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This topic contains information about the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which consists of several divisions representing the various transportation modes.

Of particular importance for workplace safety are the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Security Administration (PHMSA), which regulates the transportation of hazardous materials, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is responsible for regulating commercial motor carriers and enforcing safety standards for these operations. In several areas, the DOT interacts with OSHA and other regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to coordinate standards and enforcement procedures.

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Final Rules 14 CFR Parts 91, 121, 125, and 135: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Aircraft Cabin Crewmembers 08/27/2013National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 13 - Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts 11/23/2020National
Final Rules 49 CFR 523, 531, 533, 536, and 537 -- 2017 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards 10/15/2012National
Proposed Rules 49 CFR 571 - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment 12/04/2012National
Final Rules 49 CFR 578 - Civil Penalties 11/27/2012National
Final Rules 49 CFR 578 - Civil Penalties 01/14/2021National
Questions & Answers Are shuttle trucks required to have becon or strobe lights on trucks while working on-site? 06/07/2012National
Employee News Articles Buckle Up  National
Regulatory Analysis Department Of Transportation  National
Final Rules Department of Transportation - Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts 07/31/2019National
Final Rules Department of Transportation: Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts 11/27/2018National
Questions & Answers Do we need to have MSDSs for company pickups? 01/04/2012National
Proposed Rules DOT - 49 CFR 571 - Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards: Test Procedures 12/10/2020National
Final Rules DOT - Civil Penalty Amounts 05/03/2021National
Final Rules DOT - Revisions to Civil Penalty Amounts 01/11/2021National
Interpretations FHWA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 12/13/2011National
Questions & Answers For shipments of IBCs using the exceptions in 172.336(d) and 172.514(c)(4), must an open flatbed transport vehicle be marked as per 172.302(a)? 09/21/2016National
Guidance Documents How to Use Hazardous Materials Regulations  National
Questions & Answers We have a client that has operations that include loading/unloading railroad cars... 12/04/2009National
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