2,700 Violations Reported in CVSA’s Surprise Hazmat/Dangerous Goods Inspection Blitz

Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced on Wednesday results of an unannounced five-day inspection initiative which focused on vehicles transporting hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/DG).

According to CVSA, the 2021 HM/DG Road Blitz took place June 21-25, and spanned the United States, Canada and Mexico.


In total, 13,471 HM/DG commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) were inspected.

In a press release, CVSA stated that in the U.S. and Canada, 10,905 CMVs and 8,363 HM/DG packages were inspected over the inspection period.

Inspectors identified 2,714 violations in the five-day span, including:

• 496 shipping papers violations;
• 628 non-bulk/small means of containment packaging violations;
• 390 bulk packaging/large means of containment placarding violations;
• 277 non-bulk/small means of containment labeling violations;
• 307 bulk/large means of containment placarding violations;
• 167 other safety marks violations;
• 288 loading and securement violations;
• 50 HM/DG package integrity (leaking) violations;
• 63 Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training Certificate violations (Canada only).


In addition, CVSA released a detailed summary of the HM/DG class types inspected, broken out by country and combined for the North American total:

Class 1Explosives, such as ammunition, fireworks, flares, etc.11590317522
Class 2Flammable, non-flammable/non-poisonous and poisonous.2863671,5642,217
Class 3Flammable liquids, such as acetone, adhesives, paints, gasoline, ethanol, methanol, some pesticides, etc.4841, 5263,1405,150
Class 4Flammable solids, substances liable to spontaneously combust and substances that, on contact with water, emit flammable gases, such as white phosphorus and sodium.10217133252
Class 5Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, sodium nitrite, ammonium nitrate fertilizers and oxygen generators.11026203339
Class 6Toxic and infectious substances; any material, other than a gas, that is so toxic to humans that it presents a health hazard during transportation, such as cyanide, biological samples, clinical wastes and some pesticides.11339120272
Class 7Radioactive materials, such as cobalt and cesium.96240138
Class 8Liquid or solid corrosive substances, such as sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide, that cause full thickness destruction of human skin at the site of contact within a specified time.1921601,1491,501
Class 9Miscellaneous HM/DG, such as acetaldehyde ammonia, asbestos, elevated temperature materials and benzaldehyde.114146430690

During the HM/DG Road Blitz, inspectors conducted inspections on CMVs containing HM/DG and any vehicles found to have HM/DG-related out-of-service violations, as well as any other driver or vehicle out-of-service violations, were restricted from traveling until all out-of-service violations were addressed.

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