Registration is now available for the November 13 Talking Freight Seminar  (please note this seminar is being held on a Tuesday)



Date/Time: November 13, 2018  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


Topic: Hazardous Materials Shipments: Economic and Safety Considerations




Description and Presentations: Hazardous materials shipments are often overlooked when examining non-safety related freight transportation needs, but they contribute significantly to the economic vitality of the United States.  They are transported across the country every day by trucks, railroads, pipelines, barges, and airplanes, ensuring those hazmat products meet our everyday needs and petroleum products and biofuels continue to drive the U.S. economy forward.  The recent increases in U.S. shale oil and gas supplies have impacted the entire freight transportation system as more crude oil and natural gas are transported to refineries and export facilities. Pipelines and railroads transport large volumes of petroleum products, raw materials and chemicals to connect production facilities with refineries and terminals. Trucks transport refined petroleum to commercial and retail fuel stations in every state. Ships import and export fuels and chemicals to support both the United States’ and the world’s energy needs.


This webinar will discuss hazardous materials supply chains and the regulatory oversight required to ensure the labeling, packaging, shipping and storage of hazardous materials meet state and federal requirements.  Particular focus will be given during the webinar to both truck and rail shipments, which handle most of the hazmat shipments within the U.S.


Hazardous Materials Supply Chains Overview

This presentation will provide an overview of hazardous materials shipments in the United States and explore several hazmat supply chains involving petroleum and chemicals.



Railroad Perspective on Hazardous Materials Shipments

This presentation will discuss the types of hazmat goods rail carriers transport, which includes crude petroleum, ethanol, fertilizers, and industrial chemicals used to manufacture consumer goods.  It will also address the safety issues rail carriers need to deal with when they transport those goods.



FMCSA Perspective on Hazardous Materials Shipments

This presentation will examine the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) initiatives to improve the roadway safety of hazmat shipments, including efforts to reduce rollover crashes, inspect cargo tanks, and generally promote the safe transportation of hazardous materials on U.S. highways.





If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on 


Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


In addition, those who are interested can obtain a certificate for 1.5 PDH hours.


If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or [log in to unmask] If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248, [log in to unmask].



Jennifer Symoun, PMP | toXcel
Director, Transportation Technology

Office: 703.754.0248 (x8208)
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