Author Archives: Paul Burgess

Boeing Offers Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance

Boeing Offers Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance

Seldom does a guidance document from a private business causes much stir in the aviation transport community when it comes to Dangerous Goods; however, that is not the case after the Boeing Company released new guidance on July 17th regarding the bulk carriage of Lithium Ion Batteries (UN3480) on its passenger aircraft.  Along with European maker Airbus,

Canadian Pacific Railway Continues Court Action on Lac Megantic Train Disaster Settlement

In continued litigation tied to the horrendous oil train derailment and subsequent fatal explosions and fires in Lac Megantic, Quebec in 2013, Class One railway Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it would continue to seek protection from liability and ask for voiding court action in reference to the $432 million dollar (Canadian) settlement recently agreed

Older Driver’s Medical Certificate Gets Six Month Reprieve

FMCSA correction of 6/22/2015 In the June 22nd, 2015 edition of the US Federal Register, the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised its requirements to use the new MCSA-5875 Report of Examination and MCSA-5876 Medical Exam Certificate for Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL) holders.  The docket ([Docket No. FMCSA–2012–0178])

Summer Doldrums Allow a Chance to Catch up on GHS

One of the things that Labelmaster does to stay ahead of regulatory requirements for our customers is to monitor the United States Federal Register each day.  If you don’t know what that is, it can be briefly described as the “book”—it’s an electronic publication, these days; that the federal government uses to give notice of

US FRA Issues Safety Advisory for Passenger Train Operations

In continuing fallout from several recent passenger train accidents including fatality accidents on New York’s Metro-North commuter system and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Service, both of which incidents have been alleged to have had apparent contributing factors of excessive speed entering curves, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today issued a formal

Clock Ticks Towards June 1st 2015, the Next OSHA/GHS Hazcom Deadline

There was a bustle of activity on the hazard communication front in 2013 as companies scrambled to meet a December 1st federal deadline to train their employees in the required elements of the updated Hazard Communication regulation which fully embraced the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals, or as it is

Trucker’s Group Requests Extension of Comment Period for FMCSA Required Drug and Alcohol Testing

In an action published in yesterday’s Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended the comment period on the proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would establish a new nationwide database for reporting and tracking drug and alcohol related citations and test results for operators of commercial vehicles (CMV) holding

FMCSA Releases Revised National Hazardous Materials Route Registry

In the April 29, 2015 edition of the Federal Register, the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised National Hazardous Materials Route Registry (NHMRR) which spells out approved routes for road vehicles to transport hazardous materials in the United States.  The Registry also contains extensive information designed

Avoiding the Deadline Crisis: Understanding the HCS and its Deadline Schedule and Mandates

The annual angst over Income Tax Deadline Day isn’t the only federal date mandate causing concern this April.  There is a seeming whirlwind of confusion amongst American businesses about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard’s (HCS) deadline dates for compliance with what nearly everyone calls “the GHS.” It’s not really the