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DG Digest: PHMSA’s proposed harmonization rule — HM-215O — released, comment period closes early in 2019

DG Digest: PHMSA’s proposed harmonization rule — HM-215O — released, comment period closes early in 2019

Hopefully everyone has had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday period—welcome back!  The last two busy weeks of regulatory activity are below, with the elephant in the room being the release this morning of PHMSA’s HM-215O International Harmonization NPRM, or proposed rule.  This rule, once implemented, would align US regulations with those found in the

Getting You Ready — New Lithium Battery Marks and Labels are Mandatory on January 1st

As 2019 quickly approaches, lithium battery shippers need to be aware of the mandatory label changes that become effective on January 1st. For almost 2 years shippers of small (excepted) batteries and battery-powered devices have had the option to use either the lithium battery handling “Caution” label or the lithium battery mark while operating under

What are Materials of Trade, and why should you care?

In last week’s post about non-hazmat employees who should receive hazmat training, Labelmaster Director of Global Learning Rhonda Jessop recommended 49 CFR training for employees who transport “Materials of Trade,” which she defined as: “… specific amounts of regulated substances that are transported for use on the job, such as painters carrying commercial-sized containers of

Begin Using those New EPA 5-Part Hazardous Waste Manifests on June 30th!

If you or your company generate or handle hazardous waste, you should be aware by now that the EPA will launch their new e-Manifest system on June 30, 2018 (only 15 days away!). The e-Manifest system is a national system to track hazardous waste electronically, and will eventually completely replace paper manifests. For at least

PHMSA publishes proposed upcoming regulatory agenda

The US government’s Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, recently published the projected regulatory agenda that PHMSA intends to pursue over the next six months.  Federal agencies typically publish their agendas on a semiannual basis as an indicator of the priorities they envision working on.  Such activities will be published in the Federal Register

DG Digest: PHMSA defines scope and mission of new Accident Investigation Team

The year progresses; here it is May tomorrow already!  April closes out with significantly increased regulatory activity; the biggest news being PHMSA’s announcement of a new Research and Development Forum and a big plug for its new Hazmat Investigative team.  See all the details below: PHMSA The agency reiterated the mission of its new hazmat

What Obexion’s special permit means for lithium battery shipping

If your business ever ships damaged, defective or recalled lithium-ion batteries—or devices that contain them—you need a thorough knowledge of section 173.185 of the 49th volume of the Code of Federal Regulations. Ha! Just kidding! You really only need to know one word: Obexion. Here’s why: In addition to its revolutionary, fire-mitigating fiberboard material, every

DG Digest: EPA to Scrap Obama ‘Clean Power Plan’ and DOT Expands Banned Drugs List

As the weather declines and the days shorten, we all spend more time indoors—time to make sure your HVAC systems are running safely.  Each year, Carbon Monoxide poisoning takes an unfortunate toll, and a few simple checks can save lives.  Inspect your home and workplace systems soon!  This week’s regulatory activity was light; here the

DG Digest: TSA Expanding Biometric Data to Pre-Check Customers and OSHA Issues IRC on ‘Control of Hazardous Energy.’

Halloween has come and gone, and November is rushing right in with the holiday season just around the corner.  Will regulatory activity speed up with the season?  We’ll have to wait and see.  Here’s what was new this week, with Information Collection Requests and meeting notices being the primary stories: OSHA The agency renewed an

DG Digest: U.S. DOT Opens Comments on Draft Strategic Plans through 2022

If you are reading this on the regular distribution, then it’s Halloween Day.  Happy Halloween!  The Labelmaster family hopes that everyone enjoys the holiday safely.  This is a two week digest to cover last week’s “skip,” however, activity remains quite low and as such, we have a fairly minimal report for you.  Here’s what was

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