Author Archives: Mike Pagel

Why large battery shippers need a compliance assessment

Why large battery shippers need a compliance assessment

Anyone who ships lithium batteries or battery-powered products knows that compliant battery shipping is a constant challenge. But shippers who undertake the effort to improve their compliance often discover improvements in other areas as well. As a Labelmaster consultant, I recently helped a global robotics company enhance its Dangerous Goods compliance procedures—and, in the process,

How can you keep customer returns of Dangerous Goods compliant?

Q: Reviewing the PHMSA HM-253 Final Rule on reverse logistics issued March 31, it appears it doesn’t really address returns from consumers to suppliers or manufacturers. How do you suggest keeping these shipments compliant? You are correct. Although the new PHMSA ruling contains regulatory relief for reverse logistics shipments that originate from retail stores, it

Domestic shippers take note: PHMSA to adopt ICAO lithium battery rules

When the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) imposed new lithium battery air shipping restrictions April 1, 2016, many shippers whose products never cross US borders believed that the new rules didn’t apply to them. Because those restrictions have not been adopted into the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR),

Which of your employees needs hazmat training?

Q: Our company ships hazardous materials. How do we identify which employees actually need hazmat training? It’s vital that you make informed decisions as to which members of your team need training. Because non-existent or insufficient training is one of the most common violations cited by enforcement agencies, you need to ensure your company maintains

Lithium Battery Regulations: Are Retailers Getting Their Shipments Together?

On Friday, August 7, 2015, the US Department of Transportation’s new lithium battery shipping rules went into effect. In the weeks since, retailers have handled the challenges of the new regulations as best they can. Many are still scrambling, as they adapt their shipping operations to rules that never applied to their business before. The

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