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12/19/2014

Countdown to New, Tougher Lithium Battery Shipping Rules

(Update: PHMSA extended the mandatory complinace date for ground shipments untl Aug. 7, 2015) Starting in February 2015, businesses that ship lithium batteries must comply with new US DOT standards for preparing shipments or risk fines up to $75,000 per day, per violation. The new regulations change nearly every step of the shipping process, including classification, marking, labeling, and filling out shipping papers.

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12/16/2014

Placarding Hazmat Vessel Shipments

Transporting materials by vessel is a dangerous business. Incidents are not uncommon and can threaten the cargo and crew. Rogue waves and human error can be a hazard in themselves; adding dangerous goods to the mix can be a recipe for disaster. Identifying dangerous goods and communicating their hazards to port and vessel personnel is vital...

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12/02/2014

GHS Labels May Delay Your Air Shipments

It's been nearly three years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) requirements. Officially published on March 26, 2012...

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11/18/2014

The Hazmat Air Shipping Rule-makers

Shippers who offer hazmat for air transport must follow specific international regulations. For US shippers, these air rules go above and beyond the basic requirements of Title 49 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) for ground shipments. The majority of these hazmat air rules comes from two organizations: ICAO and IATA. Knowing the difference between these organizations and their standards...

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10/22/2014

Halloween Hazmat Horror Stories

Falling leaves, full-grown pumpkins, and scary movie marathons mean only one thing: Halloween is here! In the spirit of this haunting holiday, Lion News has gathered some true tales of terror from 2014 that will send chills down the spines of shipping and EHS managers everywhere...

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09/30/2014

Selecting Proper Shipping Names for Hazardous Wastes

When generators ship hazardous waste off site, the waste is typically subject to the US DOT’s rules for hazmat shipments. One of the first and most important steps to shipping any hazmat, including hazardous waste, is...

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09/23/2014

Using Lab Packs for Chemical Shipments

Laboratories, universities, medical facilities, and warehouses use and generate many different chemical substances. Sometimes these chemicals go unused—they may be out of date, off-specification, or simply no longer needed. To protect employees from potential hazards...

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09/16/2014

MAP-21 Hazmat Progress Report

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is a 2012 Federal law that amended and renewed many of the US DOT’s hazmat shipping programs. The bill directs the DOT to study, report on, and create new regulations to address many issues. Recently, the DOT reported to Congress on its progress...
 

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08/28/2014

PHMSA Proposes Amendments to Hazmat Regulations: Maintains Harmonization with International Standards

On August 25th, at 79 FR 50742, the United States Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) proposed to amend the Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 100–199) to maintain alignment with evolving international standards. 
 
Public comments on the proposal must be received by October 24, 2014. A Final Rule is...

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08/21/2014

New Proposals in Hazmat Regulation

On August 11, at 79 FR 46748, the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (DOT PHMSA) proposed to revise the Hazardous Material Regulations applicable to return shipments of certain hazardous materials by motor vehicle.
 
Hazmat “reverse logistics”—how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors deal with product returns of hazardous materials—is a pressing...

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