PHMSA Offers Mobile App for Code of Federal Regs

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The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has developed a new online Code of Federal Regulations Mobile Application (oCFR) that is a simplified version of the web-based application which was released to the public in March 2016. Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for use of iOS and Android mobile devices, the oCFR app provides the first-ever access to search, view, and navigate the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) in 49 CFR parts 100-180 for the classifying, handling and packaging of hazardous materials by highway, rail, aircraft and vessels. Those regulations indicate which types of hazmat incidents must be reported to PHMSA.

Section 171.15 of the HMR requires an immediate telephonic report (within 12 hours) to the National Response Center. Section 171.16 requires a written report for certain types of hazmat incidents within 30 days of the incident, and a follow-up written report within one year of the incident, based on certain circumstances. Additionally, the Incident Report Form 5800.1 is a guidance document for preparing incident reports and tabular summaries of hazardous materials incidents by mode, year, state, hazard class, etc.

The mobile app also provides the first mobile access to PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Regulations in 49 CRF parts 190-199, which provide the federal minimum safety standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance, and spill response planning for pipeline and liquefied natural gas facilities involved in the transportation of natural gas and hazardous liquids within the U.S. Today, more than 2.5 million miles of pipelines deliver oil and gas to communities and businesses across the U.S., according to PHMSA. The mobile app is also unique in that it allows users to navigate regulations at the paragraph level.

PHMSA provides access to retrieve data from the Incident Reports Database, including reports which provide statistical information on incidents by type, year, geographical location and others. The information is provided from the Hazardous Materials Incident Report Form 5800.1. Incident data and summary statistics for previous years are provided in a new easy to navigate format. Data is updated nightly and can be downloaded into Excel or PowerPoint. Also, some reports have interactive graphs that can be changed, based on pre-selected prompts. A new enhancement enables users to drill down to view specific computer-generated incident reports representative of the F5800.1 form.

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