‘Why do I need a new Air Regs book every year?’

I’m often asked:   why do I need a new Air Regs book every year?  Always an interesting question and the answer changes every year!   For 2015 though, it’s really simple. This is an ICAO year, one in which there’s  a new edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions which is worldwide legal requirements for transporting dangerous goods by air. When the FAA or DOT comes to do an inspection, something they can do at any time without forewarning, they will want to see that your documentation and operations are current with the latest legal requirements (i.e., the 2015 – 2016 TIs). Continue reading

USDOT/FRA Issues Final Rule Mandating Improved Employee Training for Railroads, Contractors, Related Groups

The FRA’s new regulation mandating improvements to safety related training in the rail industry applies across a wide scope of operations, including not only large and small railroads and related contractors but also to tourist rail operations running on the national system, like this preserved Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive owned by the Fort Wayne Historical Society and operating over Norfolk Southern rails at Tolono, Illinois in 2011. (©9/2011 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)

The FRA’s new regulation mandating improvements to safety related training in the rail industry applies across a wide scope of operations, including not only large and small railroads and related contractors but also to tourist rail operations running on the national system, like this preserved Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive owned by the Fort Wayne Historical Society and operating over Norfolk Southern rails at Tolono, Illinois in 2011. (©9/2011 by Paul Burgess, used with permission)

On Friday, November 7th, 2014, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a final rule mandating significant improvements to the way training and the documentation of training for both railroad employees and the employees of railroad industry contractors (i.e. track and infrastructure construction maintenance and other activities related to actual operations) is structured and conducted.  The new rule is notable for its broad scope and application across a range of industry participants, as well as the detailed requirements it sets forth for affected parties. Continue reading

Infographic | What exactly are Dangerous Goods?

Beyond explosives, corrosives and other flammable or radioactive materials, the Dangerous Goods classification encompasses a surprising array of everyday items. This infographic takes a look at some of the things people might be surprised to learn are regulated when it comes to shipping.

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Identifying Non-hazardous Materials Effectively for Transport

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Transporting containerized products like those aboard this BNSF train westbound at the summit of Edelstein Hill in central Illinois may require clearly identifying both hazardous and non-hazardous materials in the same shipment. (©October 2014 Paul Burgess used with permission)

The United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a major revision to the regulations governing hazard communication in the US 29 CFR 1910.1200 in May of 2012.  The revision, which in large measure conformed US hazard communication standards, or the HCS, to those of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, or GHS, is becoming effective over a three year time span from December 2013 to December 2016.  As the regulation begins to mature, a variety of issues have begun to become of interest to shippers attempting to comply. Continue reading

OSHA Announces November 12th, 2014 Washington Meeting in Preparation for December UN GHS Conference in Geneva

In the October 29th edition of the Federal Register, the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued a notice announcing that a public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on November 12th from 1 PM to 4 PM Eastern Time (EST) addressing the planned agenda and issues to be discussed as well as any proposed response to such issues by the United States at the United Nations Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals (i.e., GHS) meeting to be held in December in Geneva, Switzerland.

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