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DG Digest: regulatory freeze may mean rollbacks and will PHMSA preempt Oregon’s haz waste rule?

DG Digest: regulatory freeze may mean rollbacks and will PHMSA preempt Oregon’s haz waste rule?

The new week brings with it uncertainty over the current regulatory situation.  On January 21st, 2017, the newly installed Trump Administration imposed a regulatory freeze on US federal rulemaking.  As a result, rules not yet finalized for submission to the Federal Register were placed in hold status; rules which had been finalized but were not

7 clues that Game of Thrones is really about hazmat shipping

Every Sunday night, millions of people worldwide gather to watch a show about kings, queens, dragons and Class 3 hazmat. Yes, it’s Game of Thrones, and it’s the greatest show about Dangerous Goods ever created. What’s that? You don’t think Game of Thrones is about hazmat shipping? Here are seven uncanny similarities that will prove

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

DG Digest: More Lithium Battery News, PHMSA Special Permits and FRA Fines Hit Record Heights

Several items of note occurred in the DG world last week, with new and revised regulations affecting everything from Limited Quantities to Lithium Batteries and a vital Federal Agency noting that its enforcement penalties were way up: ICAO/IATA Lithium Battery Rules Changes Both the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association

Federal Register publishes HM-233F revisions to the HMR

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) yesterday published the newest rulemaking under its HM-233 Docket family.  This incorporates various aspects of previously issued Special Permits (SP’s) into the body of the regulations.  Specials Permits are administrative actions that grant specific users permission to do something outside of

DG Digest: FMCSA lowers truckers’ substance test rates, will hold FAST sessions; FRA begins PTC data collection

December 24: FMCSA cuts random truckers’ testing rate for substance abuse to 25%. Good news for truck drivers and carriers—the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has cut the random testing rate for substance abuse in half, from 50% to 25%. This should produce a nice savings for carriers,

ICAO proposing even more changes to lithium battery rules for air shipment

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held its semi-annual meeting in Montreal, Canada earlier this month. Among many issues discussed there were further changes that may affect shippers and carriers of lithium batteries. This commodity has been under the spotlight for several years now on account of the sometimes-volatile transport incidents that have come to

Guest Blog: Workplace and transport labeling: Communication cures the confusion

Guest blogger Chandra Deeds Gioiello helps clients across the globe navigate regulations with Industrial Health & Safety Consultants, Inc. She is a registered Safety Data Sheet and Label Author and a Certified Industrial Hygienist, specializing in international hazard communication regulations.  I have written Safety Data Sheets for employers throughout the world. I’ve classified mixtures according

Infographic 2015 Regulations in Review

Infographic | 2015 Regulations in Review

Emergency orders and advisories? Check. Airlines making their own rules? Check. Congress playing politics with key deadlines? No surprise to anyone who’s worked in the world of DG shipping regulations for more than 15 minutes. We know there’s only one constant—change.     Download a printable PDF of the Infographic | 2015 Regulations in Review

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

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