Tag Archives: Hazmat/Dangerous Goods

The Changing Regulations Pertaining to the Transportation of Lithium Batteries

In August of 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated final rule HM-224F affecting the safe transport of lithium batteries[i].  DOT announced that the resultant effects from the revisions of HM-224F will “strengthen safety conditions for the shipment of lithium cells and batteries. These changes, some of which focus specifically on shipments by air, will better ensure that lithium cells and batteries are able to withstand normal transportation conditions and are packaged to reduce the possibility of damage that could lead to an unsafe situation[ii].” Continue reading

Identifying Non-hazardous Materials Effectively for Transport


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

US DOT/PHMSA Issues Interpretation Letter Regarding Class 9 Labels and Placards

In the July 20th, 2011 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule under [Docket No. PHMSA–2009–0151 (HM–218F)] under which the agency, among many other things, set forth new specifications and requirements governing the appearance of the Class 9 Hazard label. Continue reading

USDOT/PHMSA Issues New Special Permit Actions

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) today issued an end-of-the-fiscal-year listing of actions pertaining to Special Permits, including those applied for, those granted or withdrawn, and those modified. A variety of subjects are addressed, including issues affecting the transport of explosives, batteries, testing of UN Spec cylinders, use of repaired rail tank cars in commerce, and other unique situations. Continue reading

The Sky is NOT The Limit When Shipping DG

AIR0069It’s been a busy summer for our A.I.R. ShipperTM authoring team. Rolling in the large number of changes developed by ICAO, the UN and the IAEA was a challenge made more difficult with very late changes for lithium metal batteries. In case you hadn’t heard, these will be banned aboard passenger aircraft per the ICAO Technical Instructions effective January 1st, 2015; this in addition to their already-forbidden status under the US 49 CFR HMR aboard passenger aircraft flying to, from, and through the United States. Continue reading