In a combined effort PHMSA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have amended the requirements for Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).
This change directly affects the transportation of Class 7 (or radioactive) materials. The reason for the change is to unite HMR requirements with international standards for Class 7 transportation.
It is also to update and correct traditional requirements regarding Class 7 transportation.
Within the new law, PHMSA has amended the HMRs to incorporate the previous changes made by the 2009 IAEA Safety Standards handbook, wherein regulations for the safe transport of radioactive material were clearly defined.
However, it is important to recognize that PHMSA is making a few changes of its own to the ruling. These changes will provide clarification, classification, and a better outline for hazardous material transportation that line up with international public safety requirements.
This new method for harmonizing both domestic and international standards will create a better across the board group of requirements for companies and individuals to adhere to. Additionally, these changes also create a better environment for international trade that facilitates lower cost, improved safety, and enhanced standard integration.
Recently the amount of hazardous material transportation has greatly increased, giving greater credence to a move towards international hazardous material standards.
The federal government’s role in the restructuring of these laws has also been prominent. Both federal law and policy are in approval of domestic and international harmonization of safety standards.
In fact, the Federal hazardous materials transportation law encourages PHSMA to adhere to international standards. However, there are exceptions to every rule and at times international law may not suit the country’s best interest.
While working for both the public and commerce trade, PHMSA is an active member of the international society, and often encourages evolution of safety standards both domestically with HMR, and on the international stage.
PHMSA will continue to be a leader for international safety regulations with a particularly important role in the hazardous materials program.
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