The Research and Special Programs Administration is establishing new requirements to enhance the security of hazardous materials transported in commerce. Shippers and carriers of certain highly hazardous materials must develop and implement security plans. In addition, all shippers and carriers of hazardous materials must assure that their employee training includes a security component. This final rule is effective March 25, 2003.
By September 25, 2003, each person who offers for transportation in commerce or transports in commerce one or more of the following hazardous materials must develop and adhere to a security plan for hazardous materials that conforms to the requirements of 49 CFR 172 Subpart I:
- A highway route-controlled quantity of a Class 7 (radioactive) material, as defined in � 173.403 of this subchapter, in a motor vehicle, rail car, or freight container;
- More than 25 kg (55 pounds) of a Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 (explosive) material in a motor vehicle, rail car, or freight container;
- More than one L (1.06 qt) per package of a material poisonous by inhalation, as defined in � 171.8 of this subchapter, that meets the criteria for Hazard Zone A, as specified in � 173.116(a) or 173.133(a) of this subchapter;
- A shipment of a quantity of hazardous materials in a bulk packaging having a capacity equal to or greater than 13,248 L (3,500 gallons) for liquids or gases or more than 13.24 cubic meters (468 cubic feet) for solids;
- A shipment in other than a bulk packaging of 2,268 kg (5,000 pounds) gross weight or more of one class of hazardous materials for which placarding of a vehicle, rail car, or freight container is required for that class under the provisions of subpart F of this part;
- A select agent or toxin regulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under 42 CFR part 73; or
- A quantity of hazardous material that requires placarding under the provisions of subpart F of this part.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gorsky, (202) 366-8553, Office of Hazardous Materials Standards, Research and Special Programs Administration. The complete rule can be downloaded from RCP’s website here through the Response Planning Gateway.