DG Digest: PHMSA reinstates pandemic relief of test & recertification of pressure cylinders; IMO releases chart outlining current and future IMDG Code amendments

Hopefully, everyone has had a chance to enjoy all or part of the ongoing Labelmaster Dangerous Goods Symposium. As usual, the employees creating and coordinating the event are doing their amazing best. Many thanks to them, to all of the speakers, and to everyone participating. (You can register for this week’s sessions here.) Hopefully, next year’s event can return to its more traditional live in person format, but the course of the pandemic will determine that outcome. A lot can happen in a year’s time. Let’s all cross our fingers for 2022! Things got just a touch busier in the regulatory world this week; here’s the latest news:


The agency reinstated a pandemic related relief measure related to the periodic test and recertification of pressure cylinders. Such cylinders have been more difficult to test than is usual because of the ongoing logistical challenges presented by COVID-19. PHMSA is acting to extend relief. See the reinstatement here.


The agency published a new ICR related to the establishment and reporting of quality and data standards for certifying its approved test laboratories. Such partner labs provide stakeholders with sites that allow for obtaining necessary OSHA required certifications to meet compliance requirements for various types of safety equipment and or help with other issues related to employee safety. See the ICR here.

Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board

The Board announced a pair of virtual meetings. The first is on September 24th and the second is on October 29th.  The board assists OSHA and other government agency safety stakeholders with issues related to chemical safety and incident investigation. See the meeting information here:




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the regulations applicable to phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) promulgated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Specifically, EPA is extending the compliance date applicable to the processing and distribution in commerce of certain PIP (3:1)- containing articles, and the PIP (3:1) used to make those articles from March 8, 2021, to March 8, 2022. For such articles, EPA is also extending the compliance date for the recordkeeping requirements applicable to manufacturers, processors, and distributors from March 8, 2021, to March 8, 2022. The articles covered by this amendment include a wide range of key consumer and commercial goods such as cellular telephones, laptop computers, and other electronic and electrical devices and industrial and commercial equipment used in various sectors including transportation, life sciences, and semiconductor production. This final rule is effective on September 17, 2021.


The IMO released a newly revised chart showing its currently planned amendment cycle for the IMDG Maritime Dangerous Goods Code. Amendment 40-20 is currently in force and the chart projects succeeding versions as well.  See the new chart here.

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