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The FRA issued a new Safety Advisory related to operating practices around stations and terminals following rail passenger incidents on the East Coast last year.  Here a Chicago Metra commuter train makes heavy going through a snowstorm in Deerfield, Illinois in November of 2015. Image © 11/2015 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

DG Digest: FMCSA’s Clearinghouse Database, FRA Issues Safety Advisory, and PHMSA Seeks Feedback on HMR Harmonization

Welcome to December!  The last month of the year finds us launching into busy holiday preparations and also finds an extra busy past week when it comes to regulatory activity.  Let’s see what happened out there: FMCSA The agency announced its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to  extend an existing

The FRA issued a safety advisory that makes recommendations for increasing hazard mitigation for on-track railroad workers near operating trains.  The advisory applies to all federally regulated US railroad activity, including even holiday excursion services like the Southern Pacific “Daylight” steam locomotive operating on the Portland & Western Railroad in Oregon on November 26th, 2016.  Image © 11/2016 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

DG Digest: EPA Hazwaste Revisions, FRA Issues Safety Advisory, and PHMSA Special Permit Activity Spikes

Welcome back everyone!  Hopefully your Thanksgiving holiday was peaceful and fulfilling.  With the shortened holiday week things were a little bit slow in the regulatory world, however even so there were several items of note.  Let’s take a look: U.S. EPA The agency has published a significant revision to the hazardous waste rules that govern

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is being asked to help solve a control dispute involving a commuter rail agency and a common carrier freight railroad that share track.  At issue—hazardous materials.  Here, a CN freight train passes a Metra Electric Commuter train (Note: NOT the entities involved in the dispute) in Matteson, Illinois in February, 2015. © 2/2015 by Nikki Burgess; all rights reserved.

DG Digest: new safety database proposed, California hazmat rail dispute, and some cargo tanks are out of compliance

Mid-month finds the regulatory beat slowing a bit, perhaps in anticipation of the looming holiday season—however we’re on top of the news that did hit the street last week, and here it is: Consumer Products Safety Commission Retail manufacturer’s alert: household goods not classified by OSHA or PHMSA that may nevertheless contain harmful substances are

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8 ways to prevent reverse logistics headaches this holiday season

If you’re a Dangerous Goods specialist at a retailer that ships electronics, you’re probably more nervous this holiday season than a 3rd-string quarterback on 4th-and-20. And it’s all due to four words: Lithium batteries. Reverse logistics. We really don’t need to say any more about the headaches lithium batteries have caused shippers over the last


Top 10 hazmat products for
your last-minute Halloween party

Halloween is just three days away, and if you don’t have your costume or decorations yet, this is (in the immortal words of Woody from Toy Story) the perfect time to panic. But fear not! You’re a Dangerous Goods professional, with access to some of the coolest, edgiest, scariest costume-making and office-decorating material anywhere. You

Infographic | New IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for 2017

Infographic | New IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for 2017

Year after year, no transport mode sees more Dangerous Goods regulatory changes than air transport. That’s why it’s essential to have a complete grasp of each year’s changes as soon as possible—and why now is the time to order your copy of the 58th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Here’s a preview of