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PHMSA roundtable to focus on hazmat transportation safety

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will hold a public Research and Development (R&D) Roundtable on Oct 24 in Washington DC.

OHMS will host the meeting to provide an overview of its next broad agency announcement (BAA), which will help the agency meet its goals of promoting safety and fostering innovation. The meeting will provide an overview of the OHMS R&D program, internal and external processes behind the BAA, limits of the BAA, and the results of the 2017 BAA. All participants will have an equal chance to provide input for future consideration.

OHMS’ mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks posed by hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation. To this end, OHMS is particularly interested in research gaps associated with:

  • Development of new standards for bulk and non-bulk packaging
  • Improved materials and designs for hazardous materials packaging
  • Self (default) classification of hazardous materials and/or articles
  • Improvements to the North American Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Charge-storage device transportation safety
  • Innovative technologies to improve hazmat transportation safety

The Oct 24 roundtable will run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. Requests to attend the meeting must be received by Oct 22. Requests for accommodations for a disability must be received by Oct 21.

The roundtable will be held at the US Department of Transportation Conference Center at 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington DC 20590. The DOT requests that attendees pre-register for this meeting by completing the form at surveymonkey.com/r/BJMMQYM. Conference call-in capability will be provided.

Specific information about conference call-in meeting access will be posted, when available, at www.phmsa.dot.gov/research-and-development/hazmat/rd-meetings-and-events under “Upcoming Events.”

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