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PHMSA Notice of Enforcement Discretion for Sanitizing and Disinfecting Products

Monday, April 20, 2020

To support the continued supply of critical resources needed to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, PHMSA issued a notice of enforcement discretion for the transportation of sanitizing and disinfecting materials to be used in protecting the health and safety of employees.  Transportation companies that are essential to the nation’s economy have a need to continue to provide enough cleansing necessities, including hand sanitizers or disinfectant spray, to provide for the protection of their employees at locations that do not have ready access to soap and water.  As such, PHMSA’s enforcement discretion applies to the transport of these materials to locations, such as sorting facilities and loading and unloading facilities, where they will be used by employees that directly support the transportation operations of the carrier.  Additionally, enforcement discretion is limited to transportation by highway motor vehicle.