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The PHMSA Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) issues Safety Advisory Notices to help the public understand and resolve significant safety risks.  In most situations, the advisories address safety issues that pose an imminent hazard to the public.  For example, Advisory Guidance dealing with the Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices by Airline Passengers and Crew Members alerted the public to several recent incidents involving the short-circuiting or overheating of batteries and battery-powered devices that were improperly packed and handled aboard aircraft.  In some cases a Safety Alert will also be distributed to stakeholders.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Hazardous Materials Standards at 202-366-8553.

 
78 FR 16045 PHMSA-2013-0019 (Notice No. 13-3): Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Mar 13, 2013
 
77 FR 64590 PHMSA-2012-0170 (Notice No. 12-7): Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Oct 22, 2012
 
Consumer Fireworks Advisory Safety Letter PHMSA: Consumer Fireworks Advisory Safety Letter Jun 25, 2012
 
77 FR 22381 Federal Railroad Administration (Safety Advisory 2012¿01): Odorant Fade in Railroad Tank Cars Apr 13, 2012
 
77 FR 4398 PHMSA-2012-0015 (Notice No. 12-1): Safety Advisory Notice: Return of Radioactively Contaminated Tissue Holders Purchased From Bed Bath and Beyond Jan 27, 2012
 
77 FR 1975 PHMSA-2011-0328 (Notice No. 11-15): Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Jan 12, 2012
 
76 FR 71124 PHMSA-2011-0241 (Notice No. 11-10); Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Nov 16, 2011
 
76 FR 55736 PHMSA-2011-0198 (Notice No. 11-8): Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Sep 8, 2011
 
76 FR 53999 PHMSA-2011-0162 (Notice No. 11-7): Safety Notice: Transportation of DOT Special Permit Packages in Commerce Aug 30, 2011
 
76 FR 33023 PHMSA-2011-0122 (Notice No. 11-4): Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders - This notice advises the public that PHMSA has recently confirmed an undetermined number of certain (aluminum) cylinders were improperly marked and represented as DOT specification 3AL cylinders. Jun 7, 2011
 
75 FR 45697 PHMSA is issuing a safety advisory notice to remind offerors and carriers of hazardous materials of the risks associated with the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) by individuals operating motor vehicles that contain hazardous materials. Aug 3, 2010
 
75 FR 9638 PHMSA-2010-0046: The advisory alerts shippers and carriers to the importance of transporting lithium batteries safely. The advisory notice also informs the public of recent aviation incidents involving lithium batteries, provides information on the current regulations pertaining to lithium batteries and documents actions we have taken to date and future actions the hazards of these batteries. Mar 3, 2010
 
74 FR 51643 The advisory alerts shippers and carriers to the importance of transporting lithium batteries safely. The advisory notice also informs the public of recent aviation incidents involving lithium batteries, provides information on the current regulations pertaining to lithium batteries and documents actions we have taken to date and future actions the hazards of these batteries. Oct 7, 2009
 
2009 Consumer Fireworks Advisory letter This letter summarizes the regulatory requirements that apply to consumer fireworks shipments and provides a point of contact to obtain additional information. Jun 24, 2009
 
2009 Battery Safety and Compliance Advisory letter This letter is intended to notify the industry of serious safety problems and non-compliance issues regarding the classification, packaging, marking, labeling, documentation and transportation of spent batteries in commerce. Apr 3, 2009
 
2008 Nurse Tank Safety and Compliance Advisory letter This letter is intended to notify the industry of serious safety problems and non-compliance issues regarding the maintenance, filling, transport and use of nurse tanks in anhydrous ammonia service. Dec 24, 2008
 
72 FR 51297 PHMSA–2007–29133; Notice No. 07–08; Safety Advisory Guidance: Use of Mobile Acetylene Trailers Sep 6, 2007
 
72 FR 14167 PHMSA-2007-27493; Notice No. 07-02; Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices by Airline Passengers and Crew Members Mar 22, 2007
 
71 FR 77437 PHMSA-2006-26596; Notice No. 06-6 - Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; safety advisory notice Dec 26, 2006
 
