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07/07/2015

How Lithium Batteries Become a Workplace Hazard

Experts predict a $22 billion market for lithium batteries in 2016. The rising popularity of these batteries makes it crucial that manufacturers, shippers, and consumers who handle and use lithium-battery-powered devices know the safety hazards these products pose. By following some basic handling and storage guidelines, everyone who comes in contact with lithium batteries can avoid short circuits, fires, and injuries...

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06/24/2015

Basic Description vs. Shipping Description—What’s the Difference?

In a recent request for interpretation submitted to the US DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a hazmat industry group asked the DOT to clarify its use of two specific terms in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)...

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06/18/2015

DOT, EPA, and OSHA Post Spring Regulatory Agendas in Today’s Federal Register

Today’s Federal Register includes Semiannual Regulatory Agendas from the US Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, and other major regulatory agencies.  Required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, these Agendas list new and upcoming rulemaking activity that will affect hazmat shippers, hazardous waste generators, manufacturers, and industry employers...

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06/17/2015

FMCSA Shuts Down Hazmat Fireworks Co. for HMR Violations

This month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an  out-of-service order to effectively shut down an Illinois-based hazmat shipper. According to the order, the company hauled fireworks in violation of the US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and other DOT regulations and posed an “imminent hazard to public safety.”...

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06/16/2015

US DOT's Security Planning Requirements

At industrial facilities, the characteristics that make the products we use useful and effective can also make them hazardous. When these materials are misused or released into the environment, the results can be devastating...

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05/20/2015

Hazmat Airbag Recall Now Affects 34 Million Vehicles

In a defect report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), major air bag supplier Takata has acknowledged defects in its air bag inflators, leading NHTSA to expand an ongoing recall effort which will now affect nearly 34 million vehicles...

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05/20/2015

DOT Finalizes New Rail Rules for Flammable Liquids

The US and Canada are in the midst of a boom in crude oil production, thanks in part to new technologies and newly discovered sources. Production of oil, natural gas, and ethanol fuel has increased dramatically in the past fifteen years...

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05/06/2015

DOT’s New Rules for Shipping Class 3 Liquids by Rail

Last week, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a Final Rule to improve the safety of flammable liquids shipped by rail.  The new rule comes in response to a rash of high-profile train de-railings involving large shipments of crude oil and other products across the US and Canada... 

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05/05/2015

IATA’s Addendum II to the 56th Ed. DGR

On May 4, 2015, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) posted the second Addendum to the 56th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR). Compliance with the 56th Edition DGR has been mandatory since January 1 of this year. Once again, lithium battery shippers need to pay close attention. The regulations and the State and Operator variations for lithium batteries continue to change...

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05/05/2015

GHS Deadline Is Less Than 30 Days Away

In 2012, the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated final amendments to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), to harmonize it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)... 

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