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New Minimum Size Requirements for Hazmat Package Markings Expected to Take Effect in 2013

Hazmat shippers will want to take note of new UN recommendations regarding minimum dimension requirements for package markings that could have an effect as soon as next year. The 17th edition of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations requires that the UN number marked on packagings must meet minimum

PHMSA Adopts Secondary Closure Requirement for Certain Air Shipments of Hazardous Liquids

U.S. shippers of hazardous materials via aircraft should take note of new restrictions for combination packages containing liquids adopted by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last month. The new rule, HM-231A, amends the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations to “require closures of inner packagings containing liquids within a combination packaging intended for transportation by

A Look at Five Common Hazmat Packaging Violations

Shipping hazardous materials involves compliance with a host of applicable regulations dependent on the material and mode of transport in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved in the process. However, confusion over certain aspects of hazmat transport leads to repeated violations of such rules. In order to help keep shippers aware

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.

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