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Supply Chain Issues Related to Hazardous Materials Cost Wal-Mart More Than $82 Million

A recent plea agreement by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is a stark reminder of the fines and penalties retailers face if they improperly handle and transport hazardous materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Tuesday that Wal-Mart pled guilty in cases involving the illegal handling and disposing of hazardous materials at retail stores across

White Paper: GHS Impact on U.S. Chemical Manufacturers – Regulatory Changes and Practical Guidance

Chemical manufacturers bear the brunt of changes brought about in OSHA’s 2012 Hazard Communication Standard. With the first deadline approaching, which requires employee training be completed by December 1, 2013, the meticulous work of classifying chemicals, compiling data for publication in the new safety data sheet format and changing labels is just beginning for U.S.

First Compliance Date Looms for OSHA’s 2012 Hazard Communication Standard

The 2012 changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration brought the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). According to the final rule, the GHS/HCS compliance requirements will be phased in over a four-year period.  The first compliance date,

GHS: Learning the Ropes

Much of the “buzz” in the U.S. regulatory community this year, at least in hazard communication, has been about a three letter acronym that may still be a mystery to many: “GHS.” What does this acronym stand for, and how will it affect you and your company as it relates to hazard communication? One thing

A.I.R. Shipper 2013 Addendum/Corrigendum Issued

Users of Labelmaster’s A.I.R. Shipper (Air International Regulations for Shippers of Dangerous Goods) should take note that the first Addendum/Corrigendum (or revision) of the regulations for 2013 has been released. A variety of sources are used for this revision; however, the primary source remains the regulations promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  A.I.R. Shipper presents

Reminder: Upcoming Transitional Date for Basic Shipping Description Sequence

On December 29, 2006, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a final rule in the Federal Register harmonizing certain aspects of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and the

Aerosols: Is Further Harmonization Needed?

With so much focus over the years on harmonizing the dangerous goods regulations, one commodity that can definitely benefit from a focused review is the entry for aerosols.  This is particularly a concern relative to U.S. regulations, where the definition for aerosols is not aligned with the international definition.  In §171.8 of the Hazardous Materials