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Hazardous Materials Safety Enhancement Program Overview

PHMSA instituted the Hazardous Materials Safety Enhancement Program in an effort to initiate an office-wide enhancement and modernization effort through the development and implementation of plans and solutions to increase the accountability, operations and transparency of its Office of Hazardous Materials Safety.  See the action plans below for further details on PHMSA's efforts to improve its programs for Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants, Hazardous Materials Special Permits, and Hazardous Materials Approvals.

HMEP Action Plan

Special Permits Action Plan

Approvals Action Plan

Information Technology Action Plan


HMEP Action Plan

HMEP Action Plan Documents
HMEP Action Plan Documents
HMEP Grant Action Plan - As of January 2012 Office of Inspector General Audit Report - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Report Number AV-2012-040
Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program Recipient Review Assessment - August 2011 PHMSA's Approach to the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness Program Recipient Review Assessment Recommendations - January 2012
Additional information on HMEP grants  

Special Permits Action Plan

Special Permits Action Plan Documents
Special Permits Action Plan Documents
Hazardous Materials Special Permits Action Plan  - As of June 2010 Policy Statement regarding Associations - As of August 15, 2009 - Superceded by May 4, 2010 Policy Statement
Special Permit Safety Evaluation Forms - As of September 03, 2009 SP Interagency Coordination Process - As of September 03, 2009
Hazardous Materials Special Permit Standard Operating Procedures - As of October 05, 2009 Specialized Bulk Explosives Truck Inspection Action Plan
Memo to Active Grantees of Designated Special Permits Incorporation of Special Permits into HMR - As of February 05, 2010
Special Permits Identified for Further Assessment - As of February 05, 2010 Status Update on Special Permits Identified for Further Assessment - April 2010
Policy Statement Special Permits and Approvals Issued to Members of an Industry Association - May 4, 2010 DOT-SP 12677
DOT-SP 8554 DOT SP 10751
DOT SP 11579  

Approvals Action Plan

Approvals Action Plan Documents
Approvals Action Plan Documents
Approvals Action Plan - As of June 2, 2010 Federal Register Notice - Elimination of Expiration Dates for Classification Approvals
Approvals Standard Operating Procedure - As of June 2011 Approvals Safety Evaluation Forms - As of February 01, 2010
Approvals Tier 1 Fitness Evaluation Form - As of August 2010 Competent Authority Approvals for Members of Associations - As of January 2010
Approvals Interagency Coordination Process - As of January 26, 2010 PHMSA Plan for Publishing Approvals - As of March 04, 2010
Certification Agency Approvals Standard Operating Procedures - As of June 2011 PHMSA Order 3770.1 Safety Review Board
Plan for Converting Approvals into Regulations of General Applicability - Last updated on February 24, 2011 Plan for Approvals Identified for Further Assessment - As of February 3, 2011
Explosive Examination Agency Approvals Evaluation Criteria - As of August 2010 Lighter Testing Agency Inspection Checklist

Information Technology Action Plan

IT Action Plan Documents
IT Action Plan Documents
Data Management & IT Modernization Roadmap Special Permits and Approvals Data Collection and Analysis Plan
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017