There are a few things that we can count on: death, taxes, and PHMSA rating their penalties every year.  

In a final rule published on March 21, 2022, several agencies, including the DOT raised civil penalty amounts. In addition, this final rule notes the new DOT civil penalty authority provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act). 

Of note, the new maximum penalty for a hazardous materials violation increased to $89,678.00, a $5000.00 increase! If the violation includes a death, serious illness, or severe industry, you can expect a whopping $209,249.00 fine. 

A more common violation also increased; Training, from $508.00 to $540.00. 

What can you do? 

All hazmat employers must train employees as well as keep proper records of said training. In addition, they must show due diligence in all other areas including packaging, marking, labeling, shipping papers, placarding, emergency response, and security plans.  

Need help identifying what is required for your company? Give us a call.  

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.