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Changes to 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook Now Available

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently posted its summary of changes to the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). The ERG is revised every four years in order to accommodate new product introductions, technology updates and regulatory changes.  The following is the list of modifications to the 2012 ERG as provided by PHMSA:

PHMSA Considering Harmonization with International Air Requirements for Transport of Lithium Batteries and Cells

PHMSA is attempting to breathe new life into stronger domestic shipping standards for lithium batteries with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued today. PHMSA originally issued a NPRM to address the air transportation risks posed by lithium cells and batteries more than two years ago. Since that time, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO)

OSHA to Publish GHS Final Rule, Revise Hazcom Standard

In an effort to “improve the quality and consistency of hazard information, making it safer for workers to do their jobs and easier for employers to stay competitive,” the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals,

OSHA to Announce GHS Updates to Hazard Communication Standard in Teleconference

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a news release announcing a March 20 teleconference to provide details on the final rule that updates the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard to align it with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals: “Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, joined by

The 2012 Dangerous Goods Instructors Symposium Returns to Chicago

The seventh edition of Labelmaster’s now iconic Dangerous Goods Instructors Symposium is coming up on Sept. 5-7 in our hometown of Chicago. I’m looking forward to welcoming more than 150 old and new colleagues to our meeting, which will take place at the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile. If you haven’t been to one of these unique

New Inspection Rules for Importing Hazardous Chemicals into China

China has tightened the reins on hazardous chemical imports: beginning Feb. 1, China started compulsory inspections on more than 150 hazardous chemicals and substances brought into the country, specifically focusing on GHS compliance. The Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service (CIRS) noted that this is the result of an update to China’s 2012 Catalog of Entry

Common Questions About the 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook

With the 2012 version of the Emergency Response Guidebook scheduled for distribution in the next few months, we’ve naturally received quite a few questions related to when ERGs will be in stock. The following FAQ aims to answer these inquiries: When will the ERG be ready to ship? In short, it’s up to the U.S.

ICAO DGP Concludes Discussions, Agrees to Amend ICAO Technical Instructions to Further Reduce Risk Associated With Lithium Battery Shipments

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) held its specially scheduled working group this week at ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada. The meeting was chaired by Geoff Leach, the member nominated by the United Kingdom. Sixteen out of the 19 members were in attendance along with observers from Dangerous Goods Advisory Council

Legislation Restricts DOT Lithium Battery Regulation (Maybe), Provides Exemption from Oxygen Overpack Requirements for Alaska

A compromise by the U.S. House and Senate on competing Federal Aviation Administration long-term funding bills includes provisions affecting two hot button issues for U.S. hazardous material shippers: lithium battery shipping standards and overpack requirements for transporting oxygen in Alaska. Lithium Batteries On Jan. 31, 2012, members of the House and Senate announced they had

Review of OSHA’s GHS Final Rule Concluded

UPDATE (2/23): The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs concluded the review of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revised hazard communication standard on Feb. 21, 2012. The rule was returned to OSHA with a “consistent with change” notice, meaning OIRA did make modifications to the proposed rule. OSHA will

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