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Reverse Logistics Addressed in PHMSA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is requesting input to help formulate policies regarding the transport of hazardous consumer products during the “reverse logistics” portion of the supply chain. PHMSA published an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) late last week soliciting public comments in order to identify ways to reduce the

2012 Emergency Response Guidebook Now Available

The 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook, a must-have hazmat incident resource for first responders and hazmat shippers, is in stock! Standard-bound regular size (English and Spanish) and pocket size ERGs are available to ship immediately. Additionally, the remaining variations of the 2012 ERG are expected to arrive on the following dates: Pocket size spiral-bound 2012 ERG

Time and Temperature Sensitive Label Now Mandatory for Select Healthcare Cargo Shipments

Beginning this month, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now requires that certain healthcare cargo air shipments utilize a “Time and Temperature Sensitive” label in order to communicate the unique needs of these materials. Background of the need for the label, first introduced in 2010, was detailed in a recent IATA information notice: “The air

The 41st Session of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Part II

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Sub-Committee) concluded on Wednesday. The following summary is the second and final in our series highlighting papers discussed during the course of the session. For more background on this meeting, please view our overview of the 41st Session

The Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2012

Few within the hazmat industry believed a hazmat reauthorization bill would be approved prior to November’s U.S. presidential election. Thus, in what should be considered a surprising move, Congress passed a $105-billion transportation bill this past Friday, part of which includes provisions for hazardous materials transportation safety. The complete text for the Moving Ahead for

The 41st Session of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Part I

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Sub-Committee) convened earlier this week. The following is a summary of papers discussed so far. We will provide periodic updates throughout the course of the meetings. For more background on this meeting, please view our overview of the

World’s Dangerous Goods Transportation Experts to Convene in Switzerland Beginning Next Week

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG Sub-Committee) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 25 to July 4.  The 41st session of the TDG Sub-Committee is the third of four meetings scheduled for the 2011-12 biennium. The primary purpose of the meeting will

New ICAO Lithium Battery Regulations Will Present Significant Challenges in 2013. Are You Ready?

One of the most noteworthy changes that will come into force in the 2013 ICAO Technical Instructions is the reworking of the various packing instructions for lithium ion and metal batteries and cells. ICAO has determined that some lithium batteries currently assigned to Section II of Packing Instruction 965 (for lithium ion) and 968 (for

Roadcheck 2012 to Focus on Vehicle Brake Systems, Preventing Driver Fatigue

Trucking, transportation and logistics companies should take note that Roadcheck 2012 will take place June 5-7. This annual event, organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles (CMV) in the world. The CVSA, which states that approximately 14 trucks or buses were inspected, on average,

PHMSA Responds to Recent Rule Appeals, Proposes to Extend ORM-D System Phase-Out Until End of 2015

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the U.S. Federal Register today addressing appeals that resulted from recent harmonization rules HM-215K and HM-231, both of which dealt with hazmat packaging requirements. Companies should examine the NPRM carefully and work with their respective trade organizations to ensure that

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