Hazardous Material Compliance News
United Parcel Service, more popularly known as UPS, made an announcement that it will begin to pass on hazardous material information by electronic means – either by fax or phone fax beginning June 1st this year. â€¨â€¨This latest process of transmitting shipping paper information has been made official by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA).
The hazardous material compliance special permits work only on UPS small package trailer-tractor setup, which refers to the movement of small shipments from UPS depots that will be delivered by tractor-trailer. All other UPS operations including UPS Freight will continue to transport hard-copy shipping papers for hazardous materials.
Early this year, both the PHMSA and UPS began a coordinated outreach effort to update and instruct the expected major groups that will respond to emergencies and they include the police, fire fighters, highway patrol, sheriffs, emergency medical organizations and any other people who needs to be educated on the modifications in hazardous materials communications.
With this new communications method, whenever an emergency group or inspector asks for hazardous material shipping papers, drivers will be able to provide a toll-free number which they can call to be able to access documents that include the manifest of any hazardous materials within a shipment.
This new process will modernize and restructure the methods used in providing pertinent information with responders and inspectors.
A New Role in Hazardous Material Compliance
UPS will prepare the necessary documentation, wrap, tag and label hazardous material shipments in behalf of the shipper. They will also provide technical assistance in the preparation of a hazardous material shipment federal and international hazardous material compliance.
As part of their technical support efforts, they are conducting hazardous material seminars, which cover ocean, air and ground transportation. Clients can also request for customized seminars.
Hazardous Materials Regulations are set by the US Department of Transportation. These regulations establish the rules and criteria for the shipping of hazardous materials in the US.
If these strict requirements are not followed, the culprit may be in for some heavy fines and even prison.
Similar to all types of federal rules and regulations, there are also a few exceptions and variations with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. UPS has set a training program that will help potential participants to identify and recognize the important requirements in shipping hazardous materials and how to make sure that they are satisfied.
They have also set up and developed an online guide to assist in the preparation of hazardous material and dangerous goods shipments for the UPS parcel system. As new regulations come out, UPS will consistently assess the impact of their various hazardous material services and will post updates to the Internet guide.
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