly for the welfare of communities located along rail lines all over the country. This shows that government ensures the safe transportation of crude oil.
Emergency orders are designed to protect the environment as well as general public from hazards. The latest DOT directive is the result of recent incidents of train derailment carrying crude from said region in less than one year. The classification is part of Operation Classification which is also described as “BAKKEN BLITZ.”
Manufacturers and suppliers of crude oil for transportation using the rail system should see to it that the product is properly tested and classified according to federal safety rules.
The DOT Hazardous Materials Training order also calls for Class III crude oil shipments to be categorized as Packing Group I or II. This entails the use of more durable tank cars. A lower risk designation called Packing Group III will not be accepted until further notification.
Shippers are mandated to employ nine hazard classes as guide for proper classification of hazardous materials. In short, the material is packaged appropriately and the risk is communicated accurately to emergency responders.
Shipping crude oil without appropriate tests and classification could lead to shipment in containers which have not passed safety standards and lead responders to follow the wrong protocol in taking action when an oil spill occurs.
The DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration conducted a DOT Hazardous Materials Training workshop in Minot, North Dakota. Field personnel held the training at the 60th Annual State Fire School sponsored by the North Dakota Firefighters Association.
The primary goal is to provide information about hazmat response and the use of Emergency Response Guidebook. Rail safety is a national priority. The DOT strives to put in force its requirements and cut down risks associated with safe conveyance of all materials.
The PHMSA along with the Federal Railroad Administration have come up with multiple safety advisories relevant to safe transport of crude oil by rail. This includes the January 2nd Safety Alert.
Last year, both agencies launched Operation Classification in the area of BAKKEN to validate that crude oil was being classified correctly. Officials announced proposed fines as well as activities like DOT Hazardous Materials Training, impromptu spot inspections, data collection and sampling at strategic areas servicing crude oil.
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