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Clock Ticks Towards June 2015: Next OSHA/GHS Hazcom Deadline

There was a bustle of activity on the hazard communication front late last year as many companies scrambled to meet a December 1st 2013 federal deadline to train their employees in the required elements of the updated Hazard Communication regulation which fully embraced the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals, or

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

Required Regulatory Change Affects Marking Text Size for Hazard Class Labels

Both the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently changed the required size of the text to be used when marking the United Nations Identification Number (UNID Number) on packages of dangerous goods/hazardous materials.  The UNID Number is a four-digit numerical designator (for example, UN1993) which provides an internationally recognized identification number

PHMSA Publishes Long-Awaited HM-215L Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Harmonization the Hazardous Materials Regulations with International Standards

The DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published the long-awaited HM-215L Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) today. The NPRM proposes a number of amendments to align the Hazardous Materials Regulations; 49 CFR Parts 171-180 (HMR) with the latest editions of the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (17th revised

The 41st Session of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Part II

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Sub-Committee) concluded on Wednesday. The following summary is the second and final in our series highlighting papers discussed during the course of the session. For more background on this meeting, please view our overview of the 41st Session

The 41st Session of the UN Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Part I

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (the Sub-Committee) convened earlier this week. The following is a summary of papers discussed so far. We will provide periodic updates throughout the course of the meetings. For more background on this meeting, please view our overview of the

World’s Dangerous Goods Transportation Experts to Convene in Switzerland Beginning Next Week

The 41st session of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG Sub-Committee) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 25 to July 4.  The 41st session of the TDG Sub-Committee is the third of four meetings scheduled for the 2011-12 biennium. The primary purpose of the meeting will

A Look at Five Common Hazmat Packaging Violations

Shipping hazardous materials involves compliance with a host of applicable regulations dependent on the material and mode of transport in order to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved in the process. However, confusion over certain aspects of hazmat transport leads to repeated violations of such rules. In order to help keep shippers aware

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