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 1||Explosives, such as ammunition, fireworks, flares, etc.||115||90||317||522|
|Class 2||Flammable, non-flammable/non-poisonous and poisonous.||286||367||1,564||2,217|
|Class 3||Flammable liquids, such as acetone, adhesives, paints, gasoline, ethanol, methanol, some pesticides, etc.||484||1, 526||3,140||5,150|
|Class 4||Flammable solids, substances liable to spontaneously combust and substances that, on contact with water, emit flammable gases, such as white phosphorus and sodium.||102||17||133||252|
|Class 5||Oxidizing agents and organic peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, sodium nitrite, ammonium nitrate fertilizers and oxygen generators.||110||26||203||339|
|Class 6||Toxic 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.||113||39||120||272|
|Class 7||Radioactive materials, such as cobalt and cesium.||96||2||40||138|
|Class 8||Liquid 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.||192||160||1,149||1,501|
|Class 9||Miscellaneous HM/DG, such as acetaldehyde ammonia, asbestos, elevated temperature materials and benzaldehyde.||114||146||430||690|
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.