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Incident Reporting

About Incident Reporting

Whom should I inform if I'm involved in an incident where a release or a suspected release of a hazardous material has taken place in transportation?
Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR Parts 171-180) require certain types of hazmat incidents be reported to PHMSA through the Hazardous Materials Incident Report Form DOT F 5800.1

Section 171.15 of the HMR requires an immediate telephonic report (within 12 hours) to the National Response Center following an incident 49 eCFR 171.15 .  You may call the NRC at 1-800-424-8802 or submit an online form at http://www.nrc.uscg.mil/nrchp.html.

Section 171.16 requires a written report for certain types of hazmat incidents within 30 days of the incident, and a follow-up written report within one year of the incident, based on certain circumstances. 49 eCFR 171.16

What is an Incident Report Form? 

Incident Report Form 5800.1 is a guidance document for preparing incident reports, and tabular summaries of hazardous materials incidents by mode, year, state, hazard class, etc.

For assistance in completing the Incident Report Form 5800.1 or any questions regarding the incident reporting requirements, please call the Hazardous Materials Information Center.  Call 1-800-467-4922