Oklahoma HazMat Transportation laws & safety compliance analysis

Oklahoma HazMat Transportation: What you need to know

· Rules. Oklahoma adopts by reference the federal hazardous materials regulations as they apply to motor carriers with some exceptions that apply to intrastate farming operations. Oklahoma also has additional reporting requirements in the event of certain hazardous materials incidents.

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Any company engaged in containment, removal, and/or remediation of hazardous materials spills on highways in Oklahoma must be licensed by DEQ. See the state section EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE for more information.

· Administration and enforcement. DPS administers and enforces the motor carrier safety and hazardous materials transportation regulations. OCC is in charge of registering and permitting.

DEQ administers and enforces the regulations for cleanup services and operators.

47 OSA 230.8

In addition to the federal reporting requirements, anyone involved in an incident or accident during the transportation, loading, unloading, or related storage in any place of a hazardous material must immediately report, by telephone, to DPS if that incident or accident involves:

  • A fatality due to fire, explosion, or exposure to any hazardous material;
  • The hospitalization of any person due to fire, explosion, or exposure to any hazardous material;
  • A continuing danger to life, health, or property at the place of the incident or accident; or
  • An estimated property damage of an amount to be determined by DPS by regulation.

A written report must be submitted to DPS on a Department form, or in lieu of that, a copy of the written report submitted to the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). Each report submitted must contain the time and date of the incident or accident, a ...

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