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12/17/2013

Preparing Your Hazmat Shipments for 2014

As we approach year’s end, it is critical to look ahead and prepare for the many new hazmat shipping requirements that will become mandatory in 2014 and beyond. Don’t be caught off guard when these updated 49 CFR, IATA, and IMDG rules go into effect—prepare your operations to comply now. Shipping mistakes can lead to injury to personnel and costly shipping delays...

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11/19/2013

Classifying Marine Pollutants

One of the primary categories of environmental hazardous substances are marine pollutants—substances that are toxic to aquatic life...

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10/29/2013

Scary Stories of Noncompliance

As Halloween approaches, you are probably hearing a lot of scary stories. You may enjoy these tales of terror, but if you are not careful with how you manage your facilities, you may find yourself in a scary story of your own...

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10/15/2013

Lithium Batteries Make Frequently Cited Violations List

In an October 2 Final Rule published in the Federal Register, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) added a number of lithium battery-related shipping mistakes to its list of Frequently Cited Violations. The unique hazards posed by lithium batteries caught the attention of regulators in part due to a growing number of uses for these batteries, an increase in shipping volume, and many...

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09/27/2013

New Highway-Rail Crossing Rule for Hazmat Carriers

A new joint rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) aims to prevent highway-rail grade crossing crashes.   The new rule prohibits drivers of commercial motor vehicles containing certain consignments of hazardous materials from driving across highway-rail grade crossings unless there is...

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09/17/2013

Training Your DOT Hazmat Employees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all “hazmat employees” receive training to perform their jobs correctly and ensure compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. [49 CFR 173.1(b)] In general, a hazmat employee is anyone who in the course of his or her employment directly affects the safety of transportation of hazardous materials.
 
Hazmat employee training must include...

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08/20/2013

Following the Correct IMDG Code for 2014

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code is the international standard for packing and shipping hazardous materials by vessel. It is created and maintained by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Unlike the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations, which is published annually, the IMDG Code is published only once every 2 years. This unique publication schedule leads to...

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07/24/2013

Spring 2013 Regulatory Agendas Now Available

On Tuesday July 23rd the Federal Register published a series of notices announcing the availability of the Spring 2013 Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory & Deregulatory Actions. The complete agendas were posted to reginfo.gov on July 5th. Tuesday’s Register contains excerpts and summaries of the full agendas to comply with the Regulatory Fexlibity Act...

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07/17/2013

USPS Hazmat Shipping Challenges

E-commerce is booming—often involving direct shipments to customers from manufacturers, suppliers, and online auctions—and the use of the United States Postal Service (Post Office) to ship small packages of hazardous materials is becoming more common. Add to this the Post Office’s “If it fits, it ships” marketing campaign for its Priority One service, and companies are...

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06/18/2013

Labeling Small Limited Quantity Shipments

Over the next few years, the Department of Transportation is phasing out the old ORM-D classification for consumer commodities and replacing it with an expanded universe of limited quantity authorizations. In most cases, the only difference for the end-user will be...

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