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DOT relaxes hazmat rules for airbags and seat belts

A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule relaxes the hazardous material (hazmat) shipping requirements for air bags and seat belt pretensioners. Dealership parts and service departments and body shops receive and ship a variety of hazmat, including chemicals, batteries, solvents, oils and wastes in addition to air bags and seat belt pretensioners. Effective August 29, 2013, the new federal rule eliminates the need to obtain explosive (EX) numbers for use on shipping papers accompanying air bag modules, inflators and seat-belt pretensioners. Dealerships will still need to properly package and mark these items before shipment. And dealership employees who receive, ship, or transport hazardous materials must still be trained every three years on the DOTs hazmat packaging, labeling, and shipping rules. NADAs A Dealer Guide to the Federal Hazmat Transportation Regulations (publication L37) is currently being revised to reflect these and other recent changes. For more information, contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at 703-821-7040 or

OSHA decides not to change popular regulatory assistance consultation

OSHA has decided not to change the rules governing its On-Site Consultation Program, following objections from several small business groups, including NADA. The proposed changes could have weakened the separation between on-site consultation and OSHA enforcement and so acted as a disincentive for dealerships to access the program. NADA has long said that OSHA On-Site Consultations are one way for dealerships to review their federal or state OSHA compliance and to improve workplace health and safety. For more information on the program, click here or email NADA Regulatory Affairs at

EPA excludes solvent-contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regs

EPA issued a rule conditionally excluding solvent-contaminated wipes from its hazardous waste regulations, provided dealerships manage them properly. Generally, wastes contaminated with EPA-listed solvents become hazardous and must be managed as such. Under the new rule, used wipes contaminated with EPA-listed solvents are not considered hazardous waste if they are:

Stored in closed, labeled containers.

Liquid-free when sent off-site for cleaning or disposal.

Not accumulated for more than 180 days.

NADA recommends using these management strategies for all used wipes. For more information on EPAs new rule, click here or contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at or 703-821-7040.

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