On June 24, DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced it is extending its enforcement policy regarding training requirements. Specifically, the agency will not take enforcement action against a hazmat offeror or carrier who is unable to provide recurrent training in accordance with the existing hazmat regulations. The new policy has been extended to October 31, 2020.
PHMSA took this action noting that many companies who offer hazardous materials continue to experience difficulty in obtaining or providing recurrent training to their employees due to the changes in business practices that have resulted from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous policy was scheduled to expire June 24.
The notice of this extension is limited to recurrent training requirements only that are found in 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2). Click here to view the full PHMSA Notice of Extension.