71 FR 27307 PHMSA-06-24304 (Notice No. 06-2) - Safety Advisory: Correction to Safety Advisory Concerning the Manufacture, Marking, and Sale of Untested Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Correction of a safety advisory notice; May 10, 2006
 
70 FR 54444 PHMSA-2005-21159 (Notice No. 04); "Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice; Published 9/14/2005 Sep 14, 2005
 
70 FR 47273 PHMSA-2005-20104 (Notice No. 05-06); Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders; Safety advisory notice Aug 12, 2005
 
69 FR 68212 RSPA-2004-18975, Notice No. 04-5; Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders; Safety advisory notice Nov 23, 2004
 
69 FR 53497 RSPA-2004-18975, Notice No. 04-5; Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders; Safety advisory notice Sep 1, 2004
 
68 FR 44838 RSPA-03-14793 (Notice No. 03-9); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Stamping of DOT specification Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice; Jul 30, 2003
 
67 FR 63191 TITLE: "Safety RSPA-2002-11270 (Notice No. 02-8); Advisory: Unauthorized Stamping of DOT specification Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice Oct 10, 2002
 
67 FR 48702 RSPA-2002-11270 (Notice No. 02-07); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice; Jul 25, 2002
 
67 FR 45183 RSPA-2002-11270 (Notice No. 02-6); TITLE: "Modification to Safety Advisory Concerning the Retesting of Cylinders Without Calibration of Test Equipment"; Safety advisory notice; Jul 9, 2002
 
67 FR 45582 RSPA-2002-11270 (Notice No. 02-7); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice Jul 9, 2002
 
67 FR 10254 RSPA-2002-11270 (Notice No. 02-2); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice Mar 6, 2002
 
67 FR 3778 RSPA-00-7283 (Notice No. 02-01); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice; Jan 25, 2002
 
65 FR 63676 RSPA-00-7283 (Notice No. 00-13); TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Oct 24, 2000
 
65 FR 26657 RSPA-00-7283; Notice No. 00-4; TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Use of Non-Complying Portable Tanks for Transportation of Propane"; Safety advisory notice May 8, 2000
 
64 FR 69590 RSPA-99-5143; Notice No. 99-15; TITLE: "Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders Dec 13, 1999
 
64 FR 56835 RSPA-99-5143; Notice No. 99-12; TITLE: "Safety Advisory; DOT-3AL Cylinders in Carbon Dioxide Service; Manufacturer Product Recall"; Safety advisory notice; Oct 21, 1999
 
64 FR 56243 RSPA-99-5143; Notice No. 99-11; TITLE: "Safety Advisory; High Pressure Aluminum Seamless and Aluminum Composite Hoop-Wrapped Cylinders"; Safety advisory notice Oct 18, 1999
 
64 FR 52573 RSPA-99-5143; Notice No. 99-9; TITLE: "Hazardous Materials: Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Flammable Gas Torches Sep 29, 1999
 
64 FR 51824 RSPA-99-5143; Notice No. 99-6; TITLE: Safety Advisory; Use of Aluminum Pressure Relief Valves on Portable Tanks and Cargo Tanks in Anhydrous Ammonia Service"; Safety Advisory Notice Sep 24, 1999
 
64 FR 36743 RSPA 00-5143 (Notice 99-8); TITLE: Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Batteries and Devices That Contain Batteries"; Advisory Guidance Jul 7, 1999
 
63 FR 40786 Notice 98-7; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Marking of Compressed Gas Cylinders";Safety Advisory Jul 30, 1998
 
62 FR 60746 Notice 97-13; TITLE:"Safety Advisory: Unauthorized Cans Used to Package and Transport HC-12a, a Liquefied Petroleum Gas" Oct 16, 1997
 
59 FR 38028 For additional information see Notice No. 94-7; Safety Advisory; High Pressure Aluminum Seamless and Aluminum Composite Hoop-Wrapped Cylinders; Safety advisory notice; Jul 26, 1994
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