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DG Digest: OSHA, the EPA and Canada Round Out a Busy Week

DG Digest: OSHA, the EPA and Canada Round Out a Busy Week

After a holiday weekend for many, we’re back on task with the most recent doings in the world of Dangerous Goods, EH&S, and other relevant regulations: OSHA: It seems that the agency’s effort to develop a rule dealing with so-called “Combustible Dusts” may be faltering. Apparently OSHA has pushed the issuance of any NPRM off

DG Digest: FRA Minimum Crews, PHMSA Special Permits, and Coast Guard Drones

Welcome to Spring!  Here’s the latest news from another busy week in the world of Dangerous Goods, EH&S, and associated regulations: Federal Railroad Administration: The FRA issued a new proposed rule which would mandate two-person minimum crews for all trains operating with certain commodities and under certain conditions; this in continued response to the Lac

DG Digest: MH370 Anniversary Fuels Speculation, Guide to Paraquat Hazard Mitigation

Another busy week in the world of Dangerous Goods, EH&S, and associated regulations: FMCSA:  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended the comment period for its proposed rulemaking revising the way in it assigns “Carrier Safety Fitness Determinations.” These determinations can be important to carriers for reasons like frequency of inspections, insurance costs, and

DG Digest: From OSHA’s “Flashpoint” Definition to FRA’s Quiet Zones

Another eventful week on the DG/Transport Scene! OSHA OSHA issued a revised definition of “Flashpoint,” correcting a CFR omission in its most recent iteration of the 29 CFR. OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) to create a new informational website which offers greatly enhanced safety guidance for users

DG Digest: China Transport Ministry Update, Battery Manufacturers Meet on OSHA, and RCC Webinar Information

Feb 9th – China In overseas news, the Transport Ministry of the People’s Republic of China has published new guidelines reinforcing the safety of handling of explosives, ammonia, and other materials of high concern at its ports of entry. The work comes after last summer’s deadly fire and explosions in the Chinese port city of

DG Digest: Star Wars criminal complaint, TDGR harmonization, and so much more!

The run-up to Valentine’s Day was not without interest in the world of Dangerous Goods and EH&S. Among the many highlights in a rather eventful week: February 9 The FRA issued a new rule regarding improved window glazing strength in all new locomotives and passenger carrying cars. The action comes as increased focus on railroad

DG Digest: PHMSA Hazmat R&D Meeting

February 4, 2016: PHMSA announces Hazardous Materials R&D public meeting The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) will host a public meeting between March 23 and March 24, 2016, at the Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters in Washington, D.C. The OHMS will be presenting the

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