By Jeryl L. Olson, Ilana R. Morady, Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_30524071The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) just announced that it has amended the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). 81 Fed. Reg. 18527 (March 31, 2016).

It has done so by adopting its proposed regulatory

By Brent I. Clark and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000062437178MediumOSHA and its sister agency the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have just released a “Hazard Alert” on Worker Exposure to Silica During Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation.

We had previously blogged about NIOSH’s “Hazard Alert” for Worker Exposure to Silica During

By Ilana R. Morady and Craig B. Simonsen

shutterstock_30524071On August 6, 2014, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule modifying the requirements governing the transportation of lithium cells and batteries. 79 Fed. Reg. 46012.

The final rule revised hazard communication and packaging provisions for lithium batteries to harmonize the

By Andrew H. Perellis, Ilana R. Morady, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has adopted, retroactively, amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) to maintain alignment with international standards by incorporating changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed to modify its hazardous materials regulations as it affects the retail industry by adding a definition for “reverse logistics.” 79 Fed. Reg. 46748 (August 11, 2014).

PHMSA has been working on the proposal since July 2012, when

By Ilana R. Morady and Craig B. Simonsen

Oil Tanker Train CarsThe U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday released details of a “comprehensive rulemaking proposal to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail – particularly crude oil and ethanol.”

According to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx “safety is our top priority, which is why

By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, including sixteen Senators, have asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to extend its extended public comment period on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica for a full ninety days.

By Jeryl L. Olson and Philip L. Comella

After more than 10 years of negotiations with U.S. EPA, industry can claim a victory in exempting from full RCRA regulation, solvent-contaminated industrial wipes used to clean equipment or spills.

The victory comes in the form of a Final Rule issued by EPA on July 22, 2013

By Ilana R. Morady and Eric E. Boyd

Earlier this month in Geneva, the U.N. Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Danger Goods (Subcommittee) convened to consider additions and revisions to the U.N. Model Regulations (Regulations). The Subcommittee approved two noteworthy proposals.

By way of background, the Regulations cover all aspects of the transportation