December continues its slow slide into the official beginning of winter, with the solstice on the 21st—just a couple of days away. Stay warm and safe! The holidays are here, and no one wants to be ill or injured for them. Take the right steps to protect yourself and your fellow employees! It was a busy week in the regulatory world, with both IATA and the IMO releasing documents related to their forthcoming new texts, so let’s jump right in.
The association published an addendum to the about-to-become-effective 64th Edition of the DGR. Highlights include:
- Additional operator variations
- Modification of SP A111 regarding oxygen generators
- Changes to packing instructions including for aerosols and (what else) lithium batteries
- An extension to the end of March 2023 for the use of UN 1169
- Revised competent authority contacts
- An update to the non-radioactive acceptance checklist
The IMO published what amounts to a “significant changes” list to its new Amendment 41-22 of the IMDG Code. A very brief summary:
- Amendments intended to align with the amendments to the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, 21st Revision Edition
- Regular updates to classification, segregation, packing and marking of dangerous good
- Clarification for marking Class 7 goods in overpacks
- New or revised definitions
- Updated portable tank standards
- Removal of the telephone number requirement for Lithium Battery Markings
- Changes to special stowage requirements
The agency published a revised risk determination for perchloroethylene. This is a relatively commonly used industrial cleaning chemical often used in electronics maintenance, so fi your workplace is affected, be sure to look this over.
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