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08/21/2014

Significant Changes to IATA’s 56th Edition DGR

This fall, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will publish the 56th Edition of its Dangerous Goods Regulations. Compliance with the 56th edition DGR is mandatory starting January 1, 2015. To help shippers stay up-to-date with the latest hazmat air shipping rules, below is a summary of major changes that will appear in IATA’s forthcoming edition...

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08/19/2014

How Small Is Too Small for Hazmat Markings?

In 2013, domestic and international regulatory agencies (DOT, IATA, and IMO) implemented regulations to standardize the size of markings on packages of hazmat. Standardization across national borders, modes of transportation, and industry sectors streamlines compliance, reduces confusion, and increases the safety, security, and efficiency of international hazmat transportation. During this process, the one element that...

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07/29/2014

DOT and OSHA Criteria for Biohazards

Infectious substances and pathogens are regulated by both the US DOT and OSHA due to the unique hazards they pose, namely causing disease in humans or animals. The DOT and OSHA regulations vary in scope because the two programs have different goals: the former seeks to ensure the safety of hazmat transported on public roads, while the latter...

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07/29/2014

US Postal Service Revises Standards for Hazardous Material

On July 24, 2014, the United States Postal Service, in Postal Bulletin 22394, declared its intention to revise the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as part of an initiative to eliminate redundancy and streamline information. For lithium battery shippers, this revision is especially important: Under Section 662.52 of the DMM, the allowance for mailing laptops and other portable electronics powered by lithium-ion batteries through airmail has...

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07/15/2014

Hazmat in Healthcare: Division 6.2 and Medical Waste

Hazardous materials shippers have many responsibilities under US DOT regulations. The first and arguably most important step of the hazmat shipping process is classifying the material.
 
If this first step is done incorrectly, the packaging selected for the shipment may not be compatible or strong enough; the marks, labels, and shipping papers will be inaccurate; etc. In the event of an incident in transit...

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06/17/2014

Shipping Cryogenic Liquids Safely

Cryogenic liquids (i.e., cryogens) have unique properties that create a very different set of concerns and requirements when compared to materials like flammable liquids, corrosives, and poisons. The majority of the differences focus on packaging. In this article, we will limit the discussion to smaller packages such as cylinders and Dewar flasks and not worry about bulk shipments or tanks...

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06/13/2014

IATA Issues Addendum II to 55th Edition DGR

On June 6, 2014, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published the second addendum to its 55th Edition (2014) Dangerous Goods Regulations. Compliance with the 55th Edition DGR has been mandatory since January 1 of this year. Below is a summary of some of the revisions made in this Addendum...

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05/20/2014

Don’t Get Burned: Shipping Elevated-temperature Materials

Don't Get Burned Shipping Elevated-temperature Materials 
 
In the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), the US DOT sets specific requirements for elevated-temperature materials. Simply put, these are materials shipped at high temperatures. Common examples of elevated-temperature materials include asphalt and roofing tar...

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04/15/2014

DOT Hazmat Registrations Due by June 30th

Department of Transportation hazmat registrations for the 2014-2015 year are due by June 30th. Does your company plan on shipping ANY loads that require a placard? In other words, if an empty truck or rail car is loaded at your property and now requires a placard, then you must be registered with DOT as a hazmat shipper. If your trucks are placarded, then...

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03/18/2014

Shipping Limited Quantity Domestic vs. International

When shipped by ground, air, or ocean, a number of common household items are regulated as hazmat by the US Department of Transportation. Because they are common and largely low-risk materials, many household cleaners, medicines, and cosmetics are afforded certain reliefs when packaged as a limited quantity. When packaged in certain ways, these items are also sometimes referred to as consumer commodities...

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