Week of February 20th, 2023
Linking supply chain news with dangerous goods compliance
Attention to safe and responsible supply chain practices has increased in recent years. Whether shipping lithium batteries, chemicals or some other dangerous good, it’s important to understand the risk and take steps to ensure compliance.
Let’s examine some recent developments in the EV battery market.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
- Addressing Challenges to the Hazardous Materials Supply Chain: Ongoing global supply chain challenges have spotlighted the need for improvements in DG management processes, training and technology.
- Automating the Hazardous Materials Supply Chain: While organizations are constantly investing in automation to cope with numerous systemic stress factors, they often overlook one facet of automation that can help or hinder their success: dangerous goods automation.
- Elon Musk’s Neuralink is Under Investigation for Possible Unsafe Transport of Contaminated Hardware: Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink is being investigated by regulators for allegedly packaging and transporting contaminated hardware in an unsafe manner.
- Lawmakers Want to See More Reporting Requirements for Trains Carrying Hazardous Materials: Ohio lawmakers want stricter regulations for trains carrying hazardous materials that travel through Ohio.
- US Toxic Train Saga Shows Growing Environmental Risks in Logistics: This month’s derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous chemicals in the eastern Ohio village of East Palestine has brought into sharp focus the growing environmental risks embedded in supply chains.
- DGCA Issues Fresh Guidelines on Training of Crew for Carrying Dangerous Goods by Aircraft: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued fresh guidelines on the training program to be undertaken by aircraft operating personnel for carrying dangerous goods by air.
- Don’t overlook compliance. Dangerous goods have the potential to impact public safety and the environment and, as a result, brand equity. Unfortunately, organizations often put their operational efficiency, competitive agility, reputation and bottom line at risk by ignoring the necessary technology and training in place to ensure compliance.
- Address your compliance gaps. For years, DG pros have reported key gaps within organizations’ supply chain processes and infrastructure that has made maintaining a compliant and reliable hazmat supply chain challenging. According to the 2022 Global Dangerous Goods Confidence Outlook, the areas that are the most problematic: automating processes, harmonizing processes across the supply chain, and accessing complete and accurate data.
- Establish compliant shipping processes. Establishing repeatable and reliable operations helps enable faster shipping processes while also helping ensure regulatory compliance for every shipment, across all locations. This can be enhanced through automation by validating orders against the latest regulations and driving efficiencies for repetitive shipments from the same or multiple facilities.
Have questions about Dangerous Goods transport? Call the Labelmaster Regulatory Hotline at 1.800.621.5808.