A survey recently conduced by Labelmaster contends that figuring out the multitude of regulations for the transport of hazardous materials is truly a challenge
And according to more than half of the 136 shipping executives surveyed (56 percent), even Albert Einstein would have had problems figuring out the 49 CFR — one of the government’s primary reference books that cover regulations, requirements and standards for U.S. hazmat transportation via highway, rail, air and water.
The survey also revealed a majority – 59 percent – find it challenging to keep up with the ever changing dangerous goods regulations.
“Between the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense, there are literally thousands of regulations governing the shipment of dangerous goods,” said Robert Finn, vice president of marketing with Labelmaster. “And, these complex regulations constantly change. Just two examples are the proliferation of new rules for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries, and new regulations for the burgeoning crude oil rail carriage industry.