PHMSA issues two notices of extension through October 2020
June 25, 2020
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued two notices of extension to ensure continued guidance and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Notice of Extension of Temporary Policy for the Transport of Hand-Sanitizers
As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues, multiple companies continue producing essential products, such as hand sanitizer and other alcohol-based products, to support response efforts and help people practice good habits to stay healthy. The demand for these products remains high. To continue to provide appropriate guidance and facilitate the increased availability of these important products, the PHMSA is extending its temporary relief from certain requirements until October 31, 2020. This extension also expands to include rail transportation. Read the Temporary Extension to Transport Hand-Sanitizers.
Notice of Extension of Enforcement Discretion Regarding Hazardous Materials Training Requirements
The PHMSA understands that social distancing practices enacted by state and local governments in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency has made it difficult for many offerors and carriers of hazardous materials to meet certain training requirements. As a result, the PHMSA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the United States Coast Guard will extend their enforcement discretion for certain hazardous materials training requirements until October 31, 2020. Read the Extended Enforcement Discretion Notice for Hazardous Materials Training Requirements.