As one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), PHMSA works to protect the American public and the
environment by ensuring the safe and secure movement of hazardous materials to industry and consumers by all transportation
modes, including the nation's pipelines. PHMSA provides the DOT a modal administration focused solely on its pipeline and
hazardous materials transportation programs. Through PHMSA, the Department develops and enforces regulations for the safe,
reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.3 million mile pipeline transportation system and the
nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air.
The Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) is the Federal safety authority for ensuring the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound
operation of the Nation's 2.3 million mile pipeline transportation system. OPS administers DOT’s national regulatory program,
developing regulations and other approaches to risk management to assure safety in design, construction, testing, operation,
maintenance, and emergency response of pipeline facilities ensuring the safe transportation of natural gas, petroleum, and
other hazardous materials by pipeline.
The OPS program consists of:
Enforcement Program to monitor and enforce compliance with pipeline safety regulations
Grants program to strengthen public participation in pipeline safety matters
The Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) is the Federal safety authority for the transportation of hazardous materials by
air, rail, highway, and water with the exception of bulk transportation of hazmat by vessel. OHMS promulgates a national safety
program to minimize the risks to life and property inherent in commercial transportation of hazardous materials.
The OHMS program consists of:
Evaluating safety risks
Developing and enforcing standards for transporting hazardous materials
Educating shippers and carriers
Investigating hazmat incidents and failures
Providing grants to improve emergency response to incidents
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As many of you already know, we have been experiencing system issues that include response time, password locking and some lost connection messages as well as some business rule modifications.
We are addressing the issues systematically but due to the heavy system usage some of the issues may continue to affect users for a short while longer.
We appreciate everyone’s patience dealing with these difficulties.