Handling of Hazardous Materials

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The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety is contained within the United States Department of Transportation's Research and Special Programs Administration.

The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety provides information to aid in complying with the requirements set forth in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) on a web site at http://hazmat.dot.gov/training/training.htm. Using this web site, operators may find links to training requirements under the HMR, hazardous material transportation training modules, and instructions and guidance on the hazardous materials regulations.

The NBAA Safety Committee has compiled some best practices regarding the handling of hazardous materials, specifically, hazardous waste, in the NBAA Prototypical Business Aviation Safety Manual.

Additional Hazardous Material Information

  • Lithium Batteries

    Lithium Batteries

    Lithium batteries are frequently used in portable electronic devices brought on board aircraft and in installed aircraft systems. When handled improperly, lithium batteries can overheat and ignite, causing fires that are hard to extinguish. Learn more.

Hazmat News

DOT Bans Use of E-Cigarettes on Commercial Flights, Including Charters
March 9, 2016
The U.S. DOT recently issued a final rule that bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial aircraft. The ban affects scheduled airlines and charter flights in which a flight attendant is a required crewmember (aircraft with 19 or more passenger seats). The DOT said it created this regulation to improve air quality, reduce health risks and enhance safety. Read more.

FAA: Don't Put E-Cigarettes in Baggage Hold
Feb. 10, 2015
Electronic cigarettes are a potential fire risk in baggage stored in an aircraft's cargo hold, warns a recently issued FAA Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO). The FAA's Flight Standards Service recommends that such devices, if allowed by the operator, should be carried in the passenger cabin only, where an incident can be more quickly identified and mitigated. There have been multiple incidents in recent months of electronic cigarettes causing fires in luggage, either from being left on, or from the battery overheating, according to the FAA. Read more about the FAA's SAFO on e-cigarettes.

Required OSHA Training Offered in Nov. 20 Webinar
Nov. 14, 2013
NBAA will present a 90-minute webinar on Nov. 20 that will allow participants to satisfy mandatory Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training requirements that go into effect on Dec. 1. Specifically, OSHA's new Hazard Communication Standard is designed to bring the U.S. into compliance with new international requirements for labeling and handling instructions related to hazardous materials. OSHA published the requirements in the Federal Register in March 2012. The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. EST, and the cost to participate is $49 per person. Learn more about the webinar.

Hazmat: Hazardous to Your Bottom Line?
August 4, 2011
Last month, large freight operator FedEx incurred an unusually heavy fine from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of nearly $690,000 for mistakes in shipping hazardous materials (hazmat). Is there a lesson here for NBAA Members who carry hazmat? "Your pilots and anyone else involved in handling hazmat need to know and follow the rules and how to fill out the paperwork properly, every time," said W. Ashley Smith, Jr., of Jet Logistics, Inc., in Raleigh, NC, who serves on NBAA's Domestic Operations Committee. Learn more.

Handling Hazardous Materials? Know the Risks and Regulations
April 6, 2011
The ability to transport sensitive or outsized equipment is an important reason many companies rely on business aviation, but operators should be aware of the risks and legal restrictions on carrying hazmat. Learn more.