HazMat haulers are exempt from 30 minute break rule

Midwest Environmental Services would like to report that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted hazmat haulers an exemption from the 30 minute break requirement of the Hours-of-Service regulations.

According to the publication, Midwest Environmental Services has learned that drivers transporting hazardous materials for motor carriers would be allowed to file security plans to allow them to count their on-duty “attendance” time for any hazardous cargo toward the 30 minute break requirement, as long as the drivers perform no other on-duty activity.

To learn more about this HazMat Exemption, please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990.

E-Manifests will soon be available for shipments

For a while the EPA and other stakeholders have sought to transform the hazardous waste manifest system from its current paper-based approach to one that takes greater advantage of electronic information technologies. Midwest Environmental Services generally supports the e-Manifest rationale which is aimed at adopting an electronic manifesting approach that would allow waste shipments to be tracked electronically, thereby mitigating the burdens and inefficiencies associated with the use of paper manifest forms.

Midwest Environmental Services is currently reviewing the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (“the Act”) signed into law by the President. The Act authorizes the EPA to establish and implement an e-Manifest System in partnership with industry and the states by 2015. The Act also requires EPA to adopt an e-Manifest regulation authorizing e-Manifests that are created and transmitted through the use of the e-Manifest System by October 5, 2013.

The scope of the e-Manifest will extend to all federally and state regulated wastes that require a manifest; use of e-Manifest, however, is optional to users.

To learn more about the new e-Manifest option please contact the Hamilton Ohio office at 513-681-9990.

CMV Drivers are prohibited from texting while driving

Midwest Environmental Services is aware that The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has published rules specifically prohibiting commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials from texting or using hand-held mobile phones while operating their vehicles.

This rule restricts a CMV driver from reaching for or holding a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication, as well as dialing while operating their vehicle. Midwest Environmental Services supports this safety measure and has developed policy to ensure compliance.

Please contact Midwest Environmental Services at 513-681-9990 to learn more about the risks of distracted driving.