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Competency Based Training — The Path to DG Workforce Performance

Competency Based Training — The Path to DG Workforce Performance

At the recent Labelmaster Dangerous Goods Symposium (DGS) ,  Teun Muller, the Panel member nominated by The Netherlands to the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel provided an enlightening presentation on Competency Based Training. He noted that the goal of competency-based training and assessment is to produce a competent workforce by providing focused training directly related to

IMO Container Weight Verification Deadline Approaches

The International Maritime Organization‘s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 93rd session in May 2014, approved changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention regarding a mandatory container weight verification requirement on shippers. The Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargo and Containers (DSC) Sub-committee approved changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

Banning lithium battery cargo from commercial aircraft hurts supply chains

Update as of 2/23/2016: ICAO Approves ANC’s recommendations to prohit the carriage of UN 3480 on passenger aircraft http://www.icao.int/safety/DangerousGoods/Pages/DGP25-Report.aspx Rule goes into effect on April 1, 2016. IATA published an update to their document titled “Lithium Batteries as Cargo in 2016” to inform lithium battery shippers of the pending ban of lithium batteries on passenger aircraft. On

Lufthansa becomes the latest airline to restrict lithium battery transport—and the strictest.

Ban lithium batteries from airlines? Pursue the violators instead.

On August 12, 2015, a handling agent at London’s Heathrow Airport saw smoke emanating from a pallet that had arrived from Hong Kong. He removed the smoking box and discovered that a lithium battery packed inside—with more than 500 others—had caught fire. The ensuing investigation revealed that: It was unlikely that the shipment’s battery type

The potential costs and consequences of airlines’ lithium battery restrictions

Last week, Lufthansa enacted some of the strictest lithium battery shipping restrictions in the industry—banning some shipments from all its aircraft, both cargo and passenger, and tightening restrictions on other shipments. Lufthansa’s new rules are the latest and strictest in a long line of airline-imposed restrictions on lithium battery shipments. Billions of batteries are shipped

Malaysia Airlines Suspension on Carriage of Lithium Batteries

Labelmaster recently published a blog on the Boeing advisory relative to lithium battery cargo shipment and indicated that there would likely be implications (e.g. airlines imposing additional restrictions). Malaysia Airlines recently announced a temporary suspension on the transport of lithium batteries that went into effect on July 27, 2015. The suspension applies to lithium metal

ICAO DG Panel Working Group Agrees to Establish a Task Group on Performance-Based Standards for the Safe Air Transport of Lithium Batteries

                      The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel Working Group was held from April 27 – May 1 in Montreal, Canada.  Lithium battery regulations again consumed a majority of the discussion.  A primary decision involved an agreement to establish a task group of

Lufthansa becomes the latest airline to restrict lithium battery transport—and the strictest.

Airlines Imposing Additional Restrictions on Lithium Battery Shipments

There have been a number of recent news media accounts related to the transport of lithium batteries aboard aircraft.  While the air transport of lithium cells and batteries is fundamentally safe there have been incidents that should raise concern.   In almost all of the incidents that have occurred there has not been conclusive evidence to

The Long Awaited US DOT Lithium Battery Final Rule to be Published Soon

The long awaited publication of a final rule to align the US Hazardous Materials Regulations lithium battery transport requirements with the requirements in international regulations is likely to be published now that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), concluded its regulatory review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Final Rule, “Hazardous

The Long Awaited US DOT Lithium Battery Final Rule to be Published Soon

The long awaited publication of a final rule to align the US Hazardous Materials Regulations lithium battery transport requirements with the requirements in international regulations is likely to be published now that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), concluded its regulatory review of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Final Rule, “Hazardous

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