Hazardous Materials Civil Penalties Increased

Hazardous Materials Civil Penalties Increased

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week significant increases in civil penalties for hazardous materials violations as follows:

  • The max fine for a violations having to do with hazardous materials transportation increased from $79,976 to $81,993 per day, per violation.
  • For a violation that results in death, serious illness, severe injury, or substantial property damage, the civil penalty rose from $186,610 to $191,316.
  • The minimum penalty for a hazmat training violation went up $12 to $493 per employee, per day.

It’s important to note that many of these fines are PER DAY, PER VIOLATION, which can be catastrophic especially for small companies.

Many companies routinely violate DOT Hazardous Materials laws, especially training requirements.

Any company who ships any hazardous materials must train their impacted employees how to complete shipping documents, properly label, etc, a minimum of every 3 years.

This includes hazardous waste, paint, chemicals, gases, etc.

These training laws apply for ANY QUANTITY SHIPPED, EVEN A SINGLE SHIPMENT PER YEAR!

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By |2019-08-15T17:06:08-05:00August 15th, 2019|Good To Know, Hazardous Waste Management, Texas Environmental Regulations, Texas Hazardous Materials Regulations|Comments Off on Hazardous Materials Civil Penalties Increased

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