Pipeline safety agency asks for input on using electronic hazard communication
Washington — The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is seeking input as it considers implementing electronic hazard communication as an alternative to paper-based documents.
According to a Request for Information published in the July 11 Federal Register, PHMSA is looking to amend Hazardous Materials Regulations that require hazard communication to be maintained in paper form during transportation. PHMSA defines hazard communication as “shipping papers, train consists, dangerous goods manifests, notifications to the pilot in command and emergency response information, as well as associated administrative documentation” such as Department of Transportation Special Permits, approvals and registrations.
“However,” PHMSA says, “widely adopted technologies could supplement, or replace, the existing paper-based hazard communication system and offer opportunities for improved emergency response and oversight, as well as increased efficiency in the operations of transportation networks.
“PHMSA anticipates that electronic communication would improve transportation safety, efficiency and effectiveness by providing electronic access to the same required information currently contained in hazard communication documents.”
The deadline to comment on the RFI is Sept. 9.