Michigan HazMat Transportation laws & safety compliance analysis

Michigan HazMat Transportation: What you need to know

  • Rules. Michigan has adopted the federal hazardous materials regulations as they apply to motor carriers. Michigan has additional requirements for discharge notification, transfers of hazardous materials, and transportation on public routes. Michigan also has unique requirements for the transportation of combustible liquids and gases and bulk flammable liquids and gases.
  • In addition to a commercial driver's license, anyone carrying hazardous materials in amounts requiring placards is required to have a hazardous materials endorsement. Before applying for this endorsement, a driver must undergo a federal security threat assessment. See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS for more information.

  • Administration and enforcement. MSP is responsible for enforcing the hazardous materials regulations in Michigan. The Department of State issues commercial driver's licenses in the state.
    MCL 480.19
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    In addition to the federal discharge notification requirements, motor carriers in Michigan must also immediately notify DPS and the organized fire department of the area in which the incident occurred if:

    • A person is killed.
    • A person is hospitalized due to an injury.
    • A person is hospitalized due to hazardous material contamination or exposure.
    • There is an unintentional release of hazardous materials that affects highway transportation safety or is caused, or believed to be caused, by a violation of laws and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials transportation.
    MCL 480.22

    No one may transfer or allow to be transferred a hazardous material from a cargo tank, portable tank, or any other container to any cargo tank, ...

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