TSA has hazmat security recommendations

A set of security recommendations for transportation of certain quantities of hazardous materials across the nation's highways has been announced by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

TSA developed security action items for general security, personnel security, unauthorized access, and en-route security. General security measures include conducting security threat assessments, security planning, protecting critical information, and enhancing awareness of industry-security practices. Personnel security and unauthorized access refer to practices affecting the security of a motor carrier's employees, contracted employees, and its property. En-route security refers to the actual movement and handling of motor vehicles transporting highway security-sensitive materials. A full list of recommendations can be found at tsa.gov/highway.

The voluntary guidelines were developed over a three-year period by TSA's Highway and Motor Carrier Division, in close collaboration with government and private sector partners. The resulting recommendations are structured to allow motor carriers and shippers to adopt measures best-suited to their particular circumstances or operation.

TSA said it will consider the security action items for development as regulations. Questions and comments from industry may be e-mailed to [email protected].

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