Special permits, formerly known as exemptions, are alternative methods for complying with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). PHMSA now requires each special permit application to include the name of the corporate CEO of the applicant, a point of contact for information about the special permit, a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System identification number, and the address of every physical location where the special permit will be used (this might include multiple applicant locations and even customer facilities) that are known at the time of the application.
Effective May 1, 2011 applicants were able to apply for special permits online at the PHMSA website; however, and the information on an applicant’s locations may be saved in the data fields and reused for renewals or other SP applications. In addition, PHMSA has issued a new rule on procedures for issuing emergency orders (restrictions, prohibitions, recalls and out-of-service orders) to address unsafe conditions or practices posing an imminent hazard; opening packages to identify undeclared or non-compliant shipments when the person in possession of the package refuses a request to open it; and the temporary detention and inspection of potentially non-compliant packages. This new authority went into effect May 2, 2011.
To find out how these proposals will affect your company, read “Special Permits, Enforcement Top DOT Agenda” (http://www.weldingandgasestoday.org/
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