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Incident Reporting

About Incident Reporting

Who should I inform if I'm involved in a hazardous material incident that has taken place in transportation?

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) require certain types of hazmat incidents be reported.

Section 171.15 of the HMR requires an immediate telephonic report (within 12 hours) to the National Response Center (NRC) following an incident (49 eCFR 171.15). You may call the NRC at 1-800-424-8802.

Section 171.16 requires incidents to be reported through PHMSA within 30 days of the incident, and a follow-up written report within one year of the incident, based on certain circumstances, to be reported to PHMSA through the Hazardous Materials Incident Report Form DOT F 5800.1 (49 eCFR 171.16).

What is the Incident Report Form 5800.1?

The Incident Report Form 5800.1 is a written report required by Section 171.16 of HMR that must be submitted within 30 days of a hazardous materials transportation incident, as defined by the HMR. The information collected on the report is used by PHMSA and other agencies to mitigate risk, analyze gaps, and enhance safety.