Hazardous materials (hazmat) regulations apply to those persons that ship, offer or transport hazardous material in commerce. The Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations found in
Title 49 of the Code of Regulations, parts 100 - 185, govern the transportation of hazardous materials in both interstate and intrastate
Hazardous material regulations are
complex. Federal regulations set standards for hazard communications,
performance-oriented packaging, shipping, transporting, and incident
reporting. The regulations also set requirements for load securement
and hazard segregation, training, driving, parking, and routing
of hazardous materials shipments or transportation security. Related Minnesota laws define
requirements for the registration of hazardous materials shippers
Hazardous materials are defined as: a substance or material capable of posing unreasonable risk to health, safety, and property when transported in commerce,
as determined by the US Secretary of Transportation. 49CFR Part 171.8
Hazardous materials specialists are available to provide you with assistance in answering questions
regarding hazardous material or hazardous waste transportation. For questions call:
Mn/DOT - Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations:
USDOT - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: 800-467-4922 ext.1
Nurse Tank Inspection Checklist
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division, and Mn/DOT have created a Nurse Tank Inspection Checklist to aid carriers and drivers using anhydrous ammonia nurse tank. The checklist includes information on compliance with the motor carrier safety and hazardous materials regulations, as well as MDA rules. The checklist is available on the MDA Web site.
Hazmat Incident Reporting
Who should you inform if you are involved in an incident where a release or a suspected release of a hazardous material has taken place? The regulations in 49 CFR 171.15 and 171.16 govern such situations.
Hazardous Material Incident - You must notify the Minnesota Duty Officer. Click here for details.