DOT awards $1M to hazardous materials training organizations

Grant intends to help communities enforce HM regulations, respond to incidents

Posted October 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on October 11 announced it has awarded $1 million to two non-profit organizations as part of its new Community Safety Grant program to improve the nation’s response to hazardous materials transportation incidents.

The new grant program, authorized by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, provides funding to nonprofit organizations to conduct national outreach and training programs to assist communities to enforce hazardous materials regulations, and prepare and respond to accidents and incidents involving the transportation of hazardous materials, including Class 3 flammable liquids.

PHMSA conducted a review of the training needs of the nation’s state and local personnel responsible for dealing with hazardous materials transportation related events and identified a gap in training for personnel responsible for enforcement. The grants focus specifically on the training of state and local personnel responsible for enforcing the transportation of hazardous materials, giving priority to nonprofit organizations that have the existing capacity to reach and train a huge quantity of these personnel throughout the country.

Recipients of the grants include the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives; and the Sustainable Workplace Alliance (SWA) a not-for-profit that aims to provide environmental, health, and safety training to America’s workforce.

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