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Mike Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration as Bumper To BumperŪ People of the Month for September, 2009

 

Of course you've heard of the rules of the road. But who makes those rules? This year we've been profiling the different agencies contributing to the regulations that govern and impact commercial vehicle driving. Earlier this year we profiled the DOT, the NHTSA, the AAMVA, the FMCSA, the AASHTO, the FHWA and the CARB. You can find all those profiles in our Article Archives. This month Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc., highlights the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

The PHMSA, part of the Department of Transportation, was created in 2004 to provide the DOT a more focused research organization and establish a separate operating administration for pipeline safety and hazardous materials transportation safety operations. Prior to that, the programs to ensure safety in both pipeline and hazardous materials transportation were a part of the Research and Special Programs. The PHMSA states its mission is "to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation." It aims to do this by focusing on five areas:


  • Safety: To reduce the risk of harm to people due to the transportation of hazardous materials by pipelines and other modes
  • Environmental Stewardship: To reduce the risk of harm to the environment due to the transportation of oil and hazardous materials by pipeline and other modes.
  • Reliability: To help maintain and improve the reliability of systems that deliver energy products and other hazardous materials.
  • Global Connectivity: To harmonize and standardize the requirements for pipeline and hazardous materials transportation internationally, to facilitate efficient and safe transportation through ports of entry and through the supply chain.
  • Preparedness and Response: To reduce the consequences (harm to people, environment, and economy) after a pipeline or hazmat failure has occurred.
PHMSA is the federal agency charged with the safe and secure movement of almost 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation. The agency also oversees the nation's pipeline infrastructure which accounts for 64 percent of the energy commodities consumed in the United States.

Cynthia Douglass, PHMSACynthia Douglass is the Acting Deputy Administrator.

The Web site at http://www.phmsa.dot.gov offers: training resources community preparedness and response guidelines information about state programs and grants data and statistics a glossary a library of publications plus news and updates regarding the safe transportation of hazardous materials via pipeline, truck and other means. Haz mat incidences can also be reported online at the PHMSA site.